Kids’ comics remain one of the book segments that is still growing, and certainly for comics publishers, it’s a great way to get the younglings hooked so they will grow up reading comics. School Library Journal has a list of thirty-nine graphic novels that kids can’t resist:
The following 39 comics are titles that kids will actually want to read—without any well-meaning prompting from parents, educators, and summer reading lists. In other words, these are books that kids will read just for the joy of it.
The list for older grades seems a bit arbitrary, but the list for younger readers is a solid grouping of books that range from manga (CHI’S SWEET HOME) to epic (THE UNSINKABLE WALKER BEAN). Looking at the list also gives a nice snapshot of publishers who are committed to the younger crowd.
Along those same lines, Forbidden Planet spotlights one of the best selling comics of the decade the Babymouse Series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm.
This is one of those books that slips under the normal radar of comic people, a new type of comics that bypasses the normal shops, is unmentioned by the comic press. And yet it sells. It sells by the bucketload. In that respect you can file it in the same category as things like Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Geronimo Stilton, Captain Underpants and others – hugely successful series, all with some comic elements. But Babymouse is proper comics.
BABYMOUSE has 14 volumes in print and just spun off into a new series, SQUISH THE SUPER AMOEBA.
IN addition to being one of the best selling graphic novels series out there, this is another example of WOMEN ARE ALREADY DOING COMICS — both series are written by Jennifer Holm. (Brother Matthew draws them.)
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.