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.)

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The Storm in the Barn (2009)

Written by Matt Phelan

Tall tale. Thriller. Gripping historical fiction. This artful, sparely told graphic novel—a tale of a boy in Dust Bowl America—will resonate with young readers today. 

In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: local bullies, his father’s failed expectations, a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he also has to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl, including rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness.

Certainly a case of "dust dementia" would explain who (or what) Jack has glimpsed in the Talbot’s abandoned barna sinister figure with a face like rain. In a land where it never rains, it’s hard to trust what you see with your own eyesand harder still to take heart and be a hero when the time comes.

With phenomenal pacing, sensitivity, and a sure command of suspense, Matt Phelan ushers us into a world where desperation is transformed by unexpected courage. This graphic novel is recommended for preteens ages 10 and up. (Copyright © Candlewick/Random House. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Random House LLC.

Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Always by Ann Stott and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. The Storm in the Barn is his first graphic novel. Matt lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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