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To help educators and librarians select materials to fit into their Common Core Standards curricula, Diamond Book Distributors have created the Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List.

Arranged by grade level, the Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List offers 97 graphic novels from our publishers that will fit into a Common Core curriculum, along with resources including Library Classifications, Subject Headings, and Core Standards which apply to each book. The list is intended both as an aide to educators and librarians and to show that Diamond supports the Common Core Standards as an effective tool to prepare students for the challenges in college and the workforce. The list was created by Diamond Book Distributors and library/education consultant Ellen Myrick, President of Myrick Marketing & Media.

"Diamond is a firm believer in graphic novels as legitimate teaching tools," says Kuo-Yu Liang, Diamond Book Distributors Vice President Sales and Marketing. "With the Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List, we hope to help educators and librarians get ahead of the curve of this new initiative, while enjoying some great stories and art."

"One of the keys to the Common Core State Standards is the attention given to a variety of text types. These can be great levelers in the classroom, especially effective for differentiated teaching," says Myrick. "Graphic novels are perfect for visual learners and 101 Graphic Novels for the Common Core Classroom provides teachers with tools to identify and utilize these compelling resources. Graphic novel experts and teachers suggested and selected the titles for inclusion, highlighting those titles that can be used as informational texts, those based on the literary canon, and award-winning, critically-acclaimed works."

Developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers-in collaboration with educators and experts- the Common Core Standards are designed to provide a clear, universal framework so that children across the country will be able to compete at the same level. The Common Core English Language Standards - which include the use of graphic novels - are available on the Common Core State Standards Initiative web site.

The list will be continually updated, with new titles and information coming in the weeks and months ahead.

Diamond has also created Pinterest pages, which offer easily navigable guides to the Graphic Novel Common Core List, arranged by grade levels:

Graphic Novels for the Common Core: Elementary

Graphic Novels for the Common Core: Middle School

Graphic Novels for the Common Core: High School


"As an advocate of comic books and graphic novels in K - 12 educational classroom settings, the Common Core Standards are the best news like-minded educators have ever received." – Dr. Katie Monnin, University of North Florida assistant professor of literacy and author of Teaching Graphic Novels.

 

 Check back with us as we continue to update our Common Core Standards Graphic Novel List with lesson plans, reading levels, and more. 

Click here to download the full list with Library Classifications, Subject Headings, and Core Standards


The list has been updated with twelve new titles, listed in bold below:

Pre-K through First Grade

Title

Publisher

That Darn Yarn Dark Horse Comics
Power Lunch: First Course Oni Press
Johnny Boo Does Something Top Shelf Productions

 

     

 

Second Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

The Wonderland Alphabet: Alice's Adventures Through the ABCs and What She Found There Archaia Entertainment
Michael Recycle and the Treetop Cops IDW Publishing
Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug IDW Publishing
Mermin Book One Oni Press
Sketch Monsters Volume 1: Escape of the Scribbles Oni Press
Sketch Monsters Volume 2: The New Kid Oni Press
Pirate Penguin Vs. Ninja Chicken Top Shelf Productions

 

     

 

Third Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

Age of Reptiles Omnibus Dark Horse Comics
The Mighty Skullboy Army Dark Horse Comics
The Mighty Skullboy Army Volume 2 Dark Horse Comics
Complete Alice In Wonderland HC Dynamite Entertainment
G-Man: Cape Crisis Image Comics
First In Space Oni Press
Salt Water Taffy: The Legend of Old Salty Oni Press
Xoc: The Journey of a Great White Oni Press
Discovery Channel's Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Predators Zenescope
Discovery Channel's Great White Sharks Zenescope
Discovery Channel's Top 10 Deadliest Sharks GN Zenescope
MANKIND: The Story of All of Us Volume 1 Zenescope
MANKIND: The Story of All of Us Volume 2 Zenescope

 

     

 

Fourth Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

Return of the Dapper Men Archaia Entertainment
Chimichanga Dark Horse Comics
The Courageous Princess Dark Horse Comics
Scary Godmother Dark Horse Comics
Uncle Silas: Genetis Dark Horse Comics
Graphic Classics Volume 19: Christmas Classics Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 20: Western Classics Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 21: Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 23: Halloween Classics Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 9: Robert Louis Stevenson (2nd Edition) Eureka Productions
The Last Unicorn IDW Publishing

