Graphic Novels by Black Creators

Graphic novels remain an incredibly popular format among young readers. Their rich, vivid imagery supports reading comprehension. The text often includes challenging vocabulary. Reluctant readers can find them more approachable than high-word count books with dense text. But mostly, they’re just super cool! 

This Black History Month, check out these six graphic novels for kids, all by Black creators. 

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Black Heroes of the Wild West

This nonfiction graphic novel celebrates the extraordinary true tales of three Black historical figures in the Old West: Mary Fields, a cardplaying stagecoach driver; Bass Reeves, the first Black Deputy US Marshal west of the Mississippi; and Bob Lemmons, a cowboy famous for his ability to tame mustangs. Includes biographical information, a timeline, and historical photos. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby. 


After telling too many far-fetched tales, Nana Busumuru is sent to spend the summer with relatives in Ghana, where she must join forces with the trickster spider Ananse to prevent an evil corporation from stealing the magic in the village forest. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby. 

Miles Morales: Shock Waves

After a disastrous earthquake strikes his mother’s birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles Morales springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island. But when a new student’s father goes missing, Miles begins to make connections between the disappearance and a giant corporation sponsoring Miles.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby. 


For as long as she can remember, Sorceline has had a knack for the study of mythical creatures. Now a student at Professor Archibald Balzar’s prestigious school of cryptozoology, she’s eager to test her skills and earn a spot as one of Balzar’s apprentices.  

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby and as an eBook on Hoopla. 

Swim Team

Bree can’t wait for her first day at her new middle school until she’s stuck with a swimming class that forces her to face one of her greatest fears but luckily she has new neighbor, an elderly occupant of her apartment building and former swim team captain, who is willing to help Bree learn how to swim. 

Who Sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott?: Rosa Parks

From refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger to sparking civil rights protests across America, this graphic novel explores how Rosa Parks’s powerful act earned her the title “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”