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A graphic novels reading list for children grades K - 5.

The Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List is a recommended reading list designed for children in grades K-5. The purpose of the list is to encourage students to explore a variety of current graphic novels. The Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies.

 

Important Dates

Nomination deadline: September 30th       List release date: Early December

Selection Requirements Eligibility:

  • Books published in the year prior to and the year of the publication of the list.
  • Books with published scholarly reviews or peer reviews are preferred; however, books for which there are no reviews available may be considered at the discretion of the committee.
  • A previous nomination that has been voted on may not be reconsidered.
  • Though graphic novels need not be published in the United States, they must be widely available for purchase in the U.S. at the time of consideration. Reissues will be considered if there has been significant change to the original content of the work since first issued. Whether or not the changes are significant enough is ultimately determined by the Chair.
  • Collections of comic strips will be considered only if they contain an overarching story line.

2022 Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List

* Titles received a unanimous vote from the selection committee
+ Title is part of a series

Grades K-5

*Chibi Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis by Julie Sakai and Stan Sakai (IDW Publishing, an imprint of Idea and Design Works, 2021)

+Dear DC Super-Villains by Michael Northrop and Gustavo Duarte (DC Comics, 2021)

*+InvestiGators Take the Plunge by John Patrick Green (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2020)

+Mellybean and the Giant Monster by Mike White (Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2020)

+Mellybean and the Wicked Wizard by Mike White (Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2021)

Monster Friends by Kaeti Vandorn (Random House Graphic, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2021)

*Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear by Trang Nguyen and Jeet Zdung (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC)

The Sprite and the Gardener by Rii Abrego and Joe Whitt (Oni Press, 2021)

*The Worry (Less) Book by Rachel Brian (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hatchette, 2020)

Grades K-2

*+Apple of My Pie by Mika Song (Random House Graphic, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2021)

*Arlo and Pips: King of the Birds by Elise Gravel (HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2020)

*+Baloney and Friends: Going Up by Greg Pizzoli (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hatchette, 2021)

*+Beak and Alley: Unlikely Friends by Norm Feuti (HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2021)

+Blue, Barry, and Pancakes by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson (First Second, an imprint of MacMillan, 2021)

*Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press, 2021)

+Cookie & Broccoli: Play it Cool by Bob McMahon (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2021)

*+Fox and Rabbit: Celebrate by Beth Ferry and Gergely Dudás (Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, 2021)

*+Fox and Rabbit: Make Believe by Beth Ferry and Gergely Dudás (Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, 2021)

*Geraldine Pu and Her Lunchbox, Too! by Maggie P. Chang (Simon Spotlight, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, 2021)

Haylee and Comet: A Tale of Cosmic Friendship  by Deborah Marcero (Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan 2021)

+Hello Hedgehog: Let’s Go Swimming! By Norm Feuti (Scholastic Inc., 2021)

*Little Red and the Cat Who Loved Cake by Barbara Lehman (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021)

+Maya’s Big Scene by Isabelle Arsenault (Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, 2021)

+Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness by Ben Clanton (Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, 2021)

*+Owly: Just a Little Blue by Andy Runton (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. 2020)

*+Pea, Bee, & Jay: Wannabees by Brian “Smitty” Smith (HarperAlley, an imprint of  HarperCollins Publishers, 2020)

*+Peanut, Butter, and Crackers: Fetch! by Paige Braddock (Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC)

*+Pepper and Boo: A Cat Surprise by Charise Mericle Harper (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hatchette, 2020)

+Scaredy Squirrel in a Nutshell by Melanie Watt (Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2021)

*+Shelby and Watts: Tide Pool Trouble by Ashlyn Anstee (Viking Books for Young People, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2021)

*+Simon and Chester: Super Detectives by Cale Atkinson (Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, 2021)

The Princess Who Saved Herself by Greg Pak, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Jonathan Coulton. (KaBoom! an imprint of Boom Entertainment, Inc., 2021)

*Tiny Tales: Shell Quest by Steph Waldo (HarperAlley an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers , 2021)

