Recommended Books for Younger Readers: List # 1

          As mentioned in a previous post, I’ll be devoting some space from time to time for a continuing list of recommended books for younger readers.  With the help of the fellow BC Refugees, it should be a nice resource for anyone (me, for example) who wants to persuade younger readers to investigate the worlds of wonder available in the literary/visual medium of comics and graphic novels.

         The books listed here are not ranked or in order of quality or preference, but by alphabetical sequence to make things easy to follow.  I’m listing recommended ages (purely subjective on my part - - - every young reader, regardless of age,  has a different level of reading comprehension so choose according) as well as a credit to the person who suggested the book.  There are many other titles I could list here but I don’t want to include a book if I haven’t personally read it and verified it, and I would ask all contributors to follow the same guideline.  This is a work in progress.  You can submit future additions to the list here or via personal email to me.

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BATGIRL   (DC, current run)  10+ years (mike)

FEMALE FORCE    (Bluewater) 8+ years (mike)

MARVEL ADVENTURES books   (Avengers, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, etc.)  8+ years (brian)

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THE MUPPET SHOW   (Boom) 8+ years  (shane)

RUNAWAYS    (Marvel) 12+ years  (brian)

SHAZAM    (Dc, Jeff Smith run)  8+ years (jeff)

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG   (Archie)  6+ years  (shane)


TINY TITANS   (DC) 8+ years (jeff)

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ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN   (Marvel, current run)  10+ years  (mike)

WOLVERINE: FIRST CLASS   (Marvel)  10+ years  (jeff)


  1. This is a great idea--my only suggestion would be to expand it a bit, and include, for each book, a paragraph--or even just a few sentences--describing why this book is a good fit for younger readers, while still maintaining a strong quality. You could write it yourself, ask the person who recommended it to write one, or even take a quote from an already-posted review!

  2. I'm confused. Who is this list for? Are there young kids that read our blog? My son is 15 and couldn't care less about comics anymore. The same goes with his friends. We may be the last of a dying breed.

  3. There's definitely a younger generation discovering comics.

  4. Shane . . . . I like your suggestion. When I post the next update, I'll add some comments on the books and their merits. I'm also asking anyone who nominated a book to send their thoughts to me so I can include them. Dan says young kids don't read comics. Shane says a younger group is discovering them. I hope Shane is right - - I fear Dan is correct. I don't see young people in comics stores. That was the reason I wrote the "Youth Market" story awhile back. I think if we want the format to remain popular it will be up to the older mature readers to introduce comics to younger readers. And that brings us to the list above - - I wrote it for those of us who want more young readers to participate. Dan is also right in thinking that young kids aren't reading this blog. - - the list is ours if we want it.

  5. I can't really say anything as to the size of the next generation discovering comics, but there definitely is one. The Teen Titans cartoon show alone brought many people in--I know a lot of people who started buying comics because of that.

    The only thing is, no, you aren't going to see them in comic stores--not frequently, at least. Comic stores, and maybe even the standard, "Monthly book in your hand" format, probably won't be around forever--they're being "replaced" by other ideas. Book stores and digital distribution replace the former, collections replace the latter.

    Manga continues to remain incredibly popular, and that's a direct gateway to Western comics--especially with both mediums shelved right next to each other in bookstores. All it takes is a simple glance towards the other shelf, and "Oh hey, Batman, I really loved The Dark Knight, maybe I'll check out this story called Hush."

    It won't be the same, no, but I don't think that comic readers are a dying breed.


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