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.)




Bone #1: Out from Boneville (2005)

Written by Jeff Smith

Fast, funny, and crackling with nonstop action, this graphic novel follows the adventures of three unforgettable outcasts as they begin the long journey back home.

In Out from Boneville, volume one of this nine-book epic, the three Bone cousins—Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone—are separated and lost in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. Eventually, the cousins are reunited at a farmstead run by tough Gran'ma Ben and her spirited granddaughter Thorn. But little do the Bones know, there are dark forces conspiring against them and their adventures are only just beginning! Kids and adults alike will immensely enjoy this fantasy-humor comic adventure.

The Bone comic series received numerous awards, among them ten Eisner Awards and eleven Harvey Awards. In 2005, Time chose the 1,342 page compilation as one of the 10 best English language graphic novels ever written. This graphic novel is recommended for preteens ages 9 and up. (Copyright © Scholastic Press. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Scholastic Inc.

Jeff Smith was born and raised in the American Midwest. He learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and watching animated shows on TV. After four years of drawing comic strips for Ohio State University’s student newspaper and co-founding Character Builders animation studio in 1986, Smith launched the comic book Bone in 1991. Between Bone and other comics projects, Smith spends much of his time on the international guest circuit promoting comics and the art of graphic novels.

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