*+Waffles and Pancake: Planetary Yum by Drew Brockington (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hatchette, 2021)

Wildflowers by Liniers (TOON Books, an imprint of RAW Junior, LLC, 2021)

Grades 3-5

*Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 2021)

Andy Warner’s Oddball Histories: Pests and Pets by Andy Warner (Little, Brown Books, an imprint of Hatchett, 2021)

+Aster and the Mixed Up Magic by Thom Pico and Karensac (Random House Graphic, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2021)

Barb: The Last Berzerker by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, 2021)

+Besties Work it Out by Kayla Miller, Jeffery Canino and Kristina Luu (Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021)

*+Big Ideas That Changed the World: A Shot in the Arm! By Don Brown (Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, 2021)

*Blancaflor, The Hero With Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio García Sánchez (TOON Graphics, an imprint of RAW Junior, LLC, 2021)

Borders by Thomas King and Natasha Donovan (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hatchette, 2021)

*+Clash by Kayla Miller (Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021)

Crabapple Trouble by Kaeti Vandorn (Random House Graphic, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2020)

+Death and Sparkles by Rob Justus (Chronicle Books, 2021)

*Dungeon Critters by Natalie Reiss and Sara Goetter (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2020)

*Forever Home by Jenna Ayoub (KaBoom! an imprint of Boom Entertainment, Inc., 2021)

+Forget Me Nat by Maria Scrivan (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2020)

*Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen (Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2021)

Ham Helsing: Vampire Hunter by Rich Moyer (Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2021)

*Harriet Tubman:Toward Freedom by Whit Taylor and Kazimir Lee (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hatchette, 2021)

+Hilo: Gina, the Girl Who Broke the World by Judd Winick (Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2021)

+History Comics: The Challenger Disaster by Pranas T. Naujokaitis (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2020)

*+History Comics: The Wild Mustang: Horses of the American West by Chris Duffy and Falynn Koch (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2021)

*Horse Trouble by Kristin Varner (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2021)

*+I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis and Corey Egbert (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2021)

Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2021)

*Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue (Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2021)

*Living with Viola by Rosena Fung (Annick Press, 2021)

*Long Distance by Whitney Gardner (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, 2021)

*+Mason Mooney: Paranormal Investigator by Seaerra Miller (Flying Eye Books, an imprint of Nobrow, 2021)

*Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu (HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2020)

+Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin Reynolds and Pablo Leon (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2021)

+Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Blades of Freedom by Nathan Hale (Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, 2020)

*No One Returns from the Enchanted Forest by Robin Robinson (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2021)

*Oh My Gods! By Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick and Juliana Moon (Etch, an imprint of Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2021)

*Power Up by Sam Nisson and Darnell Johnson (Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021)

Pawcasso by Remy Lai (Henry Holt and Co., 2021)

Shark Summer by Ira Marcks (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hatchette, 2021)

+Science Comics: Spiders: Worldwide Webs by Tait Howard (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2021)

+Sue and Tai-Chan by Konomi Kanata (Kodansha Comics, 2020)

The Accursed Vampire by Madeline McGrane (Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2021)

+The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy and the Snobs by Ann M. Martin and Chan Chau (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 2021)

The Fifth Quarter by Mike Dawson (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2021)

*The Golden Hour by Niki Smith (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hatchette, 2021)

*The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor (Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2021)

+The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow by Emma Steinkellner (Aladdin, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, 2021)

*The Secrets of Camp Whatever by Chris Grine (Oni Press, 2021)

*+The Tea Dragon Tapestry by K. O’Neill (Oni Press, 2021)

The Way of the Hive: A Honeybee’s Story by Jay Hosler (HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2021)

*Timo the Adventurer by Jonathan Garnier and Yohan Sacré (Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020)

*Treasure in the Lake by Jason Pamment (HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2021)

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm and Savannah Ganucheau (Random House Graphic, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2021)

+Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse (Random House Graphic, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2020)

