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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

Understanding Comics
Heroes & Superheroes
The Graphic Novel
Graphic Novels in High School and Middle School Classrooms
Independents & Underground Classics

New Graphic Novels

Black Panther: World of Wakanda
Mockingbird Vol. 2, My Feminist Agenda
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 5
Black Widow: No More Secrets
You & a Bike & a Road
Midnighter Apollo
The Sheriff of Babylon

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.