Graphic books are enjoying a surge of popularity, whether retelling a popular chapter book or creating a new story all it’s own. Readers of all abilities seem to enjoy the sense of action that develops when the story is told through more through illustrations than through words.

“Bird & Squirrel On the Edge!” by James Burks, 2015, Scholastic, ages 6-9.

The raucous adventures of Squirrel and Bird are presented in this graphic book for younger readers. The comic book-style format, with panel illustrations and talking bubbles, tells the tale of the two friends’ travels home through the woods, over the mountains, and across the river.

“The Baby-Sitters Club: Claudia and Mean Janine” by Raina Telgemeier, based on the novel by Ann M. Martin, 2016, Scholastic, ages 8-12.

Claudia and her sister Janine seem to be as different as night and day. But when their grandmother, Mimi, become ill, the girls learn to pull together and help, each in her unique way. Author Raina Telgemeier grew up reading Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club series and now creates the graphic novel versions of these popular books.

“Sunny Side Up” by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, 2015, Scholastic, ages 8-12.

A young girl must deal with some big problems that almost everyone in her family wants to keep secret. Instead of being able to help, Sunny is sent to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. When Sunny realizes Gramps lives in a retirement village, her hopes of a summer full of fun are dashed, until she finds another summer visitor who enjoys comic books as much as she does. By the end of the summer, Sunny feels better able to handle the issues at home, knowing she has   a new friend and the support of Gramps.

“DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice” by Derek Fridolfs, Illustrated by Dustin Nguyen, 2016, Scholastic, ages 8-12.

Bruce, Clark, and Diana are new to The Ducard Academy, and right away they do not seem to fit in. The three join forces to form the Criminal Investigative Unit, and the young detectives attempt to discover why teachers and students act so strangely at the school. Evil people, a diabolic computer, and super powers make for a dynamic mix in this action-packed graphic novel that includes diary entries, maps, and school reports.

“The Throne of Fire” by Rick Riordan, Adapted by Orpheus Collar, 2015, Disney Hyperion, ages 9-12.

Sadie and Carter Kane, a brother and sister pair, continue to find themselves in the throws of fighting evil ancient Egyptian gods who seek to bring their wrath upon the earth. This graphic novel version of Rich Riordan’s “Throne of Fire”, Book 2 in Kane Chronicles Series is full of action, deceit, and the strength of friendship. Riordan is the author of the best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, giving the stories of ancient myths and gods a modern twist.

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