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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.

Thank you to our sponsors for support of Little Mavericks at TLA 2020:

 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  • Though graphic novels need not be published in the United States, they must be widely available for purchase in the U.S. at the time of consideration.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.

2020 Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List

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

GRADES K-5

Beauty and the Dreaded Sea Beast by Louise Simonson, illustrated by Otis Frampton (Stone Arch Books, an imprint of Capstone, 2019)

*+Bird and Squirrel: All Tangled Up by James Burks (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2019)

*+Caveboy Dave 2: Not So Faboo by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Phil McAndrew (Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018)

*Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop, illustrated by Gustavo Duarte (DC Comics, 2019)

*+Dog Man. Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2019)

*+Hicotea: A Nightlights Story by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow, 2019)

*+Mr. Wolf’s Class #2: Mystery Club by Aron Nels Steinke (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2019)

+Unicorn of Many Hats: Another Phoebe and her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson (Andrews McMeel Publishing, an imprint of Andrews McMeel Universal, 2018)

GRADES K-2

Captain Barbosa and the Pirate Hat Chase by Jorge Gonzalez (Graphic Universe, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, 2019)

+Chavo the Invisible (Game for Adventure) by Lee Nordling, illustrated by Flavio B. Silva (Graphic Universe, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, 2018)

+Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! by Cece Bell (Candlewick Press, 2019)

Disney Princess: Jasmine’s New Pet by Nidhi Chanani (Dark Horse Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics, 2018)

*Drawn Together by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat (Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2018)

+Fox + Chick: The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier. (Chronicle Books, 2019)

*Hangry by Drew Brockington (Hachette Book Group, 2019)

*+Hello, Crabby! by Jonathan Fenske (Acorn, an imprint of Scholastic, 2019)

*+Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton (Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, 2019)

+Noodleheads: Fortress of Doom by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tedd Arnold (Holiday House, 2019)

*Smiley’s Dream Book by Jeff Smith (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2018)

Superman of Smallville by Art Baltazar and Franco, illustrated by Art Baltazar (DC Zoom, an imprint of DC Comics, 2019)

*Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2018)

*+Unicorn and Yeti: Sparkly New Friends by Heather Ayris Burnell, illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla (Acorn, an imprint of Scholastic, 2019)

GRADES 3-5

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press, 2018)

*+Camp by Kayla Miller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019)

*+Click by Kayla Miller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019)

+The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall by Drew Weing (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2018)

*+Edison Beaker-Creature Seeker: The Night Door by Frank Cammuso (Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018)

*+Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018)

Glitch by Sarah Graley (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2019)

*Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2019)

*+Hex Vet: Witches in Training by Sam Davies (Kaboom!, an imprint of Boom Entertainment, Inc., 2018)

*+The Hidden Witch by Molly Ostertag (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2018)

+Hilo #5: Then Everything Went Wrong by Judd Winick (Random House Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2019)

*I Am Hermes!: Mischief-Making Messenger of the Gods by Mordicai Gerstein (Holiday House, 2019)

*+Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raul III (Chronicle Books, 2018)

*+Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2018)

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero (Little, Brown and Company, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, 2019)

+Middle School Misadventures by Jason Platt (Little, Brown and Company, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, 2019)

+Mighty Jack and Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2019)

Monster Mayhem by Christopher Eliopoulos (Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018)

*New Kid by Jerry Craft (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019)

*Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades by Mike Cavallaro (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2019)

*Ninjas: Japan’s Stealthy Secret Agents by Matt Chandler, illustrated by Silvio DB (Graphic Library, an imprint of Capstone Press, 2019)

+Ocean Renegades! (Earth Before Us, Book 2) by Abby Howard (Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, 2018)

*The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner (Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2019)

*Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen (Oni Press, 2019)

*+Rocket to the Moon (Big Ideas that Changed the World) by Don Brown (Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, 2019)

*+Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks (Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2018)

Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture by Andy Hirsch (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2019)

*Science Comics: Solar System-Our Place in Space by Rosemary Mosco, illustrated by Jon Chad (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2018)

*Sea Sirens: a Trot & Cap’n Bill Adventure by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee (Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2019)

Sheets by Brenna Thummler (Cub House, an imprint of Lion Forge, 2018)

Short & Skinny by Mark Tatulli (Little, Brown and Company, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, 2018)

*Stargazing by Je n Wang (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2019)

Strange Boarders by Brandon Terrell, illustrated by Berenice Muniz (Stone Arch Books, an imprint of Capstone, 2019)

*This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews (First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, 2019)

Tom’s Midnight Garden:a Graphic Adaptation of the Philippa Pearce Classic by Edith (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018)

*U.S. Ghost Army: The Master Illusionists of World War II by Nel Yomtov, illustrated by Alessandro Valdrighi (Graphic Library, an imprint of Capstone, 2019)

The White Snake by Ben Nadler (TOON Graphics, an imprint of TOON Books, 2019)

 

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