Today, September 25, is National Comic Book Day - a day that honors the comic book art, the people who create comics, and the stories we have cherished for years.
We also are fans of graphic novels, reading new artists and authors as we celebrate the day with events across the country or maybe just some light reading at home.
First popularized in the United States, comic books are also called comic magazines or graphic novels. The earliest comic strips displayed dialogue in bubbles or balloons above characters’ heads. As a true art form, the art and designs can be quite intricate and beautiful, as we see in manga works from Japan, or make historical events fun (and sometimes funny) like the Nathan Hale Hazardous Tales Series.
At Chandler, we have comic book and graphic novels sections at both the Lower and Middle School libraries. “Our graphic novels are very popular,” says School Librarian Stacey May, “and we have so many fun options and new books coming in all the time!” Here is a list of recommendations from Stacey May that are available for purchase on Amazon or available to check out at our school libraries:
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Noodleheads Lucky Day illustrated by Tedd Arnold
Narwhal - Unicorn of the Sea! By Ben Clanton
3rd to 5th Grade
Snoopy Party Animal by Schulz
Hilo the Great Big Book by Judd Winick
3rd Grade and Up
Fairy Tale Comics edited by Chris Duffy
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
5th Grade and Up
Artemis Fowl - The Graphic Novel Adapted by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Bonkin