New Children’s Graphic Novel Spotlight – February 2022

By Isaac F.
February 1, 2022

At last, the new Baby-Sitters Club! Want to order it, or some of this month’s other Graphic Novel offerings? Click on the covers to go to our catalog and place holds. Want to get occasional new book spotlights in your inbox? Subscribe to the It’s Elementary Newsletter.

Just Roll With It / by Lee Durfey-Lavoie & Veronica Agarwal.

Maggie, who struggles with anxiety and OCD, gets through her first year of middle school by making friends, finding the best after-school clubs, and using her twenty-sided dice to help her make decisions.

Shirley & Jamila’s Big Fall / by Gillian Goerz.

As Jamila settles into the rhythms of classes and after-school basketball practice, Shirley has a new mystery on her mind. Her old enemy Chuck is up to his usual tricks- He’s been blackmailing kids all over school, and Shirley knows that she and Jamila can put a stop to it.

Baby-sitter’s Club 11: Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye / by Ann Martin & Gabriela Epstein

Stacey McGill is moving back to New York, and her friends must face the sadness of saying good-bye, hunt down the perfect farewell gift, and take on the difficult task of filling Stacey’s place in the Baby-sitters Club.

Baby-Sitters Little Sister #5: Karen’s School Picture / by Ann Martin & Katy Farina

Karen has to get glasses! She doesn’t want them, especially because school pictures are going to be taken soon. But she picks out some pretty pink ones and thinks she looks very grown-up.

Glam Prix Racers #2: Back on Track! / by Deanna Kent & Neil Hooson

It’s the second race of the Glam Prix Cup on Glittergear Island! This time the racers and their motos are off to Soft Swirl City, where they will have to navigate slippery candy tracks, collect glittergum power balls, and–most importantly–avoid getting caught by the Gummy Mummy!

Owly #4: A Time to Be Brave / by Andy Runton

There’s a new visitor to the forest, an opossum who’s misunderstood because of the way he looks. Can Owly and Wormy be brave and face their fears with just a little courage and a lot of friendship?

Tiny Tales: A Feast for Friends / by Steph Waldo

What’s better than a snack with friends? A snack surprise for friends, of course! When Snail spots a shiny crab apple high up in a tree, she can’t wait to share it with her pals . . . she just has to get it down first!

Pea, Bee, & Jay #4: Farm Feud / Brian Smitty Smith.

After a heated argument sends Pea and Bee on the hunt for new friends, Jay is stuck all alone. Can this trio figure out how to make up, or will this be the last of Pea, Bee, & Jay?

Blue, Barry, & Pancakes #3: Danger on Mount Choco / by Dan Abdo & Jason Patterson.

One day, Barry convinces Blue and Pancakes to enter an epic sundae-making contest. Blue and Pancakes just want to have fun, but Barry is in it to WIN IT. He knows exactly how he’s going to get the trophy, but it’s going to be dangerous. It’ll take sacrifice. He might even lose his pals along the way…

Avatar the Last Airbender, Water, Volume 1 / by Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko.

Based on the epic Nickelodeon series, this first book reveals how Aang emerges from a hundred years frozen in an iceberg to find the world is very different from the one he once knew.

Avatar the Last Airbender: Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy / by Faith Erin Hicks & Peter Wartman.

Things are looking bright at the Beifong Metalbending Academy! But after all the adventures Toph’s had with Aang, Sokka, Zuko, and Katara, the whole thing feels a bit dull. Luckily, Sokka and Suki come to visit and reintroduce some familiar faces from their wandering days.

My Weird School: Get a Grip! We’re on a Trip! / by Dan Gutman & Jim Paillot

A.J. and his friends have the chance to win a trip to Dizzyland–if they can finish 5,000 books first. Dr. Carbles, the evil president of the Board of Education, doesn’t think they can do it. But the Ella Mentry School kids are nothing if not determined! Will they achieve their theme park dreams? Or does Dr. Carbles have other plans for the school?

Who Sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott? Rosa Parks / by Insha Fitzpatrick & Abelle Hayford.

From refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger to sparking civil rights protests across America, explore how Rosa Parks’s powerful act earned her the title “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” A story of resistance, strength, and unwavering spirit, this graphic novel invites readers to immerse themselves in the life of the American Civil Rights leader.

Who Was the First Man on the Moon? Neil Armstrong / by Nathan Page & Drew Shannon.

From his childhood experiments to his first encounters with flight, explore the steps Neil Armstrong took in order to become the first person to land on the moon. A story of calculated risk, perseverance, and earth-defying reward, this graphic novel invites readers to immerse themselves in the life of the famous astronaut.

Who Was the Girl Warrior of France? Joan of Arc / by Sarah Winifred Searle & Maria Capelle.

Follow Joan of Arc on her journey to convince the Dauphin to let her lead the French army in the Battle of Orleans and win the Hundred Years’ War. A story of faith, courage, and determination, this graphic novel invites readers to immerse themselves in the life of the teenage French heroine.

Magic Mortal #1: The Dawn of Time / by Cara J. Stevens.

In a world where combat games are the key to survival, two rivals get accidentally sucked into a portal that brings them back in time to the very beginning of The End. There, they uncover the ancient secrets of an Enderman’s unusual behavior.

Zoo Patrol Squad #3: A New Sheriff in Town / by Brett Bean.

Fennlock Fox and Penny the Pig head to the Wild, Wild West! When a chatty chicken named Nugget makes it to the zoo to beg for help ridding his little Western town of a gang of feral cats, the Zoo Patrol Squad is on the case.

Otto: A Palindrama / by Jon Agee

A graphic novel told entirely in palindromes about a young boy named Otto who goes on a strange and fantastical adventure while searching for his dog, Pip.

More to explore!