The refugee experience is on a lot of teens minds these days. Many teens want to better understand the hardships that refugees face, and what leads to someone needing to flee their home. Here is a list of books for teens that explore a variety of conflicts, and the harrowing journeys that many have faced in hopes of a safer and more stable life.
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)
Evolution: the Story of Life on Earth by Jay Hosler, Kevin Cannon, and others (2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens)
Industrial Revolution (1800-1900)
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)
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) Continue reading History Comes Alive in Graphic Novels!