#2015ComicBookRenaissance: BookKids’s Top 10 Best-Selling Graphic Novels for June 2015

So, not be overshadowed by their older sibling, The Kids and Teen Graphic Novel sections want you to know that they themselves are also experiencing a comic book renaissance. So just as we did last week, here are the top 10 bestsellers for June 2015. ENJOY!

– Joe T.


BookKids Top 10 Bestselling Kids & Teen Graphic Novels For June 2015

1.   Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. In her graphic novel debut, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power
“Fun and smart, Jamieson tackles some tough topics–lying to your mom, friends drifting apart, bullies–to great success. Roller Girl is exciting and colorful, and a great summer read.”   – Demi

2.   El Deafo by Cece Bell & David Lasky

A 2015 Newbery Honor Book. Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir.
“What I like about this memoir is that it doesn’t focus entirely on Cece’s hearing loss, but rather incorporates it into the universal story of growing up, making friends, being different, being yourself, and how scary all of that can be. The humor and emotion of the text play very well with the colorful artwork. This is a great selection for fans of the Raina Telgemeier graphic novels that also deal with childhood woes such as braces, outgrowing friendships, first crushes, and fitting in.”   – Ellen

3.   Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier, the New York Times bestselling author of the Eisner Award winner, SMILE, brings us brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!
“I was a theater kid all through elementary, middle, and high school. This fun graphic novel captures perfectly all that goes into putting on a show – fun, hard work, and, of course, all the drama on and off stage! I loved it!”   – Ellen

4.   Smile by Raina Telgemeier & Stephanie Yue

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.

5.   Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre & Rafael Rosado

Scrappy Claudette sets out once again with her pal Marie and her little brother Gaston to right wrongs and fight evil. And this time, it’s personal. Funny, fast, high-energy storytelling in an inventive and perilous fantasy landscape makes Dragons Beware a fantastic follow-up to 2012’s middle-grade hit Giants Beware.

6.   Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale, the author’s historical namesake, was America’s first spy, a Revolutionary War hero who famously said I regret that I have but one life to give for my country before being hanged by the British. In the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, author Nathan Hale channels his namesake to present history’s roughest, toughest, and craziest stories in the graphic novel format. Author Hale highlights the unusual, gruesome, and just plain unbelievable truth of historical Nathan Hale from his early unlucky days at Yale to his later unlucky days as an officer and America during the Revolutionary War.

7.   Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood 

World War I set the tone for the 20th century and introduced a new type of warfare: global, mechanical, and brutal. Nathan Hale has gathered some of the most fascinating true-life tales from the war and given them his inimitable Hazardous Tales twist. Easy to understand, funny, informative, and lively, this series is the best way to be introduced to some of the most well-known battles (and little-known secrets) of the infamous war.

8.   Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.” Nemeses, Dragons, Science, Symbolism, all these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.
“Noelle Stevenson’s fantasy adventure has it all: sharks, swordfights, mad scientists, and more. I love her art style and Nimona’s tenacity!”   – Demi

9.   The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times-Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers.
“I LOVED the Zita books! Action! Adventure! Giant mice! Space travel! You’ll find all this and more inside the books about a girl named Zita!”   – Courtney

10.   Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a mission.



As someone who doesn’t normally read these books, I have to admit to being really curious about Nimona. Noelle Stevenson is doing an interesting spin upon Brian K. Vaughan’s Runaways book over at Marvel so I guess I should check out Nimona and her other title, Lumberjanes.   -Joe T.


3 thoughts on “#2015ComicBookRenaissance: BookKids’s Top 10 Best-Selling Graphic Novels for June 2015

  1. El Deafo is fantastic. I saw it in the bookstore, bought a copy as a gift (making sure to read it) and another copy for my hometown library. It’s a great book. A simple read, but actually quite deep.

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