The 17 Finest Graphic Novels for 10 Year Olds
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The 17 Finest Graphic Novels for 10 Year Olds

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  • February 8, 2024
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  • 7 min read



Are you on the lookout for exciting and colorful books that your 10-year-old will love? Look no further! With graphic novels for 10 year olds, you enter a world where every page turn is an adventure, every panel is a burst of color, and every bubble of dialogue is a chance to learn and grow. So, let’s dig into the 17 finest graphic novels perfect for 10 year olds.

What Makes Graphic Novels So Special?

Creating graphic novels is extraordinary because they combine engaging stories with vivid artwork. Think of them as the perfect stepping stone from picture books to more complex literature. For a 10-year-old, these books are incredibly fun and help build important reading skills. They’re perfect for young readers who might find a page of text intimidating but will jump right into a story full of images.

The List of 17 Must-Read Graphic Novels for 10 Year Olds

Now that you’re all set, let’s discover which graphic novels best suit your 10-year-old reader.

Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi

Step into a striking universe where fantasy rules reality with the Amulet series. This epic centers around a young girl named Emily and her younger brother, Navin, who move into their great-grandfather’s house and uncover a magical amulet.

Suddenly, they battle the dark forces that wish to control the world. The blend of thrilling suspense, cliffhanging plotlines, and a heart-warming tale of courage makes this series an irresistible read!

Hilda Series by Luke Pearson

Explore the mystical world of Nordic mythology with the Hilda series. The books follow Hilda, a spry young adventurer with a heart full of curiosity, who adores going on excursions through her city’s bustling streets and the nooks and crannies of neighboring forests. Along the way, she encounters various mythical creatures – from giants to elves.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl discovers the roller derby world from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl named Astrid. When Astrid goes to a roller derby match, she immediately falls in love with the sport and decides to sign up for derby camp. However, her best friend Nicole chooses to go to ballet camp instead.

As Astrid learns about what it means to be a real friend and a real roller girl, this heartwarming coming-of-age story takes you on an exhilarating ride through the ups and downs of middle school friendships and personal growth.

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Explore a cosmic adventure with Zita the Spacegirl. Zita transforms from an ordinary girl into an intergalactic hero when she pushes a button that transports her and her best friend, Joseph, to another planet. Suddenly, Joseph gets kidnapped by an alien cult, and Zita must muster the bravery to rescue him. Gathering a band of quirky characters on her quest, she fights space creatures and robots, proving her courage.

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Meet Dog Man, the hilarious hero with the head of a dog and the body of a human, who fights crime with a heart full of courage and a nose for justice.

Created by the same genius behind Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey delivers a series brimming with silly antics and side-splitting humor to make readers laugh out loud. Yet, beneath the laughter lies messages about kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to oneself.

New Kid by Jerry Craft

“New Kid” navigates the tumultuous waters of fitting in at a new school where Jordan Banks finds himself among the few kids of color in his prestigious academy.

Through his eyes, we see the challenges and triumphs of making new friends, confronting stereotypes, and finding one’s place in a world that feels so alien. Jerry Craft blends humor with poignant moments, creating a relatable and insightful narrative.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

“Smile” is an honest and humorous journey through real-life experiences involving dental drama that many children can relate to. The story revolves around Raina, who, after a fall, injures her two front teeth, leading to years of braces, oral surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth. Amidst all these challenges, she has to deal with boys, switch schools, and learn what it means to find her identity.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

“Sisters” explores the complexities, chaos, and charms of the relationship between Telgemeier and her younger sister Amara. Spanning past and present during a family road trip, the book explores disputes over pet snakes and shared bedrooms but also embraces the love and bond that is undeniably there.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Join Greg Heffley in his daily escapades in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, filled with humorous and dramatic tales of middle school life. Greg records his experiences and thoughts in a diary (which he insists is a ‘journal’), providing insight into his peculiar way of navigating the world.

From dealing with a pesky younger brother to figuring out where he fits in at school without getting pounded, Greg’s ‘journal’ offers relatable events and hearty laughter, making it a captivating read for young readers.

El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo is a superpowered rabbit who tackles the challenges of hearing loss, offering laughs and lessons on every page.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

This tale wraps family and the supernatural together to address the topic of death in a manner that’s accessible to young readers.

Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk

Middle school can be tough, but Dany navigates friendship and change with a magical sketchbook.

Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata

Lost and Found kitten Chi will warm your heart as she explores her new surroundings and finds her forever home.

Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack

What would happen if Cleopatra was flung into the future? This graphic novel for 10 year olds whirls history and sci-fi into a fun blend.

Bone by Jeff Smith

An epic that’s both humorous and dramatic, Bone introduces readers to the world of fantastical creatures and gripping journeys.

The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin, illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

These charming adaptations of the classic series will dazzle a new generation with tales of friendship and entrepreneurship.

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm

This novel touches on the tender subjects of addiction and family, all while wrapped up in sunny art and humor.

These graphic novels for 10 year olds have stories that shimmer with rising action and lessons that resonate with readers. They are also a brilliant way to leap into more complex literature, prepare for the rigor of reading in school, and, most importantly, develop a lifelong love for books.


As your child opens each of these graphic novels for 10 year olds, they’ll meet dynamic characters who are courageous, funny, strange, and often quite like themselves. These stories invite discussion about the bigger issues like acceptance, bravery, and kindness. This American Author House list aims to provide entertainment and food for thought for young, curious minds.

The right book at the right time can spark a lifetime’s passion for reading – and what better way to get that flame burning than with one of these incredible graphic novels for 10 year olds? Sit back and watch as the young reader in your life flips page after page, transported to worlds where anything is possible.

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