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.)




The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (1974)

Written by Hergé

While looking around the Old Street Market, Tintin stumbles across a model ship and buys it as a gift for his friend, Captain Haddock. Little does he realize, the ship will prove to be the key to an exciting (and very dangerous) adventure.

The captain is overjoyed but astonished to receive Tintin’s gift. The ship appears to be a model of a vessel depicted in the background of a painting of the captain’s illustrious ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock. While looking through an old chest found in his attic, Captain Haddock chances upon the diary of his ancestor. It tells the story of Sir Francis’s run-in with a fearsome pirate, Red Rackham, and also describes a priceless treasure.

Strange events begin to unfold. Tintin’s flat is ransacked and a mysterious collector seems determined to buy the model ship. For Tintin and Captain Haddock—as well as a gang of crooks—the treasure hunt is well and truly on!

The Secret of the Unicorn and its sequel, Red Rackham’s Treasure, are two of the best-loved Tintin books of all time. The first edition of this graphic novel was first published in 1943. This new format, crafted specifically for younger readers, features the original Tintin graphic novel plus brand-new content. Go "behind the scenes" with the true story about people, places and antiquities that Hergé drew from, filled with fun facts, lots of pictures, and easy-to-read text! This graphic novel is recommended for children ages 8 and up. (Copyright © Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Hachette Book Group.

Georges Remi was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1907.


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