2023 Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Nominated Titles

The Sleepover by Michael Regina

The Extincts Quest for the Unicorn Horn by Scott Magoon

When Pigs Fly (A Batpig book) by Rob Harrell

Bounce Back by Misako Rocks! (Takashima)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis

Otto by Jon Agee

We Have a Playdate by Frank W. Dormer

Mayor Good Boy by Dave Scheidt

Chunky by Yehudi Mercado

Hunger Heroes: Missed Meal Mayhem by Jarrett Lerner

Just Roll With It by Lee Durfey-Lavoie & Veronica Agarwal

Swim Team by Johnny Christmas

Louie and Bear in the Land of Anything Goes by Brady Smith

Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos

Simon and Chester: Super Sleepover! by Cale Atkinson

Tidesong by Wendy Xu

Pizza and Taco: Super Awesome Comic by Stephan Shaskan

The Unfinished Corner by Dani Colman, et al

Tiny Fox and Great Boar by Berenika Kolomycka

Mad About Meatloaf (Weenie featuring Frank and Beans) by Maureen Fergus And Alexandra Bye

Marshmallow and Jordan by Alina Chau

Who Was a Daring Pioneer of the Skies? Amelia Earhart by Melanie Gillman

Spy School the Graphic Novel by Stuart Gibbs

I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967: A Graphic Novel by Lauren Tarshis

Yummy: A History of Desserts
by Victoria Grace Elliot

Witches of Brooklyn: What the Hex by Sophie Escabasse

Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld by Shannon Hale

Artie and the Wolf Moon Olivia Stephens

Blackblood. Acolyte by Vuong, Phu

Manu!! by Fernández, Kelly

Salt Magic by Larson, Hope

Sylvie by Kantorovitz, Sylvie

The Secret Garden on 81st Street by Weir, Ivy Noelle

Noodleheads Do the Impossible by Tedd Arnold

Housecat Trouble by by Mason Dickerson

The Leak by Kate Reed Petty

Golden Boy: Beethoven’s Youth by Mikael Ross

Animal Crossing New Horizons. Deserted Island Diary. Vol. 1 by Rumba, Kokonasu

The Aquanaut
by Dan Santat

The Ghoul Next Door by Bunn, Cullen

Wingbearer by Liu, Marjorie M.

