I’m just gonna say it: I like my books with pictures. If kids can have awesome illustrations throughout their books, why can’t we?! Luckily, there are lots of books out there for grown-ups that incorporate art in fun and exciting ways, like graphic novels. Here are some of my favorite books to read—and look at the pictures.
A spirited young prince longing to learn more about the world grows into a man on a quest to find the cause of human suffering in this first-of-its-kind graphic novel retelling of the life of Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism.
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me gets a Y2K twist in this coming-of-age young adult graphic novel from acclaimed comic artist Kate Leth about a 2000s goth teen whose favorite part of her new town is the mall.
Our Flag Means Death gets a magical, sapphic twist in this swashbuckling young adult graphic novel adventure full of high-stakes adventure, fantastical creatures, and a swoony enemies-to-lovers romance perfect for fans of In Deeper Waters and The Prince and the Dressmaker.
Set in 2005, this gorgeously illustrated, funny, and honest graphic novel follows four teens who stumble into an illicit anime DVD-burning business that shakes up their conservative small town…and their friendship.
This quirky tale about a hilarious cast of characters and their bootleg anime business is a must-read!
Nimona meets Paper Girls with a literary twist in this wickedly funny graphic novel about a teenager who is swept up in a strange new universe and must save it from an all-consuming evil in order to return home.
Jason Reynolds’s Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novel Long Way Down is now a gripping, galvanizing graphic novel, with haunting artwork by Danica Novgorodoff!
Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background at his Texas high school. He feels most comfortable expressing himself through art, crafting a secret world for his own Renaissance-art-inspired superhero, Graphite. But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be.
The book features sections that are Adrian’s Graphite comics. BTW, Graphite lives in a giant palace on the moon. Seriously what could be cooler than that. (Go check out the extended excerpt of Draw the Line now!)