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Children's and Young Adult Literature

Librarian-curated guide for finding and using Children's and Young Adult Literature

What Are Graphic Novels?

Graphic novel is the commonly used term to refer to full-length books illustrated mostly or entirely in comics-style panels, but other terms you may hear include cartoons, comics, comic books, manga, bandes dessinees, graphic literature, graphic stories, and sequential art. Comics aren't just about Peanuts in the Sunday paper or slim issues of the latest Ultimate Spiderman - you can find graphic novels in a range of genres, artistic styles, lengths, languages, and target audiences. In Hekman's collection of graphic novels, you'll find a wide selection to learn more about the art form and read for enjoyment!

Featured Books About Graphic Novels

Book cover - red and orange title over cartoon image of man with glasses
Book cover - red title on blue background with collage of superhero characters
Book cover - black title on yellow background
Book cover - white title on blue background with collage of manga book covers
Book cover - yellow title on teal background with small image of speech bubble with bookshelves in it
Book cover - white title on blue background with collage of cartoon characters

New Graphic Novels

Special Collection: Graphic Novels

 

Color photo of stacks in Graphic Novels section

The Hekman Library has a growing collection of graphic novels on the third floor, next to the New Books and Recreational Reading. Some of our featured manga, or Japanese comics, we also have in their anime forms, or the cartoon shows based on the novels, in the Cayvan collection on the main floor.