Graphic novels for LKS2 build on the very simple layouts and narratives that form the KS1 list. Humour, often anarchic and high-energy, is evident in many of the books, along with themes of friendship and the development of self-confidence. In this list, you will also find quest adventures, stories rooted in mythology, every day drama, wish fulfilment and engaging nonfiction.
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- Choosing Books for the Classroom: The Just Imagine review panel select their favourite Graphic Novels.
- Author Chat: Thomas Flintham, Sylvie Kantorovitz, and Jerry Craft talk about their work
- Roy Moss blogs about comedy duos in graphic novels.
- In The Reading Corner podcast: Mark Bradley talks to Nikki Gamble about his Bumble and Snug series.
- An easy purchase pack of graphic novels for LKS2 chosen by our team and available from our partner bookseller Best Books for Schools
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Our top picks from recent titles
Batpig: When Pigs Fly
By Rob Harrell. Illustrated by Rob Harrell. Published by Walker Books.
Some pigs are born great; other pigs have greatness thrust upon them. BATPIG follows the amazing, porktastic adventures of Gary Yorkshire – an entirely normal piglet whose world is turned upside down when he’s bitten by his friend, Brooklyn, the bat, and develops the power of flight! And what could Gary do with this newfound talent other than become a superhero?
Our reviewer, Sam Creighton, writes, ‘It is very much the sort of book many young children wish to and try to write. If we want children to enjoy reading, then we must provide them with texts like these which they can laugh over, share, reread and be inspired by.’
Agents of S.U.I.T.
By John Patrick Green. Illustrated by Pat Lewis. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.
Meet Cilantro, the Chameleon! Newly appointed Agent of S.U.I.T!*Cilantro finally has a chance to prove herself . . . but her first big case is OUT OF THIS WORLD. As she begins to uncover a sheep-led worker’s rights revolt and an alien invasion conspiracy, can Cilantro earn her V.E.S.T.** and catch the bad guys?
By Jamie Smart. Illustrated by Jamie Smart. Published by David Fickling Books.
Looshkin might look like a cute blue cat, but you’ve never met a cat like Looshkin before. If you look away for just a moment, your house will be full of foamy bubbles, there are pigs on your roof, and a portal to a hell-dimension has opened in your loft.
Zanny, high-energy stories from Jamie Smart. Our reviewer, Heather Hann, says ‘The slapstick nature of the stories will appeal to beginner readers, and the pages contain lots of different uses of gutter and types of panels which stops the reader from being bored and makes you read pages in different ways. Speech and narration bubbles help move the stories on and get into the minds of the cat and the teddy bear – two of the main characters.’
Georgia and the Edge of the World
By Robin Boydon. Illustrated by Robin Boydon. Published by David Fickling Books.
Georgia has grown up loving stories of adventure – but she’s never allowed to have one of her own. Her adopted father won’t even let her leave the city of Angleston. So Georgia creates inventions with her donkey friend, Ponky, waiting for the day she’ll finally be able to see the world outside.
By Sophy Henn. Illustrated by Sophy Henn. Published by Simon and Schuster.
HELLO! My name is Pizazz, and I’m a superhero… You probably think that’s really AWESOME, and while it can be, it’s also REEEEEEEAAALLLLY annoying. Don’t believe me? Well, I have to wear the same outfit ALL THE TIME?! I’m always dashing off to save the world right in the middle of fun stuff. Plus I have to be the good guy even when I might not want to be. And sometimes, I just want to be, well, normal. You see, it’s not easy being SUPER.
A light-hearted take on struggling with being a regular child in a world where you are expected to be perfect. 8 and 9-year-olds will enjoy this series.
By Phil Corbett. Illustrated by Phill Corbett. Published by Simon and Schuster.
Woolfrik and Perigold are two down-on-their-luck cats in need of some extra cash, so they’ve decided to become professional monster slayers – except they don’t know the first thing about it! So when a huge beast starts rampaging through the town, they are put to the ultimate test. But the monster is just the beginning of their worries because someone even more troublesome is pulling its strings.
Great fun and sure to appeal to fans of Dog Man and Cat Kid,
A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You
By Mike Barfield. Illustrated by Jess Bardley. Published by Michael O'Mara Books.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what a panda does all day long, how your heart manages to shift all that blood around your body or what makes a rainbow shine, you’ve come to the right book. A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You features the answers to all of these questions and many more, all told in a super-fun comic book format in three awesome sections: Human Body, Animal Kingdom and Earth and Science.
This nonfiction graphic novel won the 2021 Blue Peter Book Award (Book with Facts). It will appeal to children throughout KS2. There is a second book A Day in the Life of an Astronaut, Mars and Distant Stars.
Hilda and the Wilderness Stories
By Luke Pearson. Illustrated by Luke Pearson. Published by Nobrow Ltd.
The first two books in the Hilda graphic novel series, Hilda and the Troll & Hilda and the Midnight Giant, which inspired the award-winning Hilda animated series on Netflix.
By Nathan Fairbairn. Illustrated by Michele Assarasakorn. Published by Penguin Putnam Inc.
Meet best friends Gabby Jordan, Priya Gupta, and Mindy Park. They’re different in just about every way—personalities, hobbies, family, and more—but they have a few important things in common: they’re all in the same class, they absolutely love animals, and for reasons that are as varied as the trio themselves none of them can actually have any pets. Unable to resist the adorable temptation any longer, the girls decide to come up with a way to finally get their hands on some furry friends. And, as luck would have it, it seems like their neighbourhood is in need of some after-school dog walkers. So, just like that, PAWS is born!
This story features Gabby, and much like the popular Babysitters Club, subsequent volumes will feature the other girls. A story about enterprising friends with some hilarious canine mishaps along the way.
By John Patrick Green. Illustrated by John Patrick Green. Published by Macmillan.
Mango and Brash are the InvestiGators: sewer-loving agents of S.U.I.T. and scourge of supervillains everywhere! With their Very Exciting Spy Technology and their tried-and-true, toilet-based travel techniques, the InvestiGators are undercover and on the case! And on their first mission together, they have not one but two mysteries to solve!
Packed with puns and visual jokes, this series appeals to readers from around 7 upwards and throughout KS2