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21st Century Kids: Discover the Classics With Graphic Novels

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Girl reads a graphic novel while having a grilled ham and cheese sandwich
“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”―Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The idea of adapting classic stories into a graphic novel format is intriguing. Moreover, classic books are listed on required reading book lists and are a staple of libraries. Therefore, it’s not unusual for readers to have familiarity prior to exploring alternative formats. This familiarity adds to the fun when reading a classic story in graphic novel format. Here is a list of time-tested tales accompanied by quotes from the original novels.


Discover the Classics With Graphic Novels


"Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself."—Mrs-Whatsit, A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
Larson, Hope

“True friends are always together in spirit”—L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel
Marsden, Mariah

“We gained control of many things, but we had to let go of others.”—Lowis Lowry, The Giver

The Giver: A Graphic Novel
Russell, P. Craig

“Nothing stands still, except in our memory”—Philippa Pearce, Tom’s Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden: A Graphic Adaptation
Edith (Artist)

“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't you think?”―Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Shanower, Eric

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”―Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel
Terciero, Rey

“It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”―Roald Dahl, The Witches

The Witches
Dahl, Roald

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”―Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
Espinosa, Rod

“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”―Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid
Metaphrog


 

 

 

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