Graphic Novels Make For Great Supplemental Reading

V for Vendetta, a graphic novel was on my son’s booklist for college and it made me think about The Graphic Library Books we read to enhance our study of history.

Years ago my younger son was an unenthusiastic reader and the comic book style books were a great motivation for him to start enjoying reading. His favorite book was Bone by Jeff Smith and our family favorites were the books we bought from the Graphic Library series.

Here’s a collection of some of the best books you could tie into your history lessons. Click here and then click on the title to read a description of the book and the recommended age. Not every book listed has a title to click on but most do. I found many of the books listed here on for around $7-$8 each for the paperback and they have a wide variety of graphic novels that include books on history and science. They’re books your whole family will love and will read over and over again.

Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens: A Guide for Teachers and Librarians is a great site that talks about how graphic novels promote literacy and how they really count as literature. It also offers suggestions on good reads for the young reader and the middle school readers.

I’ve also found some great graphic novels at Barnes and Nobel for the same price, just not a really great selection.

These are some of our favorites from the Graphic Library:

There are so many graphic novels to choose from and whether it’s to supplement a lesson or reading for pleasure it will be a great addition to your library. 

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  1. I will have to check these out! My kids have shown a lot of interest in the Titanic. I need to start with that one!

    • The Titanic was my oldest son’s favorite. My girlfreind told me about some other great graphic novels: TheSerenity series and Jane Austen graphic novels. Some others to check out too. 🙂

  2. Christine says:

    Thanks for writing about graphic novels! Has been part of my kids lives for as long as I can remember! They are now 19 to 33 years old!

    GREAT to see/read the support for this wonderful way promote literacy!

  3. Ill be giving the mayflower a try for my little one


  4. Lori, thanks for bringing these books to my attention too! I think my son, even though grown, but has a low reading level, would enjoy these books. Especially the history ones! Thanks!

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