Bloom by Kevin Panetta, illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau
The baking scenes as they two work together are the epitome of romantic scenes, showing their connection to one another long before it fully emerges in the story.
Cicada by Shaun Tan
An incredible book for teens, this one is sad, surprising and uplifting.
I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib
A diverse and funny look at families, race and America.
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw
A stellar graphic novel for teens that is filled with LGBTQ pride.
Laura Dean Keep Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
This graphic novel beautifully captures a captivating but toxic romantic and sexual relationship.
Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker
A fantasy romance graphic novel worth falling for.
New Kid by Jerry Craft
This is one of the best books for middle school age that deals with microaggressions, bias, privilege, and racism. Given that it is a graphic novel too, that makes it all the more appealing as a source for discussion.
The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
Steinkellner’s debut graphic novel for youth is a delightful mix of diversity and magic. While comparisons can be made with other teen witches, this book stands entirely on its own.
Operatic by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler
A middle grade graphic novel that focuses on the power of music and opera? Yes please!
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
These two very talented teen book creators have designed an amazing graphic novel together.
Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
The pairing of an imaginative world with roots in real history makes for an incredible read.
Stargazing by Jen Wang
Award-winning graphic novelist Wang invites readers into a personal story about growing up Chinese-American.
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
This graphic novel is amazing. It has a sense of wonder throughout from the very moment the lanterns are set afloat to the final pages of the book.
Your Turn, Adrian by Helena Oberg, illustrated by Kristin Lidstrom, translated by Eva Apelqvist
An incredibly moving graphic novel that invites readers to see beyond a person’s surface.