Comic books for kids appeal to a wide range of readers, and these fantastic kid-friendly choices will have your young ones begging for more. Parents may think that comic books aren’t worth reading, or wary of violence or adult themes. But, these parent-approved kid’s comic books are perfect reads for your kids.

Some kids devour books, hungry for the next good read, while others can only be tempted to read by something truly magnificent. Finding reading material to satisfy either group can be challenging. Why not give comic books for kids a try? Don’t worry; they’re not all violent or sexualized.

The 9 Best Comic Books for Kids to Read

You are going to love these kid’s comic books!

Babymouse by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

This adorable, two-tone comic follows the adventures of Babymouse, an imaginative mouse interested in reading books and eating cupcakes. The main plot is often interrupted by dream-like sequences. These musings usually follow the plot points of classic literature, so your kiddo may learn something along the way!

When she’s not daydreaming, she’s navigating the typical challenges of middle school, including mean girls, making friends, and a locker that contains a giant, murderous squid. (Okay, so not all her challenges are typical.)

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Zita is courageous, daring and full of spunk as she travels through space, facing such perils as monsters, robots, and men who play the flute. She’ll also encounter a giant mouse, a cult, a huge replica of herself, and herds of adoring fans as she unwittingly becomes an intergalactic hero!

Zita the Spacegirl and its sequels feature beautiful artwork and a host of interesting beings for Zita to interact with. It’s a gentle introduction to science fiction that tells girls they can do anything they put their minds to. But above all, it’s a great story with a lot of heart. Comic books for kids don’t get much better than this.

Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A hero can be anyone, even the lady scooping up the mystery meat in the cafeteria. In Lunch Lady, three school kids learn that their lunch lady is a secret super hero. They team up with her to defeat cyborgs, librarians, authors, and other nefarious suspects. With gadgets like fish-stick nun chucks, Lunch Lady protects the students of her school, and teaches life lessons along the way. These books will also treat your child to plenty of hilarious puns. They’ll definitely ask for seconds.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

The world can be a boring place sometimes, with school, snot-faced kids being jerks, and things that are generally not awesome. Enter Phoebe, a gap-toothed fourth grader with big ideas and a sparkling personality. Her middle name is Danger (is it, though?) and she knows just what she wants.

She wants a unicorn for a best friend. It’s fortunate, then, that she meets Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, a clever, somewhat narcissistic unicorn who helps Phoebe see the world a little differently. This charming comic comparable to Calvin and Hobbes, but featuring a girl. Also, it has a unicorn. What else could you need?

The Secret Science Alliance by Eleanor Davis

Middle school is hard enough without trying to hide the fact that you’re a genius. That’s what Julian Calendar has to deal with. Luckily, he meets two like minds, and the three of them team up and create The Secret Science Alliance, a kind of club where they can invent without the fear of judgment from the rest of the student body.

This well-crafted comic book for kids shows them that following your passions is worth it, and that being smart is cool. These nerds-turned-heroes are sure to win your kids’ hearts.

Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack

Cleopatra is a historical figure turned time traveler who learns she must train to save the world. At 15, Cleo is transported to another planet, and far into the future. She soon learns that she is meant to fulfill a prophecy on this world, and that she’ll need to go to school to learn to do it. This doesn’t sit well with her, at least until she gets her hands on a ray gun. Action-packed and spunky, this comic delivers fast-paced fantasy fun.

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Being a teenager can be awkward, especially in middle school. Add social anxiety to the mix, and you’re asking for a painful three years. Peppi feels out of place everywhere she turns, except in art club. Unfortunately, Peppi accidentally humiliates Jamie, a boy in the science club. The two beautifully demonstrate the pain of social interaction when everything just feels a little…awkward. Excellent for preteens, or anyone who remembers the strange days between 10 and 20. Sometimes comic books for kids get grown-ups in the feels, too.

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Page by Paige is a poignant work for older teens about self-discovery and becoming who you’re meant to become. More mature than the comic books for kids mentioned previously, this work features stunning art you’ll want to share. Paige is a relatable, honest protagonist navigating her way through a new school and new city, which, at 16, can be frightening. Through new friends and the drawings in her sketchbook, Paige slowly finds her place in her new home, and in the world.

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

This quasi-manga novel series can be unsettling but also delivers a fast-paced fantasy ride through a sometimes terrifying other-world. Emily and Navin explore an underground world in search of their kidnapped mother. Desperate to save their only remaining parent, the two team up with a mechanical rabbit to fight monsters and demons, all while facing common fears most of us experience during adolescence. This best-selling series won’t disappoint.

Summing Up

Once you start down the path of combining words and pictures in the unique way that only comic books can, you won’t want to stop. Comic books for kids might become your new favorite genre. Why not get on your library’s website right now and reserve one or two of these titles? You can read them with your child, or pre-screen them for older readers if you’re concerned about content. When you find something you love, share it with your child or teen. She’ll appreciate the time you’ve put in, and may even think you’re pretty cool for recommending a comic.

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