Sorry for the absence last week – I needed a moment for my brain. It was a very busy place and I just needed to take a week for myself! But I’m back with a few posts this week – woohoo!
Someone recently asked me on Twitter for some recommendations of graphic novels that my class love, so I thought I’d just share some of the most popular series/graphic novels in my classroom, so that if anyone asks again, I can point them in the direction of this post!
These aren’t in any particular order, but I will tell you this first series is the one I am asked about the MOST often. It is the series I am begged for finding more of more than any other. It’s the series that kids fight over who gets to read next (not in a fisticuffs kinda way though… none of that in my classroom, ha!)
The InvestiGators series by John Patrick Green
The InvestiGators is a comic-style graphic novel series by John Patrick Green, and while it’s aimed at 7+, my Y6s absolutely love them!
Mango and Brash are alligators who investigate (hence InvestiGators). These books are FULL of puns, full of gadgets and full of Mango and Brash’s friendship! They are ready to crack every case they are given using their VESTs (Very Exciting Spy Technology) – because which investigator is incomplete without a waistcoat?
These are perfect for emerging readers, but also perfect for the likes of my Y6s who just want to read something a bit fun, with loads of laughs and incredible illustrations!
Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
Now I’m going to be honest, I think THIS might be one of my favourite series. I am up to book 7 (I think there are 8 in total… and book 8 is at school) and I am INVESTED.
This series follows Emily, a young girl who inherits an amulet from her grandfather. This amulet makes her a ‘stonekeeper’ – people who have ancient powers. Emily is accompanied by a whole cast of wonderful friends from her mum, her brother and a crew of characters who help her in her quest to, well, save the world. Each story has its own plot, and each book builds in one big plot and introduces lots of new characters and the world of Amulet grows through each book.
These are full of adventure, magic and secrets. My kids are big big fans (and so am I!)
The Babysitters Club graphic novels
These are the old Babysitters Club books reimagined in graphic novel form. These are super readable and they’re gorgeously illustrated! My kids two years in a row have worked through this series, following the stories of the girls in the Babysitters Club.
Telling the stories of looking after children, dealing with friendship issues and school, these are great for Year 6s! There’s just enough story in these and there’s loads to talk about in them too. There’s plenty of these to get through too. I believe there’s another spin off series too (which I need to look into!).
This was just 3 of the series that my kids are loving at the moment! I’ll be back with another post soon to share the other series they love! I’ll try and get quotes from them too!
Let me know if you have any recommendations of graphic novels – we are loving them so much!