Summer Must Reads- Graphic Novels for Kids

By Portia Turner | July 13 2021 | blogChildren's

School may be out for summer but that doesn’t mean reading stops!  Celebrate the summer with some of recommended graphic novel reads for kids.  Whether it is an old favorite in a new format (hello, Grumpy Monkey and Last Kids on Earth), the next book in an already favorite series (hooray for more Cardboard Kingdom and Aster books) or a new favorite (we highly recommend you check out Ham Helsing), there are books to keep every type of reader entertained.

Grumpy Monkey Freshly Squeezed
A Graphic Novel Chapter Book
978-0-593-30601-7
This early graphic novel chapter book based on the #1 New York Times bestselling Grumpy Monkey is perfect for children who love the original picture books and are ready for the next step. Features hilarious dialogue, multiple panels per page, and a longer storyline to keep kids laughing all the way to the end!
$9.99 US
Jun 29, 2021
6 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
88 Pages
Random House Studio
Age 5-8 years
Grades K-3

Turtle in Paradise
The Graphic Novel
978-0-593-12631-8
A graphic novel adaptation of the beloved, bestselling Newbery Honor-winning novel.
$20.99 US
Jun 29, 2021
5-1/2 x 8
Hardcover
256 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Monster Friends
(A Graphic Novel)
978-1-9848-9682-7
Two friends: one big, one little. One old, one young. One grumpy, one cheerful. Both: MONSTERS! From the author of Crabapple Trouble comes a sweet and fun-filled chapter-book graphic novel, with a charming cast of adorable monsters.
$12.99 US
Jun 22, 2021
6-1/2 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
272 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Kitty Quest
978-0-593-20544-0
Dog Man meets the Lord of the Rings in this laugh-out-loud graphic novel debut about two aspiring adventurers who face off against startling ghosts, rampaging monsters, and bumbling wizards. Matt Braly, creator of Disney's Amphibia, proclaims Kitty Quest is "an absolutely charming story that had me chuckling the whole way through. I couldn't put it down!"
$20.99 US
Jun 15, 2021
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
208 Pages
Razorbill
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Ham Helsing #1: Vampire Hunter
978-0-593-30891-2
The monster hunt is on! A rip-roaring graphic novel adventure about the latest in a famous family of vampire-hunting pigs, inspired by legendary monster slayer Van Helsing!
$12.99 US
Jun 01, 2021
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
240 Pages
Crown Books for Young Readers
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

The Cardboard Kingdom #2: Roar of the Beast
978-0-593-12554-0
Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and All's Faire in Middle School, this sequel to the Eisner Award-nominated The Cardboard Kingdom follows the kids as they solve the mystery of a new neighborhood monster.
$20.99 US
Jun 01, 2021
5-1/2 x 8
Hardcover
288 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 9-12 years
Grades 4-7

Metropolis Grove
978-1-77950-053-3
Look, up in the sky!
$9.99 US
May 04, 2021
5-1/2 x 8
Paperback
152 Pages
DC Comics
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

The Last Kids on Earth: Thrilling Tales from the Tree House
978-0-593-35006-5
The first ever graphic novel in the New York Times bestselling The Last Kids on Earth series—now with over 7 million copies in print! • A Netflix Original series
$13.99 US
Apr 06, 2021
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
208 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic
(A Graphic Novel)
978-0-593-12534-2
Aster is charming, resourceful, and fun." - Dana Simpson, author of Phoebe and Her Unicorn Magic turned Aster's life upside-down -- and it's not over! Get ready for more family, more fun, and even more magic in this graphic novel adventure.
$20.99 US
Mar 02, 2021
6-1/4 x 7-7/8
Hardcover
256 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Max Meow Book 1: Cat Crusader
978-0-593-12105-4
Meet a secret superhero with CAT-ITUDE--Max Meow, Cat Crusader--in this purr-fectly awesome, hiss-sterically funny new graphic novel series!
$12.99 US
Oct 06, 2020
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
240 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 7-10 years
Grades 2-5

Séance Tea Party
(A Graphic Novel)
978-0-593-12532-8
Lora wants to stay a kid forever, and she'll do anything to make that happen . . . including befriending Alexa, the ghost who haunts her house. A middle-grade graphic novel about growing up that's perfect for fans of Ghosts and Making Friends.
$20.99 US
Sep 15, 2020
5-1/2 x 8
Hardcover
272 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Witches of Brooklyn
(A Graphic Novel)
978-0-593-12528-1
There's a new witch in town! Life in Brooklyn takes a strange turn when Effie discovers MAGIC runs in the family. A middle-grade graphic novel adventure filled with magical hjinks for fans of Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Making Friends.
$20.99 US
Sep 01, 2020
5-1/2 x 8
Hardcover
240 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Cookie & Broccoli: Ready for School!
978-0-593-10907-6
The first in an early graphic novel series about outgoing Cookie and shy Broccoli as they navigate the ups and downs of starting school--perfect for fans of Narwhal and Jelly!
$12.99 US
Jul 07, 2020
6 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
80 Pages
Dial Books
Age 5-8 years
Grades K-3

Monster Mayhem
978-0-593-11003-4
In this funny, action-packed graphic novel adventure, a science-obsessed girl finds herself in the middle of one of her favorite monster movies. Can she invent her way out of disaster while also saving the monster who has become her friend?
$10.99 US
Mar 03, 2020
Paperback
216 Pages
Dial Books
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7