You're not picky about genre. It's the combination of words and pictures that gets you. Stay satiated with these titles. (All annotations (c) Castilleja School…
(Grades 7+) Kiku, a teenager in contemporary San Francisco, travels back in time to witness her grandmother’s harrowing confinement in a Japanese-American internment camp. Kiko is stuck there too, and her growing understanding of the fear, privations, and community in the camp are brought to life in the fine-lined artwork of this graphic novel.
(Grades 8+) Set during her mother's illness and after her death, author Tyler Feder describes her experience dealing with grief. As a college age young woman from a tight-knit Jewish family, Feder's mother is diagnosed with cancer and dies shortly after. Feder remembers how she and her family dealt with pain, sadness, anger, but eventually acceptance.
(Grades 3+) Nine-year old Drew loves to doodle. Her drawings live in Doodleville, but often slip off of the page to cause shenanigans and alter paintings or other 2D art. When Drew’s class takes a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, Drew decides to create something big and magnificent, and names it Leviathan. However, Drew’s classmates don’t understand Levi, so Levi becomes a monstrous creature. When Levi starts destroying artwork, can Drew join forces with her friends to reign Levi in?
(Grades 6+) Middle school student Bina is having the best time playing in her new band with her friends. But once two members start dating, the band and Bina’s friendships start to crumble, a situation that is further complicated by an unrequited crush. Can Bina navigate the twists and turns before the lights come up and the music starts playing?
(Grades 5+) While living with her latest set of foster parents, Ashley Rayburn mistakenly applies some body paints, created for military purposes, which give her a wide range of special powers. But if the military discovers what happened to their secret weapon, Ashley and her newfound family and friends are all in danger.
(Grade 6+) Set in 1861, Flor is a bandit making a living robbing stagecoaches in the west. Her partner is Grace, a trans woman on the run from her home in Georgia, avoiding conscription into the confederate army. As they work together, Grace and Flor's romance flourishes.
(Grades 6+) Donut, though born of two famous supervillains, wants to use her powers for good. She enrolls in Lionheart School for Heroes where she must prove she is not evil like her family. Her best villain friend, Ivy, becomes jealous of Donut's new school and friends. Read alongside Donut as she navigates her family and friend relationships.
(YA) Twins Pete and Alastair Montague love to solve mysteries. After a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach and three girls go missing after a spell gone wrong, they discover their guardian has been keeping secrets about the boys’ parents and their powers. With the help of their guardian’s daughter, Charlie, they discover forces at work that they never could have imagined, which will impact their lives forever.
(YA) Teenage Artemisia, after being trained by her celebrated painter father, Orazio Gentileschi, faces patriarchal Europe and many hardships. Learn about her artistic enevours as well as her personal life in this biography centered around Artemisia finding her voice as a woman and feminist.
(Grades 7+) Mindy is a young woman with body dysmorphia. One night, when she buys a chocolate bar at a corner store, she realizes that each bite transports her to a different moment that shaped her relationship with food and her own body. As she re-lives her experiences she starts on a path of self-acceptance and self-love.
(Grades 6+) Twins Maurine and Francine may be quite different, but they've always been super close - until they get to middle school. When Maurine tries to get a little space to herself, Francine lashes back by running against Francine for student council president. Colorful artwork and likeable characters bring this realistic graphic novel to life.
(Grades 6+) Miro and Zia meet in their sleepy coastal town at the start of summer vacation when they witness a neighborhood fisherman being taken from the beach in an ambulance. Zia's curiousity sucks Miro in - they've got to find out what's really afoot in the dark waters off their coast line. For lovers of graphic novels, adventure, and mysteries.
(Gr 4-7) A group of boys makes a pact to follow the paper lanterns sent down the river as part of an annual town festival. The boys discover an anthropomorphic bear and have encounters that lead to even greater adventures full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship in this escapist fantasy.
(Gr 6+) Sunny has just begun 7th grade, and she loves playing Dungeons & Dragons with the boys! She is trying to figure out what girls are 'supposed' to do, while discovering who she really is. It's all about finding the balance between being cool and having fun.