8 Educational Graphic Novel Series for Kids to Check Out

If your kid loves to read graphic novels, check out these 8 educational graphic novel series for kids that are perfect for your children’s learning journey!

Hey y’all, Tiffany here with a list of our favorite educational graphic novels for kids.

Our oldest loves to read, and one of her favorite books recently has been a graphic novel about Marie Curie. She reads it at least once a week!

She has asked for more books similar to it new school, and I thought I found a few, but they turned out to not be as good and beautiful as I would have liked. Which is a big reason why I homeschool the kids.

As you know, I’m also a bit of a TV snob and only let the kids watch educational shows. This also applies to their reading a bit. While I let them read a lot of fun books, I want them to be clean and wholesome.

To help my daughter, and to help any of my friends of yours who may want educational graphic novels for your kids, I’ve put together this list of my favorites that I have found.

And after your kids read these comic books too, they’re probably going to want to make their own! Use these free printable comic book templates to get them started.


Best Educational Graphic Novels Series for Kids

I hope this list helps you! You may also want to check out these chapter books for kids, too.

1. Show Me History!


Learn about amazing historical narratives in educational graphic novel format for kids with this brand-new series, Show Me History! Each title includes:

  • Full-color Illustrations
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Timeline of Events
  • Further Reading Materials

“Buckley blends historical context and intriguing biographical details (Earhart once drove across the country with her mother), creating an appealing introduction to this larger-than-life inspiration.”

Publishers Weekly

“The Show Me History series is a wonderful way to introduce iconic heroes and the history of their time to young readers. Each biography is presented in first graphic novel format, offering a great mix of action-packed, visual interest and fascinating facts. Kids will be engaged.”

NAPPA Awards Director Elena Epstein

2. Manga Literary Classics Series


The Manga Literary Classics Series by Y Kids is a little more difficult to find. But this is the series that our Marie Curie book is from, and the first book that caused my daughter to fall in love with reading educational graphic novels. Exploring this series opened up a whole new world of learning and enjoyment for her.

This educational graphic novel series has famous people in history, and it also has classic books such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in this format. It’s a fantastic way to introduce complex topics and literature to children in an engaging and accessible manner.

The best place to find this series is on Thriftbooks. This is actually where I get most of the books for our homeschooling! Thriftbooks offers affordable options for building your homeschooling library, making it easier to access educational resources for your children’s learning journey.

3. Survive! Inside the Human Body


Survive! Inside the Human Body begins an epic adventure journey through the human body with a look at the digestive system. This is a lively, full-color science educational graphic novel for kids that explores Phoebe’s insides after she accidentally swallows a microscopic ship. The only issue? Dr. Brain (the ship’s eccentric inventor) and Phoebe’s friend Geo were on board! As they navigate through the digestive system, they encounter thrilling challenges and dangers, keeping readers on the edge of their seats. With its realistic fiction elements and ridiculously fun storyline, this graphic novel captivates young readers and makes learning about the human body an exciting adventure.

Geo and Dr. Brain must avoid danger at every turn—like hazardous stomach acid and feeding parasites. (Ew!) Will they escape? You’ve got a front-row seat as they travel through Phoebe’s esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Along the way, readers learn fascinating facts about the human body’s processes and mechanisms, making science come alive excitingly and entertainingly.

Have you ever wondered… –How do antacids work? — How do our bodies break down food and absorb nutrients? — Why do we have sphincters? — How does the stomach protect itself from its acid? — How do doctors cure patients who have parasites living in their digestive systems? — Why do we have trillions of friendly microbes living inside of us? These questions and more are answered in an engaging and informative manner, making learning about the human body both fun and educational.

4. Cartoon Guide Series


Learn about math, science, history, and more with the Cartoon Guide series!

Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, and other big subjects for more than thirty years, ever since Blood from a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform appeared in 1977. He has been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and was a staff cartoonist for Muse magazine from 1998 to 2015.

Gonick’s unique approach to education through comics has earned him widespread acclaim, as his works continue to engage readers of all ages with complex topics in an accessible and entertaining manner. Through his innovative storytelling and illustrations, Gonick has made significant contributions to making learning enjoyable and memorable for generations of readers worldwide. His series stands out as some of the best graphic novels for teaching complex subjects in an engaging and accessible format.

5 . The Manga Guide Series


These Manga Guides are translations of a best-selling Japanese book series of educational graphic novels for kids. The series includes a wide range of topics, from mathematics and physics to biology and history, making them ideal for middle-grade readers. Each installment combines captivating storytelling with clear explanations and vibrant artwork, ensuring high-quality graphic novels that make complex subjects accessible and engaging for young readers.

With their popularity in Japan and now available in translation, these Manga Guides provide an invaluable resource for students seeking to deepen their understanding of various academic disciplines in an entertaining and visually compelling format. The series includes:

6. Graphic Science 4D


Travel through time and across the globe with these educational graphic novels for kids as Max Axiom explains how and why the world works the way it does!! Young readers’ curiosity about science will be thoroughly satiated in these Graphic Science 4D educational graphic novels for kids.

The topics, ranging from biology and chemistry to physics and engineering, are all presented in an engaging and accessible format for growing readers. With Max Axiom as their guide, children will embark on thrilling scientific adventures with the main characters and new friends that spark their imagination and inspire a lifelong love of learning. This graphic novel series for kids’ readers offers brilliantly illustrated educational content, captivating young minds with vibrant artwork that brings scientific concepts to life.

Download the free Capstone 4D app for an augmented reality experience that goes beyond the printed page. Immerse yourself in interactive content that brings key scientific concepts to life in exciting and innovative ways. Explore virtual labs, conduct experiments, and interact with 3D models to deepen your understanding of complex scientific principles. With a wealth of multimedia resources at your fingertips, learning science has never been more dynamic or engaging.

7. Howtoons


Follow Celine and Tucker in these Howtoons educational graphic novels as they learn through play! Challenged to make something “other than trouble,” this brother-and-sister pair uses everyday objects to invent toys that readers can build. Combining comics and real-life science and engineering principles, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become active participants in the world around them. 

8. Saddleback Graphics Biographies


Fast-paced and easy-to-read, Saddleback Graphics Biographies are softcover 25-page educational graphic novels for kids that teach students about historical figures: those who led us into a new territory; pursued scientific discoveries; battled injustice and prejudice; and broke down creative and artistic barriers. These biographies offer a variety of rich primary and secondary source material to support teaching to the standards.

What sets these graphic novels apart is their seamless integration of educational content with captivating storytelling and vibrant illustrations. Each biography serves as a gateway to exploring history in an accessible and engaging format. By incorporating a mix of primary and secondary source material, these graphic novels provide educators with valuable resources to align with teaching standards and curriculum objectives.

Teachers can leverage these biographies to initiate classroom discussions, stimulate critical thinking, and foster a deeper understanding of key historical concepts among students. Through the power of visual storytelling, Saddleback Graphics Biographies offer young readers an immersive learning experience that brings history to life in an exciting and relatable manner.

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