September 25 is National Comic Book Day – a day that honors the art of comics, the people who create comics, and the stories everyone has cherished for years. Chandler’s students are also fans of graphic novels, reading about new artists and authors as they celebrate the day with events across the country or maybe just a light reading at home.

First popularized in the United States, comics are also referred to as comic book magazines or graphic novels. Early comics displayed dialogues in the form of bubbles or balloons above the heads of the characters. As a true art form, art and designs can be quite intricate and beautiful, as we see in manga from Japan, or make historical events fun (and sometimes funny) like the Nathan Hale Hazardous Tales series. .

At Chandler, we have comic book and graphic novel sections in middle and high school libraries. “Our graphic novels are very popular,” says school librarian Stacey May, “and we have so many fun options and new books coming in all the time! Here is a list of recommendations from Stacey May available for purchase on Amazon or for viewing in our school libraries:

Kindergarten – 2nd grade
Noodleheads Lucky Day illustrated by Tedd Arnold
Narwhal – Unicorn of the sea! By Ben Clanton

3rd to 5th year
“Snoopy Party Animal” by Schulz
Hilo the Ledger from Judd Winick

3rd year and up
Fairy Tale Comics edited by Chris Duffy
When the Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

5th year and up
Artemis Fowl – The Graphic Novel Adapted by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Bonkin
Raina Telgemeier smile
March: Volume 1 by John Lewis

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