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Traditionally, we think of storybooks as a lot of words and only a few pictures. In this collection of books recommended for children ages 0-9, the pictures come first! Using a technique similar to comic books, graphic novels use visuals to guide the story, adding text only to fill in the gaps. More complex than picture books, children need a certain sophistication — as well as strong comprehension skills — to appreciate them. Graphic novels can be read with an adult or independently, and are especially good for struggling or reluctant readers.
Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Adventures of Polo

By: Regis Faller
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The rollicking adventures of Polo, a bright and resourceful pup, are told through lively, detailed pictures that warrant multiple examinations. Quick–paced and engaging, Polo brings all the right supplies for exploring the wider world by boat, plane and spaceship!

Babymouse: Beach Babe

By: Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

School is out and Babymouse heads to the beach with her surfboard – and brother – in tow. The energetic mouse is awash in nonstop beach adventures, depicted in bold line and pink wash.

Bone: Eyes of the Storm

By: Jeff Smith
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The third in a suspenseful trilogy, the Bones and their new friends battle dangers – from rat creatures to their own personal tragedies. The author creates a mysterious and complex world as the setting for this dark, gripping drama.

Dear Fish

By: Chris Gall
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Peter throws a bottle into the ocean with a message for the sea creatures to come visit him, he hardly expected them to take him up on the offer! After various marine animals cause chaos in his hometown, Peter must set the situation straight. Awash with humor and puns, this is a great book for discussing literal and figurative meanings, and provides details on over 30 species of fish that appear in the book.

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

By: Mo Willems
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Readers take over for the bus driver, who cautions them not to let the pigeon stay up late. But as in other books about this willful bird, well… Children get to see this situation from the adult's perspective as the pigeon finds excuses not to go to bed.

Jackie and the Shadow Snatcher

By: Larri Di Fiori
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jackie and his faithful dog embark on an adventure to retrieve Jackie’s lost shadow from a sinister foe, the Shadow Snatcher. Advice from Mr. Socrates, the smartest guy alive and Jackie’s neighbor is, of course, invaluable. The black/white panels augment the melodrama of this tale with a distinctly old-fashioned feel.

Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea

By: Anne O'Brien
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In a carefully researched retelling of a Korean legend, the son of a powerful minister and a servant is scorned by high society because of his commoner roots. After leaving home and discovering that injustice drives criminals to crime, he begins training a group of bandits to become an army that rights wrongs. With artwork authentic to the historical time, this is a drama for sophisticated readers.

Letters from Camp: A Mystery

By: Kate Klise
Illustrated by: M. Sarah Klise
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Three pairs of siblings, sent to a summer camp that helps brothers and sisters get along, must unite to overcome an adversary at Camp Happy Harmony. The mystery unfolds through letters, memos, Post-It notes and delightful illustrations in this offbeat story with puzzle-like appeal.

Sardine in Outer Space

By: Emmanuel Guiber
Illustrated by: Joann Sfar
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Red-headed and tiny, Sardine is a space pirate who takes off on adventures with her pirate uncle and their friend in a spaceship named Huckleberry. Their madcap adventures are fast–paced and punchy, with grotesque details to appeal to a younger crowd, and sophisticated cultural references and puns that will appeal to older readers.

The Baby-Sitter's Club: Kristy's Great Idea — A Graphic Novel

By: Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgremeier
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This popular series has been trimmed and translated into a new format. With middle school girls as protagonists, the visual storytelling amplifies characters and clarifies difficult concepts to make it appropriate for younger readers. Tough topics like stepfamilies and medical problems are discussed with sensitivity (and sometimes humor) through the context of the girls' friendship.

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