 

     

 

Fifth Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse Archaia Entertainment
I'm Not a Plastic Bag Archaia Entertainment
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Archaia Entertainment
A Christmas Carol: The Night That Changed the Life of Eliza Scrooge Dark Horse Comics
Graphic Classics Volume 11: O. Henry Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 12: Adventure Classics Eureka Productions
Little Adventures in Oz Volume 1 IDW Publishing
Crogan's Loyalty Oni Press
Crogan's March Oni Press
Crogan's Vengeance Oni Press
Play Ball! Oni Press

 

     

 

Sixth Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

Fagin the Jew Dark Horse Comics
The Last Dragon Dark Horse Comics
Graphic Classics Volume 13: Rafael Sabatini Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 2: Arthur Conan Doyle - 2nd Edition Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 22: African-American Classics Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 4: H. P. Lovecraft - 2nd Edition Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 5: Jack London - 2nd Edition Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 8: Mark Twain - 2nd Edition Eureka Productions
Native American Classics Eureka Productions
Two-Fisted Science G.T. Labs
Fractured Fables Image Comics
Parade (With Fireworks) Image Comics

 

     

 

Seventh Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

The Adventures of Superhero Girl Dark Horse Comics
Graphic Classics Volume 1: Edgar Allan Poe Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 10: Horror Classics Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 14: Gothic Classics Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 16: Oscar Wilde Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 17: Science Fiction Classics Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 18: Louisa May Alcott Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 6: Ambrose Bierce Eureka Productions
Bone Sharps, Cowboys, And Thunder Lizards G.T. Labs
Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists G.T. Labs
Fallout: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and The Political Science Of The Atomic Bomb G.T. Labs
Levitation: Physics And Psychology In The Service Of Deception G.T. Labs
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn IDW Publishing
Krishna: A Journey Within Image Comics

 

     

 

Ninth Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

First Moon AiT/PlanetLar
Jim Henson's The Storyteller Archaia Entertainment
Hatter M Volume 1: The Looking Glass Wars Automatic Pictures
Hatter M Volume 2: Mad With Wonder Automatic Pictures
Hatter M Volume 3: The Nature of Wonder Automatic Pictures
Hatter M Volume 4: Zen of Wonder Automatic Pictures
The Adventures of Blanche Dark Horse Comics
Heart Transplant Dark Horse Comics
Graphic Classics Volume 7: Bram Stoker Eureka Productions
Graphic Classics Volume 15: Fantasy Classics Eureka Productions
Suspended In Language: Niels Bohrs Life, Discoveries, And The Century He Shaped G.T. Labs
Wire Mothers & Inanimate Arms: Harry Harlow And The Science Of Love G.T. Labs
Nevsky IDW Publishing
The Raven and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe IDW Publishing
Secret Battles of Genghis Khan IDW Publishing
I Kill Giants Image Comics
Northwest Passage: The Annotated Softcover Edition Oni Press
August Moon Top Shelf Productions
March (Book One) Top Shelf Productions

 

     

 

Tenth Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

An Elegy for Amelia Johnson Archaia Entertainment
Siegfried Volume 1 Archaia Entertainment
Siegfried Volume 2: The Valykrie Archaia Entertainment
300 Dark Horse Comics
Dotter of Her Father's Eyes Dark Horse Comics
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story Dark Horse Comics
The Tale of One Bad Rat Dark Horse Comics
Code Word: Geronimo IDW Publishing
Comic Book History of Comics IDW Publishing
Kill Shakespeare Volume 1 IDW Publishing
Kill Shakespeare Volume 2 IDW Publishing
Age Of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships Image Comics
Age Of Bronze Volume 2: Sacrifice Image Comics
Age Of Bronze Volume 3: Betrayal Image Comics
Capote in Kansas Oni Press
Blankets Top Shelf Productions
Carnet De Voyage Top Shelf Productions
Harvey Pekar's Cleveland Top Shelf Productions
The Lovely Horrible Stuff: My Book About Money Top Shelf Productions
Underwater Welder Top Shelf Productions