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Here are my favorite graphic novels published within the last 10 years for grade schoolers:

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo
Written and illustrated by Drew Weing

Charles moves to Echo City to discover it's chock-full of monsters. He manages to track down Margo Maloo, monster investigator, who agrees to help him. Which is lucky because the trolls, ogres, and other monsters they encounter don't really seem to like Charles much...
The Dam Keeper series
Created by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

Lurking outside the walls of Sunrise Valley is a deathly fog, and Pig is the only one who can keep the city safe. But when the fog comes with an unexpected vengeance one day, Pig and two unlikely friends set out to save their home. One book in the series has published so far with the second scheduled for Summer 2018.
Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust
Written by Loic Dauvillier, illustrated by Marc Lizano, inked by Greg Salsedo, translated by Alexis Siegel

A grandmother tells the story of how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was protected and kept hidden from the Nazis –– who took her parents to concentrations camps –– by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep a stranger safe.
The Hilda series
Written and illustrated by Luke Pearson


Hilda is an adventurous girl who lives with her mother and a deerfox named Twig. The trio encounters everything magical, from trolls to giants to invisible people. Hands-down one of the best series out there right now. Five books have published in the series so far.
Hippopotamister
Written and illustrated by John Patrick Green


Hippo and his friend Red Panda decide to head out into the human world and learn that in order to survive –– and more importantly, blend in –– they have to become quite different than they are. They have to wear human clothes, learn human jobs, and act as human as possible. But is it worth all the disguises if they never gets to be themselves?
The Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy series
Written and illustrated by Doug Savage

Meet Laser Moose, defender of the forest, and his sidekick Rabbit Boy! This hilarious, upbeat duo battles everything from aliens to a cyborg porcupine to a mechanical squirrel to even a chickadee in order to keep the forest safe from evil. Two books have published in the series so far.
The Narwhal and Jelly series
Written and illustrated by Ben Clanton

Join Narwhal, a happy-go-lucky narwhal, and Jelly, no-nonsense jellyfish, as they discover the ocean together! These early "chapter" books are divided into three stories for three times the waffle fun. Two books have published in the series so far, with the third due out April 2018.
Where's Halmoni?
Written and illustrated by Julie Kim

Two young children set out to visit their grandmother and quickly find themselves on an unexpected journey through a fantastical world full of Korean folklore.
Wordplay
Written and illustrated by Ivan Brunetti

This early reader is a wonderfully hilarious introduction to compound words and proves how much there is to love about the English language.

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