I am pleased to see more and more graphic novels suitable for those chapter book readers, and today, I plan on giving them a bit of a spotlight! The elusive chapter books are tough ones to find and have specific characteristics that I looked for when purchasing;
- short chapters and total page length that allows readers to build confidence
- engaging topics and often a series with predictable plots to again improve a reader’s confidence
- strong writing that will build vocabulary and prepare readers to transition into longer and more complex novels
So without further ado, here are some chapter books and graphic novels that I enjoyed this year and again would purchase for libraries and classrooms.
Some Canadian Considerations…
Hockey Night in Kenya by Eric Walters & Danson Mutinda, and illustrated by Claudia Dávila
Cooper and the Dragon Lady by Valerie Sherrard and illustrated by David Jardine
Willa the Wisp (Fabled Stories #1) by Jonathon Auxier and illustrated by Olga Demidova
High and Dry by Eric Walters and illustrated by Sabrina Gendron
Other Chapter Books…
Geeger the Robot Goes to School by Jarrett Lerner and illustrated by Serge Seidlitz
Skunk and Badger by Amy Timblerlake and illustrated by Jon Klassen
A Kitten Called Holly (Jasmine Green Rescues #6) by Helen Peters and illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
Graphic Novels for Younger Readers…
Please note Canadian graphic novels are in red text.
Donut Feed the Squirrels by Mika Song
King of the Birds (Arlo & Pips #1) by Elise Gravel
Peter & Ernesto Sloths in the Night by Graham Annable
PeaBee & Jay Stuck Together by Brian “Smitty” Smith
Dewdrop by Katie O’Neill
Fish Feud (Squidding Around #1) by Kevin Sherry
There you have it, my reader’s dozen of chapter books and graphic novels focusing on our younger readers. What titles or series would you add?