11 Must-read Graphic Novels for Children Aged 6-9 years

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As parents, we always want the best for our children. We always try to cultivate a strong sense of kinship with them and envision the best for them. No effort or resource is ever spared in the process of helping them grow into confident, compassionate and self-sufficient beings. And one of the effective ways that I know and advocate, that helps bring about the best in them is instilling the love for ‘reading’. Is it that easy to get them into books? Well, if the books are full of pictures, have interesting stories with compelling characters, then yes! Graphic novels are loved by children of all ages, and here’s the list of some of the best graphic novels for children aged between 6-9 years.

Go on, if not yet started your kids onto reading, this is a good time and all the required help that you need is right here!

  • 1. Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton
Narwhal and Jelly series is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Dive into the friendship of a Whale and a Jellyfish and discover the optimism and creativity in the aquatic world!

The two remarkable characters of this graphic novel series, ‘Narwhal’, a carefree one-toothed whale (unicorn of the sea) and ‘Jelly’, a straightforward jellyfish, do not have much in common, but the two fondly love waffles, parties and adventures. Narwhal and Jelly series showcases the value of friendship and celebrates unalterable optimism and creativity. The added dose of fun facts about narwhals and jellyfishes makes it praiseworthy and purchase worthy for the little ones. Each volume in the series features three interconnected stories.

Enjoy the sparkles of fantastic with your little ones as you dive into the stories!

  • 2. Tiny Titans: Adventures in Awesomeness by Art Baltazar
Tiny Titans series is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Take a look at what life is like for the young heroes of an elementary school as they head into space and transform into monkeys!

Tiny Titans showcases a kid-friendly, elementary school environment with several individual stories as opposed to just following a single storyline. Take a look at what life is like for the young heroes of the Sidekick Elementary school when they head into space and transform into monkeys. Parents trying to instill creativity in their children should look no further than this. The artwork is all entertaining, captivating and colourful. Tiny Titans and all its volumes in the series also make a good offering for the seasoned fans of the Teen Titans cartoon.

  • 3. CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
CatStronauts series is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Join the Cats as they take up the responsibility to set up a solar power plant on the moon to save the world!

You heard that! The cats have taken up the responsibility to set up a solar power plant on the moon to save the world as the world faces a global energy shortage. Yes, they have!

‘CatStronauts’ is filled with science and humour to keep children engaged till the end, and the characters in the story will have your child bursting with laughter. Trust me!

  • 4. Bunny Vs Monkey, Written and illustrated by Jamie Smart, Scholastic Inc.
Bunny Vs Monkey is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. The astronaut monkey fails on its mission to space, but will he succeed in making his new world on Earth?

This children’s graphic novel is a hilarious tale of good versus evil, science versus nature, bunny versus monkey! The story goes like this – a team of scientists have sent a monkey into space, but the mischievous noisy little fur-bag (monkey) barely clears the first hilltop and crash-lands in a peaceful forest on the same planet (Earth) itself. Here, the monkey thinks that he has successfully landed on the other, and tries to colonize the land of (supposedly) another planet. He tries to make his own new world on the planet and decides to drive out all other animals.

The novel is replete with hysterical interactions between the monkey and other animals that can surely get children laughing aloud.

  • 5. Bird & Squirrel on Fire by James Burks
Bird & Squirrel on Fire is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. The world tour for the bird and the squirrel comes to an end, but the fun of saving the forest and forest life begins!

After a crazy round-the-world trip, Bird and Squirrel have come back to their beloved forest home only to find a lot of problems waiting for them. Their house needs cleaning, an annoying beaver has dammed up the river, and all the other animals are scared of a new growing menace.

The story fuels the curiosity in the minds of little ones as they wait to find out how the duo finally saves the forest’s life. In fact, the whole ‘Bird and Squirrel’ series has hilarious adventures!

  • 6. Sparks! (#1)Written by Ian Boothby and illustrated by Nina Matsumoto, Scholastic Inc.
'Sparks!' is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. An unusual Cat duo sets on to save the world from an evil Princess and they'll succeed only when you'll join them!

