Top Ten Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are superheroes in the classroom! They have unique powers that can rescues readers! Students are drawn to them and enjoy being swept away. Just like superheroes, graphic novels rarely get the praise they deserve. They are the humblest of books, yet they do so much good for our readers.

I cannot sing the praise enough for graphic novels! How many of my readers have been changed because of graphic novels? Too many to count. How many students have fallen in love with reading because of graphic novels? Too many to count. Graphic novels can change students’ lives as readers. And yet, we don’t sing their praise enough.

So here is a list of our Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels (Appropriate for Grades 3-6). I can’t keep these books on my shelves. Enjoy!Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 6.18.31 PM

  1. Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
  2. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  3. Bake Sale by Sara Varon
  4. Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  5. El Deafo by Cece Bell
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  7. The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin & Raina Telgemeier
  8. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
  9. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  10. Comic Squad by Jennifer L. Holm


Typically found wearing mismatched socks, Dana Johansen spends her time teaching fifth grade in Connecticut, negotiating with her yellow lab about doggy dinner options, and plopping down on the floor in bookstore aisles to find new reads. She has taught elementary and middle school for fourteen years. Dana is a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studies blended learning in reading and writing workshop.