Recommended Print Comics for Purchase
There are many vendors that sell comics and graphic novels. When buying comics or graphic novels for your school collection or for classroom use, consult with distributors who are familiar with the medium (comics) as well as the market (students). For instance, Little Island Comics is the first and only kids comic book store in North America.
It can be challenging to create lists of recommended print resources, as factors such as your community’s opinions towards visual depictions of events or familiarity with manga may impact whether or not certain titles will prove popular. Scott Robins’ book A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics: Choosing Titles Your Children Will Love offers some suggestions for adults. (This podcast discusses selection strategies or you can read this interview with Scott or with Scott and Snow.
The following lists are compiled by me, Diana Maliszewski and reflect my personal taste.
Diana’s Top Elementary Social Studies and Science GNs
- Clan Apis by Jay Hosler. Columbus, OH: Active Synapse, 2000.
- Imagination Rocket by Brian Clopper. Damascus, MD: Behemoth Books, 2002.
- Adventures in Ancient China (and subsequent titles in the series) by Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2003.
- Columns found in Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids edited by Aron Slipacoff. Winnipeg, MB: Canada’s National History Society, 2004.
- Vote by Eileen Christelow. New York, NY: Clarion Books, 2003.
Diana’s Top Manga and “Manga-Mimic” Series Suitable for Elementary Schools
- Clamp. Tsubasa.
- Hotta, Yumi. Hikaru No Go.
- Koge-Donbo. Pita Ten.
- Konomi, Takeshi. The Prince of Tennis.
Diana’s Top Graphic Novels for the Youngest Readers
- Willems, Mo. We are In a Book (Elephant and Piggie series)
- Alborough, Jez. Hug.
- Briggs, Raymond. The Snowman.
Diana’s Top High School Non-Fiction GNs
- Two-Fisted Science by Jim Ottaviani. Ann Aarbor, MI: GT Labs, 2001.
- Brown, Chester. Louis Riel. Toronto, ON: Drawn and Quarterly, 2003.
Diana’s Top High School Manga Titles
- Ranma ½ (although it has a lot of nudity and extreme comedy)
- Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Diana’s Top Professional Guides for Comics
- Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
- A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics: Choosing Titles Your Children Will Love by Scott Robins and Snow Wildsmith
Diana’s Top Teacher’s Guides for Specific Comics
Diana’s Top Mystery Graphic Novels
- Guinea P.I. by
- Max Finder Mysteries by Liam O’Donnell