Sparks – a comedy-action children’s graphic novel about two cats who pilot a powerful robotic dog suit – is a story about cats named August and Charlie. August is a genius inventor while Charlie is a crack pilot, and together they work to save the lives of people in need. An evil Princess is on her mission to enslave the entire humankind, but the cat duo is not backing out anytime soon. It is interesting to see how August and Charlie manage to stop the princess’s evil plans. Along with hilarious action sequences, Sparks’ series explores themes of friendship, team spirit, facing your fears, forgiveness, and kindness to people and animals, making it an excellent read for children and adults alike.

  • 7. Sonic the Hedgehog: Fallout by Ian Flynn
Sonic The Hedgehog is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Sonic teams up with his friends and allies to save the villages from attacks by robots! Are you rooting for them?

The work of our children’s most beloved character ‘Sonic’ the Hedgehog hasn’t gotten over even after the epic battle. The Hedgehog and his journey in this collection features a new guest star ‘Blue Blur’ who brings in some brand-new adventures. Sonic the Hedgehog was successful in stopping Dr Eggman in his evil plans, but Dr Eggman’s rogue robots continue to attack small villages around the globe and to defeat them, Sonic teams up with his friends and some new allies. It is interesting to see how they save the villagers from these robots in this collection. This graphic novel’s bright and colourful artwork is sure to keep children hooked through the small story arcs.

  • 8. Amulet (#1-8) by Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet series is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. As Emily moves into an alleged haunted house, she and her family fight the challenges!

A young girl Emily moves into her deceased great grandfather’s house with her younger brother Navin and mother after her father’s tragic death, but the locals call that house a haunted one. In this thrilling children’s graphic novel, it is interesting to explore how this family overcomes the challenges they face after moving into that house. Amulet series is a must-have for all fantasy novel fans. Personally, it is a good recommendation for children above 8 years.

  • 9. Catwad: It’s Me. By Jim Benton
'Catwad' series is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Catwad and Blurmp are all set to make lemonade out of lemons and enjoy the adventures of life!

It’s Me – the first in the Catwad series, introduces two main feline characters, Catwad a grouchy and grumpy cat, and Blurmp (Catwad’s best friend) a bouncy, carefree kitty. It is a fun engaging novel filled with hilarious adventures of Blurmp and Catwad who as friends balance each other in all the adventures together. When life gives Catwad lemons, Blurmp makes lemonade with his optimism and positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity. It is another great graphic novel perfect for young readers.

  • 10. Dog Man : The Epic Collection by Dav Pilkey
'Dog Man' is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. The police cop and his partner dog are stitched together for life, but it's no good news for criminals and they come back stronger together!

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes & forms. And this hero ‘Dog Man’ was born when Greg, the police dog and his partner cop, get seriously injured on a mission, and are close to death. The only way doctors could think of saving them was by stitching them together! Hence, surgery was done to save both of them, and now they’re no longer separate individuals, they are a dog and a man combined. It is a fun novel where this new Dog Man fights criminals and creates new history.

  • 11. ‘I Am Gandhi‘ by NYT bestselling author Brad Meltzer
'I AM GANDHI' is one of the Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Galvanised by Gandhiji's empowering thoughts, gentle activism, and artwork from some of the finest illustrators, this memorabilia of Mahatma Gandhiji's life and achievements cannot be missed!

This philanthropic Graphic Novel is the one you can’t afford to miss for your little ones! The extraordinary biography is a team effort that exemplifies Gandhiji’s selflessness and love for humanity. Galvanized by the Gandhiji’s empowering thoughts, his gentle activism, the artwork from some of the finest illustrators working in the comics field today, this memorabilia of Mahatma Gandhiji’s life and achievements cannot be missed. There’s art, history, inspiration, and more!

I would say the ‘Ordinary People Change the World’ series by Brad Meltzer is a must for children, if not all, then at least ‘I Am Gandhi’ needs the space on your children’s bookshelves.

Conclusion

Give your children some time to develop a fondness for graphic novels, and they’ll surely come back asking for more. Once they start to associate books with fun and joy, reading will come naturally to them.

As food is nutrition to the body, reading is to the mind. Let your children explore the world of graphic novels, and you’ll be surprised by how fast they develop reading habits. Help them become the happily engaged, thinking and informed individuals.