The Treasure of the Black Swan by Paco Roca

Thunderous by M.L. Smoker

Legion of Forgettable Super Villains Society by J. E. Bright

Enemies by Svetlana Chmakova

Tiny Fox and Great Boar – There by Berenika Kołomycka

Choose Your Own Adventure: Journey Under the Sea by Andrew E.C. Gaska

Lowriders to the Rescue by Camper, Cathy

Behind the Scenes with Burt: A Breaking Cat News Adventure. by Dunn, Georgia

The Curse of the Evil Eye by Roselló, Jarod

Best Friends for Never by Venable, Colleen AF

Dog & Hat and the Lost Polka Dots by Darin Shuler

Cells At Work Baby Vol 1 by Yasuhiro Fukuda

The Flower Garden by Renee Kurilla

Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo

Growing Pangs by Kathryn Ormsbee

The Comeback: A Figure Skating Novel by E. L. Shen

Anne of West Philly by Ivy Noelle Weir

Took by Scott Peterson, Jen Vaughn, Hank Jones

Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gabriela Epstein

Little Monarchs by Jonathan Case

Frizzy by Claribel Ortega

Fox + Chick: Up and Down by Sergio Ruzzier

Bug Scouts Out in the Wild by Mik Lowery

Glam Prix by Deanna Kent

Anne of West Philly by Ivy Noelle Weir

Took by Mary Downing Hahn

Tidesong by Wendy Xu

Yuzu the Pet Vet, vol 5 by Mingo Ito

Yuzu the Pet Vet, vol 6 by Mingo Ito

Yuzu the Pet Vet, vol 7 by Mingo Ito

Kunoichi Bunny by Sara Cassidy

Anzu the Great Kaiju by Benson Shum

The Prisoner of Shiverstone by Linette Moore

Sir Ladybug by Corey R Tabor

Swan Lake Quest for the Kingdoms by Rey Terciero, Megan Kearney

The Legend of Brightblade by Ethan M. Aldridge

PAWS Gabby Gets it Together by Michele Assarasakorn

The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat

Rainbow the Koala by Remy Lai

Star the Elephant by Remy Lai

The Cryptid Club Bigfoot Takes the Field by Michael Brumm

Waffles and Pancake Planetary-Yum by Drew Brockington

Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise by Melanie Watt

The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett & Shawn Harris

Steve L. McEvil by Lucas Turnbloom

Apple Crush by Lucy Knisley

Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez & Gabriela Epstein

Goddess Girls: Athena the Brain by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Doom’s Day Camp by Joshua Hauke

K’s Car Can Go Anywhere! by Jonathan Tune & Eleanor Doughty

Linty by Mike Shiell

Shelby & Watts A Mountain of a Problem by Ashlyn Anstee

Look What We Can Do! A Competition! by Candy James

Happy Birthday Hedgehog! by by Norm Feuti

Ham Helsing #2 Monster Hunter by Rich Moyer

Your Pal Fred by Michael Rex

Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring by Matthew Loux

The Wondrous Wonders by Camille Jourdy

Stealing Home by J. Torres

Mason Mooney Doppelganger Detective by Seaerra Miller

Tiny Tales: A Feast for Friends by Steph Waldo

Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria by Muhammad Najem, Nora Neus & Julie Robine

Scout is Not a Band Kid by Jade Armstrong

Blue, Barry & Pancakes: Escape from Balloonia by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson

Science Comics: Whales by Casey Zakroff and Pat Lewis

History Comics: National Parks by Falynn Koch

Science Comics: Birds of Prey by Joe Flood

History Comics: The Stonewall Riots by Archie Bongiovanni and A. Andrews

Science Comics: Bridges by Dan Zettwoch

History Comics: The American Bison by Andy Hirsch

Blue, Barry and Pancakes: Danger on Mount Choco by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson

Sort of Super by Eric Gapstur

Crab and Snail the Invisible Whale Book 1 by Beth Ferry

Mapmakers and the Lost Magic by Cameron Chittock

Bunnicula The Graphic Novel (Bunnicula and Friends) by James Howe

The Secrets of Camp Whatever: Doors to Nowhere
by Chris Grine

SciFu: It Takes 2 by Yehudi Mercado

The Forest Beckons (Order of the Night Jay, Book 1)
by Jonathan Schnapp

Smaller Sister
by Maggie Edkins Willis

Narwhalicorn and Jelly
by Ben Clanton

Lightfall: Shadow of the Bird
by Tim Probert

The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist (Bk1) by Amy Kim Kibuishi

The Brothers Flick by Ryan Haddoc

Ghoster Height by Kelly Mellings

Sloth Sleuth (Book 1) by Cyndi Marko

Sunny the Shark (Surviving the Wild) by Remy Lai

Ride On by Faith Erin Hicks

Forest Giants (Elinor Wonders Why) by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

Cat’s Cradle: The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux

The Super Adventures of Ollie and Bea: It’s Owl Good by Renee Treml

Mimi and the Cutie Catastrophe by Shauna J. Grant

Button Pusher by Tyler Page

The Real Riley Mayes by Rachel Elliot

Rover and Speck: This Planet Rocks by Jonathan Roth
Freestyle by Gayle Galligan

Pizza My Heart by Mika Song

The Big Adventures of Baby Mouse: Once Upon a Messy Whisker by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Arlo and Pips: New Kids in the Flock by Elise Gravel

Twin Cities by Jose Pimienta

Arcade World: Dino Trouble by Nate Bitt

Lemon Bird Can Help by Paulina Ganucheau

Boo! Hiss! by Cyndi Marko

A Tale as Tall as Jacob by Samantha Edwards

Hunger Heroes: Snack Cabinet Sabotage by Jarrett Lerner

Stick and Stone: Explore and More by Beth Ferry

Burt’s Way Home by John Martz

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