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STEM Tuesday– Getting Your Comic-on with Great Science Graphic Novels — Book List


Can you believe it is already December? We hope that you have found some amazing reads here this year. To finish out 2018 we’ve selected some comics and graphic novels that might have you looking at STEM in an entirely new way.

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit Older than Dirt: A Wild But True History of Earth by Don Brown and Dr. Michael R. Perfit  

Almost 14.5 billion years ago, it all started with a BIG BANG. What began as a cloud of gas and dust became our planet. Sibert Honor medalist Don Brown tackles the history of our planet in his latest.



Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgThe Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

Another title from Don Brown for your bookshelf provides readers with information about one of the worst environmental disasters of our planet. This is a great book to pair with The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse.


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We’ve featured select titles within this STEM series before, but we wanted to be sure to tell you about the newest title released this fall:  Solar System: Our Place in SpaceOther titles include Volcanoes, Coral Reefs, Robots & Drones, Rockets, and The Brain. Check them out.


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Stephanie Bearce is the creator of another great science comics series. Budding science fair enthusiasts will enjoy Explosive Experiments and Disaster Discoveries. The truth is always stranger than fiction!


Support Independent Bookstores - Visit The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer  by Sydney Padua

A bit of a departure from our normal middle-grade focus, this informative and fun young adult graphic novel includes tons of primary information as it explores the lives of Ada Lovelace and inventor Charles Babbage. It was too good to pass up!


Plus, we wanted to share a few fiction titles that pair well with the above nonfiction science comics:

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

We featured the Monsters and Modules installment of this series back in June, but there are lots of other (alliterative) titles to consider.  Potions and Parameters. Paths and Portals. Robots and Repeats. Secrets and Sequences. The combination of logic puzzles, basic coding instruction, and mysteries is perfect for budding STEM wizards.


Support Independent Bookstores - Visit Support Independent Bookstores - Visit Support Independent Bookstores - Visit Lowriders in SpaceLowriders to the Center of the Earth; and Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Raul the Third

Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working on cars, specifically lowriders. Sketched in pen-and-ink, the stories are chock full of science facts and several Spanish words/phrases. These titles will entertain as they inform.



Graphic Novel Lineup for Middle Grade

After the success of graphic novels, such as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, publishers responded with other series geared toward younger readers. During last week’s visit to an elementary school, I spotted kids with their noses buried in Wimpy Kid and Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate books. so I’ve listed some recent graphic novel releases to whet young readers’ appetites.


The latest books in these two series include Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School and Big Nate Blasts Off.

When his town decides to unplug the electronics, Greg Heffley isn’t sure he’ll survive. Adding to that, his problems at school and home give him a heap of trouble.



Nate has a crush on Ruby, but that makes Randy, the school bully, upset. While Nate struggles to deal with Randy, he faces problems at his house and the Mud Bowl annual frisbee tournament.


Award-winning graphic novels published since late 2015 include:

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet by Ian Lendler


When the zoo closes at night, the animals come out of their cages to put on dramatic retellings of famous plays. Part of a series that includes Macbeth, these books cleverly hit the important points of Shakespeare’s stories in a unique way, simplifying them and adding touches of humor that will keep kids giggling while they’re learning.


Illustrated by Zack Giallongohenrietta

Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers

Using her colored pencils, Henrietta draws pictures of a brave girl’s encounter with a three-headed monster.


MirkaHereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch

The tagline “Yet Another 11-Year-Old Time-Traveling Orthodox Jewish Babysitter” is the first introduction to the humorous story within. In this installment, Mirka battles an angry, magical fish that has a connection to Mirka’s stepmother. Part of the Hereville series that includes How Mirka Got Her Sword and How Mirka Met a Meteorite.

Two Junior Library Guild selections to watch for this summer:

Rutabaga, the Adventure Chef: Feasts of Fury by Eric Colossalruta

In Book 2 of this series, Rutabaga and Pot encounter giant killer spiders and a gang of hungry gubblins. Are their wits and cooking skills enough to save them? Coming July 2016

toonDinosaurs in Space: Out of This World! By Pranas T. Naujokaitis

Inhabitants of Planet Meatball and Planet Lettuce travel to Planet Earth. Another space dinosaur story in the Balloon Toons series. Releases August 2016.


For previous lineups of graphic novels, check out posts by Brian Kell and Yolanda Ridge.


A former teacher and librarian, Laurie J. Edwards is the author of more than 2200 articles and 30 books in print or forthcoming under several pen names. As Erin Johnson, she writes the WANTED series, set in the Wild West. Reviewers called her heroine, Grace, the “Katniss of the Wild West.” Visit Laurie at