Graphic Novels and Their Benefits for Children

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In the present times, OTT, TV, mobile phones, video games and a multitude of other handheld devices are the constant source of engagement and entertainment for Generation Alpha. And, they are increasingly becoming an indispensable part of their lives. Most children and young adults don’t find reading as vibrant and entertaining as the gratification provided by these gadgets and gizmos, which is instant. Others who are into reading books cannot keep up with their reading habit with the mere distractions of screens around them. As a result, many children miss out on the captivating beauty of reading in their formative years.

But what if I told you that mixing vibrancy into reading in the form of recreational reading can induce and help children sustain their reading habits, develop reading skills and help them form positive associations with books, and it is possible! Recreational reading actually serves as a mindful practice to help with the digital dilemma.

You heard it right!

The benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children are many- some notable benefits are that it helps children improve their attention span, develop reading skills, help them form positive associations with books, benefits a struggling reader, helps in academic levelling, instills values and teaches life lessons. So, do explore the Graphic Novels that are mentioned in this blog. Read on to find it out!

Recreational reading with Comic books and Graphic Novels provides an entertaining Segue for introducing children to reading and in keeping up with their reading habits. It also helps in reigniting the love for reading.

Graphic novels serve as a good option for struggling readers. For children with reading difficulties, traditional textbooks or classic novels can be hard to pull through. Big blocks of texts or a high number of pages can be daunting for them; making them feel exhausted, disappointed, or even embarrassed. But the fact is, children must continue reading even more if they struggle with it. When children try to escape from books and not practice reading, it becomes increasingly difficult to develop reading skills as they grow older. So, novels and textbooks with more images and illustrations and fewer written words give struggling readers a sense of attainability and help them build reading skills, further establishing a love for reading.

Now, let us acquaint ourselves with “Graphic Novels” in the following paragraphs!

Graphic Novels are novels that have lengthy and multifaceted storylines, like a chapter book, expressed through rich illustrations accompanied with contextualized texts presented in the most imaginative and informative way. The pictures in graphic novels are as integral to the story as the words. Graphic novels are supposed to be comic books, but they aren’t really comic books. Read the difference here. Children have a short attention span, and reading is the best way to improve that. These novels are exceptional for brain stimulation and to enhance memory retention. Children also learn the art of expressing with the added benefit of getting fluency in a language.

Graphic novels can be a single story or compilation of short stories with the same cast. They come in all formats- fiction, non-fiction, comedy, fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction, science fiction, history and horror. Moreover, educational graphic novels are available too.

Benefits of reading graphic novels for children

  • Stimulates the love for reading
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that Graphic Novels stimulate the love for reading in children. Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton (Age 6+ years), Tiny Titans by Art Baltazar (Age 6+ years), and Sonic the Hedgehog by Ian Flynn (Age 7+ years) are a few catchy graphic novels. Do read them with your child.

Developing a reading habit from an early age is important for the holistic development of a child. However, a child undertakes an activity only when it answers an inner need or fulfils a purpose or is entertaining to them. A book full of illustrations and minimum accompanying text can be engaging. Illustrations help children to keep up with complex situations in the story, and they also give them a wide berth to comprehend different perspectives. Graphic novels have the power to even encourage reluctant readers.

~Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton (Age 6+ years), Tiny Titans by Art Baltazar (Age 6+ years), and Sonic the Hedgehog by Ian Flynn (Age 7+ years) are a few catchy graphic novels.

  • Instills values and Teaches life lessons
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that Graphic Novels instill values and teaches life lessons to children. Books - Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth (Age 5-8 years) and Little Robot by Ben Hatke (Age 5+ years) are great novels to teach patience, loyalty, friendship and unconditional love in siblings.

Graphic Novels are an excellent way of teaching life lessons to children. They help them build a connection with the characters experiencing similar situations as themselves. These books also help kids embrace personality differences and empathise with others. The unique format of graphic novels provides exposure to prejudice and social issues.

~Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth (Age 5-8 years) and Little Robot by Ben Hatke (Age 5+ years) are great novels to teach patience, loyalty, friendship and unconditional love in siblings.

