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:
- Popular Graphic Novels in Teen Reads
- American Library Association YALSA list of Great Graphic Novels
- Get Graphic information about Graphic Novels
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.