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Kids Comics Recs

For whatever reason, this is a question I get A LOT.  So I asked Milkfed Intern Sophie to put together a list we can use as a starting place and this is what she came up with!  Hope it’s helpful.  (Take the age ranges with a grain of salt – my kids loved BONE and they were 4 and 6 when we read it.)


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All Ages
Cartozia Tales, Isaac Cates, et al.
Leave It to Chance, James Robinson and Paul Smith

Young Readers
Herobear and the Kid, Mike Kunkel (3+)
Tippy and the Night Parade, Lilli Carre (4-8)
Dragon Puncher, James Kolchaka (4-8)
Owly, Andy Runton (5+)
Long Tail Kitty, Lark Pien (5-10)
Babymouse, Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (6+)
Fairy Tale Comics, ed. Chris Duffy (6+)
The Zoo Box, Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke (6-8)
The Kurdles, Robert Goodin (6-9)

Elementary Age
Teen Titans Go!, Various (7-10)
Tiny Titans, Art Baltazar and Franco (7-10)
Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson (8+)
Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge, Carl Barks/Don Rosa (8+)
Tintin, Herge (8+)
El Deafo. By Cece Bell (8-12)
The Lost Boy, Greg Ruth (8-12)
Meanwhile, Jason Shiga (8-12)
Mermin, Joey Weiser (8-12)
Princeless, Jeremy Whitley (8–12)
Robot Dreams, Sara Varon (8-12)
Smile, Raina Telgemeier (8-12)
Sisters, Raina Telgemeier (8-12)
Zita the Spacegirl, Ben Hatke (8-12)
Mouse Guard, David Petersen (9+)
Spera, Josh Tierney, et al. (9+)
The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Faith Erin Hicks (10+)
Bad Machinery, John Allison (10+)
Hildafold/Hilda and the Troll, Luke Pearson (10+)
Laika, Nick Abadzis (10+)
Lumberjanes, Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brook Allen (10+)
Bone, Jeff Smith (11+)

Tweens and Teens
American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang (12+)
Anya’s Ghost, Vera Brosgol (12+)
Battling Boy, Paul Pope (12+)
Ms Marvel, G. Willow Wilson, et al. (12+)
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (12+)
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas, Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks (12+)
Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey, Nick Bertozzi (12+)
This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (12+)