Graphic Novel Booklist & Resources

Thanks everyone who’s tuned in this month to discuss graphic novels and how we create empathy for diverse experiences in our young readers. Rebecca Parish wins this month’s giveaway of the fabulous GN The March. Below I’ve compiled a list of GNs that are particularly good at expressing different minority experiences, and beneath that are some resources for those interested in using GNs in the classroom or trying their hand at writing one. Cheers, and stay tuned for November’s discussion on gender in books for young readers.

Books by and/or about Racial Minorities, Immigration, & Stuff that Happened Overseas

  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • The Tantalize graphic series by Cynthia Leitich-Smith, Illustrated by Ming Doyle
  • La Perdida by Jessica Abel
  • Julio’s Day by Gilbert Hernandez
  • The March by John Lewis, scripted by Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell
  • The Wall by Peter Sis
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • Che: A Graphic Biography by Spain Rodriguez
  • Boxers & Saints both by Gene Luen Yang
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • The Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa

GLBTQ Themes:

  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio
  • The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry
  • Skim written by Mariko Tamaki, Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
  • Wandering Son by Shimura Takako
  • a + e 4ever by ilike merey
  • Pedro Zamora & Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick
  • Julio’s Day by Gilbert Hernandez
  • The High School Chronicles of Ariel Schrag by Ariel Schrag

Illness (Physical and Mental):

  • Black Hole by Charles Burns
  • Epileptic by David B.
  • Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell
  • Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder by Nadia Shivack
  • Cruddy by Lynda Barry
  • The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon

Abusive Situations:

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel
  • Stitches by David Small
  • One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson


Comics in the Classroom: 100 Tips, Tools and Resources for Teachers by Kelsey Allen from Teaching Degree. NOTE: many annotated links.

No Flying, No Tights: a graphic novel review site for teens. See also The Lair for Teens and Adults and Sidekicks for Kids.

A Scholastic editor interviewed about what he wants to see in terms of GNs

A Website of GN scripts


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