Booklist: Best graphic novels for Years 3 and 4 (ages 7-9)

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Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are longer stories written and illustrated in the style of a comic, combining a sequence of engaging visual elements that drive the plot, coupled with short pockets of text in the form of captions and dialogue. The format has seen a burst in popularity in recent years, and these books are seeing an increasing demand in primary schools. We've picked out a list of brilliant graphic novels that are most suitable for children aged 7-9....

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Many graphic novels widely available in the UK are pitched at a slightly older teen audience, and caution must be exercised in selecting the most appropriate books for younger readers. Here at BooksForTopics HQ, we are convinced of the power of graphic novels as a superb reading for pleasure choice in Key Stage 2, and we have picked out a list of brilliant graphic novels that are most suitable for children aged 7-9.

Despite the comic style, graphic novels are not limited to funny stories alone, although there are many hilarious and wacky tales popular with young readers who love to laugh, like Phil Corbett's Kitty Quest series (as featured in The Phoenix Comic) or Dav Pilkey's enormously popular Dog Man books, which often serve as an entry point to the world of graphic novels for younger children. Other graphic novels feature true-to-life drama and important issues, from the themes of plastic pollution in the short and topical graphic novel Max Axiom: Ocean Plastic Problem and the drama on and off the football pitch portrayed in Roy of the Rovers.

Fantasy adventure and sci-fi fans can enjoy the imaginative worlds of Lightfall or Star Cat and children looking for a graphic novel version of well-known stories will be likely to enjoy the illustrated retelling of The Famous Five or the classic tale The Wind in the Willows.

Fans of the graphic-novel style can find more recommendations on our Upper KS2 Graphic Novel booklist.

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