We want to start off this blog with a thank you to Richard Ruddick, who kindly submitted a fantastic guest blog to us titled ‘Why you should have graphic novels in your classroom’. The blog explains the power that graphic novels have inspiring children to become more confident readers and the reasons why schools should begin to incorporate graphic novels more widely.
As part of Richard’s fantastic blog, he also supplied some brilliant recommendations for Graphic Novels to read in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We’ll be going over the Key Stage 2 recommendations in this blog, so if you’re after the Key Stage 1 recommendations, head over to our Key Stage 1 blog.
The InvestiGators is a graphic novel series created by John Patrick Green, following the escapades of MANGO and BRASH, agents of S.U.I.T on a mission to stop supervillains!
This wonderful graphic novel is about a girl with severe allergies who believes that a pet of her own is the answer to her problems in her home life. It’s up to Maggie to outwit her allergies and find her perfect pet.
Based on a true story, Guts is about the author of the graphic novel, Raina Telgemeier, who wakes up one night with an upset stomach. When Raina heads back to school, she soon realises that her upset stomach isn’t going away, and lines up with her worries on Food, School and Friendships.
From Graphic Novel legend Kazu Kibuishi, Amulet is a world of demons, a mechanical rabbit, a huge robot and two children on a death-defying mission.
Written by autistic Irish comedian Aoife Dooley, this is a wonderful graphic novel all about fitting in and standing out. Frankie is different from everyone in her class, but she cannot figure out why that is. At home, when Frankie sneaks into her mother’s room and sees her biological dad’s name on her birth certificate, she tracks him down to see if he holds the key to unlocking the mystery of why she is different from the people in her class.
Mr Wolf’s Class
Mr. Wolf’s Class is all about Mr. Wolf who has just started teaching at Hazlewood Elementary. He really wants the first day to go well, but with his new class, he certainly has his work cut out for him.
When Stars Are Scattered
In this Graphic Novel, Omar and his brother Hassan have spent the majority of their lives in a refugee camp in Kenya. But when Omar has a chance to go to school, it’s an opportunity to change their future. But it would mean Omar leaving Hassan on his own in the camp.
Stepping Stones goes through the trials and tribulations of Jen and her mum’s divorce, their re-locating, a new way of life and having to adjust to brand new step-siblings. Jen has to deal with the insecurities she has with her new family and how she fits in.
From Tim Probert, this highly-rated Graphic Novel is set on the planet of Irpa. Deep in the heartland of Irpa stands Salty Pig’s House of Tonics and Tinctures, home of the Pig Wizard and his adopted daughter, Bea, where they craft potions for the people of their world. All that changes, when Bea meets an unexpected guest.
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944
I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944 is a Graphic Novel adaptation of the novel ‘I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944’ by Lauren Tarshis, with art by Álvaro Sarraseca. Set in a Jewish ghetto, Max and his sister Zena struggle to survive after their father is taken away by the Nazis. The siblings make a dangerous escape from German soldiers into a nearby forest and are taken into a Jewish settlement. Can Max and Zena survive the oncoming Nazi invasion?
And there you have it, a fantastic list of Key Stage 2 recommendations for Graphic Novels kindly submitted by Richard for use in your classrooms. All of these wonderful Graphic Novels are available to purchase from all good book shops and online retailers. Remember, if you’re after Graphic Novels that are suitable for Key Stage 1, check out our other blog post with Richard’s recommendations!