  • Your child could be the next Sherlock Holmes
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that Graphic Novels can assist in building reasoning and problem-solving skills in children because mystery Graphic Novels like 'Guinea Pig' by Colleen AF Venable stimulate a child's imagination manifolds..

Children learn what they see, read and hear. Buy them a mystery novel, and next thing you know, they’ll ask you to buy binoculars, a magnifying lens and a hat! Children love heroes, superheroes, detectives and people solving crimes. Mysteries stimulate a child’s imagination which assists in building reasoning and problem-solving skills in them.

~Guinea Pig by Colleen AF Venable (Age 7+ years) is a hilarious story of a guinea pig who is a detective and solves mysteries in a pet store.

  • Build emotional stability
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that Graphic Novels help your child build emotional stability. And -The Little Book of Big Feelings and Kind of Coping by Maureen Marzi Wilson are great picks.

Children learn what they see, or in this case, what they see and read. Graphic novels are great to teach children how to comprehend complex emotions. A child feels a connection with the characters in the book and becomes sensitive to their emotional variations. Children are sometimes obstinate, and parents cannot always reason with them; books can help them learn patience, expose them to different emotional variations, teach them how to articulate anger, irritation, sadness, happiness and love. When children are able to express their needs and emotions, they feel stable. 

~The Little Book of Big Feelings and Kind of Coping by Maureen Marzi Wilson are great picks.

  • Helps in Academic levelling
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that Graphic Novels help your child in understanding concepts easily. It helps in academic levelling. Pick- Birth of the Earth by Jacqui Bailey (Age 7+ years) and ‘Have You Seen My Dragon?’ by Steve Light (Ages 3-5 years) for your child.

For children who struggle to understand literary contexts or visualize abstract concepts, graphic novels can be of help. Graphic novels scaffold the learning process since concepts and context become easy to comprehend through illustrations and diagrams. Illustrations provide contextual clues and help the struggling readers understand the meaning of the written narrative. The visual imagery assists in understanding difficult and abstract concepts. The recreational form of reading through graphic novels gives struggling readers a sense of accomplishment, thereby boosting their confidence. It is high time we acknowledge that some children are visual learners who learn concepts and understand the context through pictures, block diagrams, and illustrations. Chunks of written words are overwhelming to process for such children.

~Birth of the Earth by Jacqui Bailey (Age 7+ years) and ‘Have You Seen My Dragon?’ by Steve Light (Ages 3-5 years) can be helpful for such kids.

  • Sate their curiosity
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that it satisfies and stimulates a child's curiosity. Pick - Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth by Jay Hosler (Age 6+ years) for your child.

Children have curious and imaginative minds, and they must be nurtured from an early age. They have millions of questions and are eager to understand everything at once. Graphic novels can sate that curious mind. There is a vast collection of books with general knowledge and facts described through stories and illustrations.

~Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth by Jay Hosler (Age 6+ years).

  • Show them culture and history
Graphic Novels familiarizes children with culture and history. A few examples in the list are -Ganesha's Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel (Age 5-9 years) and Little Indians: Stories from Across the Country by Pika Nani (Age 10-14 years).

You can teach children history and culture in a creative and exciting way. There are many graphic novels about Indian religions, traditions, festivals etc. and images can help one understand and imagine the cultures much better.

~Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel (Age 5-9 years) and Little Indians: Stories from Across the Country by Pika Nani (Age 10-14 years).

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Ever since graphic novels came out in 1978, they have grown into a huge trend. From Motu and Patlu to Spider-man and Toy Story, most of the animated movies and cartoons are adaptations of graphic novels. Even if action is the most popular genre, there are thousands of books narrating stories about family, friendship, honesty, and success.

Most parents are still hesitant in letting their children read comics and graphic novels and do not believe in the recreational form of reading. But I want to say, reading books, graphic novels, and comics can help develop patience, acceptance, and empathy, induce problem-solving skills and emotional stability in children. These qualities help shape their personality and, ultimately, their future.

Reading comic books or graphic novels is still reading. I feel anything that excites a child to continue to turn the page is a win.

Let your child explore the magical realm of fiction, the world, its varied beauty, histories and culture or whatever they are interested in through a world full of vivid colours and amazing imagination. Support them in their quest for learning and growing through this unique approach.

Have a happy reading time with your little ones, today and always!