Top 10 Graphic Novels

Our school opened in 2019 and not counting being closed for the pandemic or summer months, we have been open for 10 months total. The checkout numbers may not be considered high to some, but take into account we’ve only been open 10 months.

Graphic novels have become sooo popular over the last few years. In our library, graphic novels only represent 20% of our collection, yet they count for 41% of all our checkouts. A lot of parents are unhappy when their teens only checkout graphic novels, but I call them gateway books. They are fast to read and highly entertaining. Once a person, or a reluctant reader, has learn that a book can be a great source of entertainment they are eventually willing to branch out and read traditional books. A big portion of graphic novels are manga – Japanese graphic novels that are read from back to front, left to right. There are also many classics and popular novels that have been turned into graphic novels. The Hobbit, Anne of Green Gables, Maximum Ride, and the Percy Jackson series to name a few. I finessed this list a bit. If it was a true top 10 there would be 8 My Hero Academia books and 2 others, so I chose to combine all of those into one slot so I could highlight some more really popular books.

#1 – MY HERO ACADEMIA

By far and away, these are our number one checkouts. Hugely popular, we have two sets of these and they are constantly put on hold. The 1st book in the series has been checked out 54 times.

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny… 

#2 – THE TIME MUSEUM

This book has won many awards. The kids really liked this one and couldn’t wait for us to order the sequel. Checked out 35 times.

The internship program at the Time Museum is a little unusual. For one thing, kids as young as twelve get to apply for these prestigious summer jobs. And as for the applicant pool . . . well, these kids come from all over history.

When Delia finds herself working at the Time Museum, the last thing she expects is to be sent on time-traveling adventures with an unlikely gang of kids from across the eons. From a cave-boy to a girl from the distant future, Delia’s team represents nearly all of human history! They’re going to need all their skills for the challenge they’ve got in store . . . defending the Time Museum itself!

#3 – GHOSTS

Raina Telgemeier’s books resonate with many of our readers. This one is a popular re-read. Checked out 33 times.

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.

#4 – The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home

A cute cat comic book, this one is constantly being put on hold. Checked out 31 times.

A multiple New York Times Best Seller and two-time winner of the Manga.Ask.Com Awards for Best Children’s Manga, Konami Kanata’s tale of a lost kitten has been acclaimed by readers worldwide as an excellent example of a comic that has truly been accepted by readers of all-ages.

Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Separated from the warmth and protection of her mother, feels distraught. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment…where pets are strictly not permitted.

#5 – CRUSH

#3 in the Berrybrook Middle School series. I don’t know much about, except I’m always shelving them. Checked out 26 times.

Jorge seems to have it all together. He’s big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he’s also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl… But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants?

#6 – DRAMA

Another popular Raina Telgemeier book. Checked out 26 times.

PLACES, EVERYONE!

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

#7 – AWKWARD

#1 in the Berrybrook Middle School series. Checked out 24 times.

Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

On her first day at her new school, Penelope–Peppi–Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she’s already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the “nerder girlfriend.” How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can’t help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he’s a member of her own club’s archrivals–the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

#8 – SMILE

Raina Telgemeier wins again! Checked out 24 times.

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.

#9 – THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER

The kids always told us how much they liked this book when they brought it back. It is one of our most worn out books. Checked out 22 times.

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

#10 – NARUTO SERIES

This is another series I am constantly re-shelving. The first 3-in-1 book has been checked out 21 times.

Twelve years ago the Village Hidden in the Leaves was attacked by a fearsome threat. A nine-tailed fox spirit claimed the life of the village leader, the Hokage, and many others. Today, the village is at peace and a troublemaking kid named Naruto is struggling to graduate from Ninja Academy. His goal may be to become the next Hokage, but his true destiny will be much more complicated. The adventure begins now!

OTHER GRAPHIC NOVELS WITH MORE THAN 20 CHECKOUTS