Graphic novels–finding resources to engage teens

Graphic novels and graphic texts are books made up of graphic or comic content. They look like comics but often are sophisticated. Graphic novels are great texts for engaging and motivating readers–especially adolescents in the middle and high school years.

Three well-known graphic novels include:

  • Maus by Art Spiegelman is about the Holocaust
  • The 911 Report Graphic Adaptation takes the content of the 911 Report and presents it in a comic form.
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is about the Islamic Revolution in Iran

We see just from these three that graphic novels take on serious topics, but the list of graphic texts isn’t small. There are many, many high-quality graphic texts and great resources for finding them. Here is a list of links to sites that can help you find these terrific books:

Check out graphic novels and texts. In addition to those written as stand alone books, there are others that are adaptations of classics. For example, graphic adaptations of books like Romeo and Juliet or Farenheit 451.

Go ahead and get graphic with texts. They are great books and texts that are engaging for teens and adults.


About bluegrassjb

I am an academic with a love for language, literacy and learning. The focus of my work is on student success at the K-12 and college levels. Outside of my professional interests I enjoy travel, photography and antiquing with my partner and wife. We like to hit the road in our travel trailer with the dogs and when at home party with the cats.
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