ALSC - Graphic Novels for Children

In 2011, the board of directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), directed the Quicklists Consulting Committee to create a list of core titles than can be used when starting or maintaining a children’s graphic novel collection. These are recommended for elementary school-age children (Grade K-2, Grade 3-5, and Grade 6-8). The committee defined graphic novel as a full-length story told in paneled, sequential, graphic format. They included classics as well as new titles that have been widely recommended and well-reviewed, and books that have popular appeal as well as critical acclaim.

This particular collection only includes some of the notable graphic novels of ALSC's Graphic Novels for Children list. (All rights reserved.)




Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! (2009)

Written by Geoffrey Hayes

Benny and his sister Penny know it’s wrong to sneak into someone else’s backyard but their mysterious new neighbor—or is it a monster?—may be a thief. They go snooping and discover a lot about themselves and…a new friend.

Bestselling children’s artist Geoffrey Hayes enchants early readers with his charming and subtle storytelling. In this lively caper, the artist’s small-scale mice take on large-scale issues with enormous comics mastery.

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! won the 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and was one of the Best of 2009 Continuing Series by Kirkus Reviews. This graphic novel is recommended for children ages 4 and up. (Copyright © Toon Books. All rights reserved.)

Source:  TOON Books.

Bestselling author Geoffrey Hayes has written and illustrated over forty children’s books, including the extremely popular series of early readers Otto and Uncle Tooth, the classic Bear by Himself, the Patrick Bear books, When the Wind Blew by Caldecott Medal-winning author Margaret Wise Brown, and, most recently, The Bunny’s Night Light: A Glow-In-The-Dark Search. His Benny and Penny titles for TOON Books are bestsellers and have garnered multiple awards. In 2010, Benny and Penny in The Big No-No! received the prestigious Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, given to the "most distinguished book for beginning readers published during the preceding year."


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