Kid Tested, Librarian Approved: Nonfiction graphic novels

We’ve recently added nonfiction titles to the graphic novels in the Kids Library. It’s already a popular area that will have more and more new titles every week. I recommend a few to graphic novels to get you started. You’ll also find an extended list for you and your kiddo to deep dive into.

Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith

Did you know that a third of the settler population in the American Wild West was African American? Caldecott Medalist Kadir Nelson (The Undefeated) joins with James Otis Smith in this dramatic graphic novel. This book highlights three larger than life Western figures who were born into slavery. Black Heroes of the Wild West combines period illustrations, biographical details, and relevant print and web resources to create a robust and lively graphic novel that is perfect for middle grade readers.

Science Comics: The Brain written by Tory Woollcott & illustrated by Alex Graudins

In this installment of Science Comics, Fahama is kidnapped by Dr. Cerebrum, a mad scientist, who plans to use her brain for science. In this funny story Fahama, and the reader, learn about the brain, our senses and everything related to the two.

The Science Comics series does an excellent job of combining a story with loads of factual information. The Brain is no different and will surely leave readers excited to get their hands on the next chapter.

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier written by Jim Ottaviani & illustrated by Maris Wicks

The first woman in space was Valentina Tereshkova from the Soviet space program. Not to be outdone, NASA’s first female astronauts raced to pass their own milestones in the following years. The narrator, Astronaut Dr. Mary Cleave, leads the reader through wonderful illustrations and the history of women in NASA.

It’s important for young girls to read stories of successful women in science. This will help build a future of more women joining scientific fields. Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier combines an easy to digest format with imperative and real information about the women who have led the way. It explores the history of female astronauts as they were and as they should have been while NASA fumbled toward creating a diverse program.

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Rachael is always listening to an audiobook or a podcast, usually while doing a mountain of housework that comes with having young kids. Her favorite genres include historical fiction, young adult fantasy and historical romances. In her off time she enjoys hand lettering, using power tools and watching heavy metal rock concerts with her husband. She purchases the young adult and juvenile fiction for the library.