Graphic Novels for Kids – New 2024 Releases

Children’s Graphic Novels

Have you caught the graphic novel bug yet? It’s one of the fastest growing genres in children’s fiction and it’s no surprise why. Graphic novels for kids have brought books to whole new audience of children. Children who may otherwise not engage with books.

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Graphic Novel Releases 2024

This blog post will share with you some of the wonderful graphic novels for kids we’ve been exploring in 2024. The majority will be new titles with the odd occasional one we may have been late to the party with and only just discovered.

Golden Age of Graphic Novels for Kids

We truly are in a golden age for graphic novels for kids. There’s lots of wonderful choice with books suitable for everyone. My daughter Floss loves drawing and so for her graphic novels are her ideal book as she gets to explore the incredible illustrations. There’s often draw-along sections at the back of some books too. We love the The Phoenix Comic and they have a fab skills hub that can be accessed for free here.

Graphic Novels for All

Graphic novels can also give children who find reading more challenging a real sense of accomplishment. Often these books can have lots of pages. The number of pages could be something unrealistic for some children to manage in a traditional chapter book yet in these children feel a sense of achievement and become more confident readers.

Cautions

One thing to be mindful of is that some graphic novels can be written in capital letters and others can have a mixture of capitals and lowercase in the same word. This can make it tricky for children who are still learning to decode the alphabet to read books with this mix. Another thing to be mindful of is how the text and images are laid out on each spread.

Some books have very separate text which makes for an easier read. Other books have a more blended style which can make it harder for visually impaired readers and those who need more clear text. I’ll add example spreads so you can see what each book is like.

Graphic Novels We’ve Read in 2024

Agent Harrier: This Book Will Self Destruct by Ben Sanders

Our latest graphic novel read is Agent Harrier: This Book Will Self Destruct. A pacy, brilliant read with a great retro feel. Find inside images and my thoughts on this title here. Published 11th April 2024.

Unicorn Boy by Dave Roman

Top Pick – Unicorn Boy is a recent purchase for us and totally brilliant. Brian is an ordinary, shy boy until one day he begins to grow a unicorn horn. Brian doesn’t want the attention that comes with it – especially not the evil forces it attracts. However, when his best friend Avery is kidnapped he must call upon some unexpected help (a muffin and a black cat) to help him get back his bestie.

The illustrations are superb. The book is packed full of ways to be a good friend and how people who love you accept you for who you are no matter what. I particularly like that it totally obliterates gender stereotyping too. It’s a must read.

The text is usually lowercase with speech bubbles that make it easy to distinguish from the pictures. On the odd page where the text is with the images like the rainbow spread above then there is a good level of contrast.

The vocabulary in Unicorn Boy is a little meatier which Floss loved with most of the new language either explained or the meaning can be interpreted from the rest of the sentence or the images.

Dog Man The Scarlet Shedder by Dav Pilkey

We purchased this one on pre-order as Floss is totally obsessed with Dog Man! Dog Man The Scarlet Shedder is the twelfth book in this well loved series.

Dog Man is one of those books that does contain a mixture of upper and lower case letters. The language is simple and captions are short and sweet so as long as your child can decode the alphabet in upper and lowercase this would be good for early readers. For those who use school book band levels Dog Man are purple or around that level. Dog Man are suitable for a young audience.

There’s a great little feature in the book to make pages jump out at you in an interactive way where Dav Pilkey explains how to flip the page very quickly to get an interactive picture.

Cactus Kid The Battle for Star Rock Mountain by Emmanuel Guerrero

Cactus Kid is for a slightly older audience – Amazon states around 10+ but I’d probably say around 7/8+. It’s got a much darker, moodier theme (that I love) than other graphic novels mentioned so far but nothing too scary in content.

Cactus Kid is brilliant read with a death defying Moto-Brawl race like something out of Star Wars. Cactus Kid wants to become the most powerful wizard and this book is only the beginning of the adventure.

Our protagonist is a lone ranger on the hunt for star rock to make him a more powerful wizard and he doesn’t need any help from anyone certainly not rival gangs The Clams and The Shells.

The illustrations are great and there’s certainly a feel of a more retro comic with a modern twist in Emmanuel’s style. I can’t wait for the next book!

Text is uppercase but usually well defined in distinct speech bubbles. Cactus Kids was kindly sent for review by Flying Eye Books.

Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton

Not a new release. Originally published back in 2020 we finally got a second hand copy of this series. This is book number four in the Narwhal and Jelly series – Narwhal’s Otter Friend.

One thing I would mention is that Floss is very capable of reading all of these graphic novels. It’s important when children begin selecting books for themselves that we don’t make a judgement on the books that they choose.

Children are beginning to learn what they like and what type of reader they are. Just because books like Narwhal and Jelly are suitable for a younger audience and a reading level below a book such as Cactus Kid or Unicorn Boy doesn’t mean she’s not going to enjoy it and get lots of reading pleasure from it. Anyway…back to the book!

This series are ideal for early readers. There is a great balance of simple text to images on each spread but all writing is all in capitals so children will need to be confident in reading capitals before embarking on this series.

This book in the series sees Narwhal make a new friend Otter who’s full of tall stories. This is very frustrating for Jelly who’s left feeling – well a little jelly! Don’t worry though – it all turns out ok in the end! They’re a really sweet, fun entry point into the world of graphic novels for children.

Poetry Comics by Grant Snider

Poetry Comic by Grant Snider is pure genius. It brings together both graphic novel comic style with poetry. Find lots of inside images and my review here.

Upcoming 2024 Graphic Novel Releases for Kids

Looshkin Honk If You See It!

We’re excited for the release of Looshkin Honk If You See It! by the comic legend Jamie Smart on the 4th of April 2024. So much so we’ve pre-ordered it. Floss is incredibly excited to receive this one. I’ll let you know what we think.

Agents of S.U.I.T.: From Badger to Worse

An Investigators spin off series Agents of S.U.I.T.: From Badger to Worse book 2 releases on the 4th April. I’ve requested this one from my local library – it says it’s on order. The first one in the series published last year Agents of S.U.I.T..

Batcat Sink or Swim!

Batcat Sink or Swim! is the second book in this fun-filled series by Meggie Ramm. I’ve got an eARC of it from NetGalley which I’ll aim to read but Floss really isn’t keen on reading eBooks yet. It publishes on the 23rd of May 2024 so you’ve got plenty of time to read book 1 – Batcat. Love the colour palette in these books.

Check back for more updates in the world of kids graphic novels. If you’d like any recommendations on further graphic novels or ideas of what to choose depending upon the interests of your child feel free to drop me a comment and I’ll do my best.

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