The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
Don Brown expands into the graphic novel form with great success. There is a plethora of historic and environmental information here. The drawings really add to the reader’s experience of what it was like to be in living with so much dirt and dust.
For a fiction pairing, the graphic novel The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan is part ghost story part historical fiction.
Grade 5 and Up
Used successfully with reluctant reader
Suddenly, there seems to be an abundance of interesting, graphic novel memoirs for kids. I’m fascinated by this trend. I don’t know why it’s happening or why it works. But I’ve read several over the last few months and would enjoy reading more.
Here are five great examples of graphic novel memoirs about girls:
1. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
2. Relish. My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
3. El Deafo by Cece Bell
4. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
5. To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel