What Are The Best Graphic Novels For Girls InMy year-old daughter, Roxanne, is an avid reader. Actually, avid hardly describes her reading habits. She devours books. We had comic books and they seemed to be targeted mostly at boys. Times have changed, thankfully, and today there are wonderful empowering stories told in words and pictures aimed at tweens and teenagers. These books are beautifully drawn and extremely well-written. Roxanne and I sat down last week and she drew up this list of graphic novels she feels are particularly empowering.
A Girl's Guide to Graphic Novels & Comic Books!
What are the best graphic novels for girls?
Neither girl can let a graphic novel linger in our house without sampling it immediately, sometimes to the point of rudeness. Rapunzel is no dainty girl in need of rescue. In this reimagined story set in the Wild West, Rapunzel is a fierce heroine righting wrongs and taking names. She keeps her hair long and in braids because what better way is there to lasso villains? If you read only one graphic novel on this list, pick this one. Kids who grew up with Babymouse also love this continuation of the beloved characters many adventures.
By Anne Frank and Ari Folman. This is the first graphic edition of Anne Frank's diary; a young girls poignant writings during her years of hiding in Amsterdam. This beautiful retelling is a feast for the eyes. Anne Frank's story, already so powerful and unforgettable is brought to life in full color. Even if you have read and reread her story, you will be drawn to this new version. By Dami Lee.
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More girls are both making and reading comics. Recent dust-ups focusing on sexism in mainstream comics have also helped raise awareness on the imbalance of good content in the medium targeted toward girls. Check back later as Paste covers the best current ongoing series for young female readers. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane is far too well done for that label. Mary Jane herself steps up as the the clear main character of the books, with Spidey dipping in occasionally to serve the plot. The art is fairly traditional mainstream comics stuff, but it mostly stays away from oversexualizing its main character, Melaka Fray, as she kicks all kinds of supernatural tail.
Graphic novels are a great way to explore new stories—or revisit well-loved ones in whole new ways. This list of epicreads ha, get it? Before you know it, your TBR list will skyrocket in graphic novel numbers. All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc.