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History Comes Alive in Graphic Novels!

I am loving all the graphic novels that are being published that focus on moments in history.  They are not just doing a textbook coverage of historical events, but they are personalizing the events and making them more real to readers.  Maybe that is the benefit of reading a graphic novel?  Things seem more real when they are represented both by text and by art.  Check out some of the graphic novels below that will take you on a trip, back in time!

Ancient History/Pre-Industrial Revolution (up to 1800s)

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Evolution: the Story of Life on Earth by Jay Hosler, Kevin Cannon, and others (2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

Industrial Revolution (1800-1900)

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Around the World by Matt Phelan (2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam by Ann Marie Fleming (2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

American History (1700-1900)

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Lewis & Clark by Nick Bertozzi

One Dead Spy: the Life, Times, and Last Words of Nathan Hale, America’s Most Famous Spy by Nathan Hale (2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

The United States Constitution: a Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey, Aaron McConnell (2009 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

Gettysburg: the Graphic Novel by C.M. Butzer (2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

Grant vs. Lee: the Graphic History of the Civil War’s Greatest Rivals During the Last Year of the War by Wayne Vansant

Best Shot in the West: the Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack Jr., Randy DuBurke

Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale (2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

Houdini: the Handcuff King by Jason Lutes, Nick Bertozzi (2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

World War I (1914-1918) through the 1920s

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Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy (2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

World War One: 1914-1918: the War to End All Wars written by Alan Cowsill, Lalit Kumar Sharma

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, Caanan White

Big Jim: Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout by Rory McConville, Paddy Lynch

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi (2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

The Great Depression (1930s)

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The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown (2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

World War II (1939-1945)

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The Boxer: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft by Reinhard Kleist (2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

Bombing Nazi Germany: the Graphic History of the Allied Air Campaign that Defeated Hitler in World War II by Wayne Vansant

Trinity: a Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

Showa: a History of Japan, 1926-1939Showa: a History of Japan, 1939-1944; and Showa: a History of Japan, 1944-1953 by Shigeru Mizuki

Post-Modern Era (1950-2000)

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The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, Nate Powell

March: Book 1 and Book 2 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

Malcolm X: a Graphic Biography by Andrew Helfer, Randy DuBurke (2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

The Warren Commission Report by Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colón, Jerzy Drozd

21: the Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago (2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

T-Minus: The Race to the Moon by Jim Ottaviani, Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon

The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert (2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 and Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis (2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

21st Century (2000-present)

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Pyongyang: a Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle (2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld (2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

The 9/11 Report by Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colon (2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)

–Colleen Seisser, currently reading The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

4 Comments

  1. I love to see new ways that inspire students’ interest in historical issues. It expands their knowledge beyond the 1 or 2 sentence blurbs in the history text books.

  2. Colleen Seisser Colleen Seisser

    Thanks Kathleen! I definitely agree!!

  3. Martha Cornog Martha Cornog

    Note also for the 21st Century: Occupy Comics (Black Mask Studios, 2014, http://www.occupycomics.com), art and stories inspired by Occupy Wall Street from 2011.

    • Colleen Seisser Colleen Seisser

      Thanks Martha! Great suggestion!!

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