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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 119 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 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

 

Pre-K through First Grade

Title

Publisher

ISBN

Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World Top Shelf Productions 9781603090131
Johnny Boo Does Something Top Shelf Productions 9781603090841   
Johnny Boo Zooms to the Moon Top Shelf Productions 9781603093491
Power Lunch: First Course Oni Press 9781934964705

 

     

 

Second Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

ISBN

Bravoman Volume 1: Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence! Udon Entertainment 9781926778938
Mermin Book One Oni Press 9781934964989
Michael Recycle and the Treetop Cops IDW Publishing 9781613771617
Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug IDW Publishing 9781600103926
Okie Dokie Donuts: Open for Business! Top Shelf Productions 9781603090681
Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken Top Shelf Productions 9781603090711
Scene But Not Heard Top Shelf Productions 9781603090896
Sketch Monsters Volume 1: Escape of the Scribbles Oni Press 9781934964699
Sketch Monsters Volume 2: The New Kid Oni Press 9781620100127

 

    G-Man: Cape Crisis    

 

Third Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

ISBN

Animal Planet: World's Most Dangerous Animals Zenescope Entertainment/Silver Dragon Books 9780982750735
Complete Alice In Wonderland Dynamite Entertainment 9781606900857  
Discovery Channel's Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Predators Zenescope Entertainment/Silver Dragon Books 9780982750742
Discovery Channel's Great White Sharks Zenescope Entertainment/Silver Dragon Books 9781937068394
Discovery Channel's Megalodon & Prehistoric Sharks Zenescope Entertainment/Silver Dragon Books 9781937068387
Discovery Channels Top 10 Deadliest Sharks Zenescope Entertainment/Silver Dragon Books 9780982750728
Finding Gossamyr Volume 1 Th3rd World Studios 9780983216162
First In Space Oni Press 9781932664645
G-Man: Cape Crisis Image Comics 9781607062714
Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch Top Shelf Productions 9781603090728
MANKIND: The Story of All of Us Volume 1 Zenescope Entertainment/Silver Dragon Books 9781937068684
MANKIND: The Story of All of Us Volume 2 Zenescope Entertainment/Silver Dragon Books 9781937068691
Salt Water Taffy: The Legend of Old Salty Oni Press 9781932664942
Xoc: The Journey of a Great White Oni Press 9781934964859

 

 Graphic Classics Vol. 19: Christmas Classics   Graphic Classics Vol. 20: Western Classics     

 

Fourth Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

ISBN

Around the World in 80 Days IDW Publishing 9781600103940
Graphic Classics Volume 9: Robert Louis Stevenson Eureka Productions 9780982563038
Graphic Classics Volume 19: Christmas Classics Eureka Productions 9780982563014
Graphic Classics Volume 20: Western Classics Eureka Productions 9780978791995
Graphic Classics Volume 21: Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery Eureka Productions 9780982563021
Graphic Classics Volume 23: Halloween Classics Eureka Productions 9780982563052
Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction Image Comics 9781632151018
The Last Unicorn IDW Publishing 9781600108518
Super Dinosaur Volume 1 Image Comics 9781607064206
Super Dinosaur Volume 2 Image Comics 9781607065685
Super Dinosaur Volume 3 Image Comics 9781607068433
Super Dinosaur Volume 4 Image Comics 9781607066675

 

   Little Adventures in Oz Vol. 1       Play Ball 

 

Fifth Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

ISBN

Crogan's Loyalty Oni Press 9781934964408
Crogan's March Oni Press 9781934964248
Crogan's Vengeance Oni Press 9781934964064
Graphic Classics Volume 11: O. Henry Eureka Productions 9780974664828
Graphic Classics Volume 12: Adventure Classics Eureka Productions 9780974664842
Little Adventures in Oz Volume 1 IDW Publishing 9781600105890
Mice Templar Volume 4.1: Legend Part 1 Image Comics 9781607068570
Play Ball Oni Press 9781934964798
Princeless Volume 1 Action Lab Entertainment 9781939352545

 

        Parade (With Fireworks)

 

Sixth Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

ISBN

Dim Sum Warriors Volume 1: Enter the Dumpling Yumcha Studios 9780988189904
Dim Sum Warriors Volume 2: Feast of Fury Yumcha Studios 9780988189928
Fractured Fables Image Comics 9781607062691
Graphic Classics Volume 2: Arthur Conan Doyle Eureka Productions 9780982563076
Graphic Classics Volume 3: H.G. Wells Eureka Productions 9781600105890
Graphic Classics Volume 4: H. P. Lovecraft Eureka Productions 9780974664897
Graphic Classics Volume 5: Jack London Eureka Productions 9780974664880
Graphic Classics Volume 8: Mark Twain Eureka Productions 9780978791926
Graphic Classics Volume 12: Adventure Classics Eureka Productions 9780974664842
Graphic Classics Volume 13: Rafael Sabatini Eureka Productions 9780974664866
Graphic Classics Volume 22: African-American Classics Eureka Productions 9780982563045
Graphic Classics Volume 24: Native American Classics Eureka Productions 9780982563069
Graphic Classics Volume 25: Canine/Feline Classics Eureka Productions 9780982563083
Lola: A Ghost Story Oni Press 9781934964330
Parade (With Fireworks) Image Comics 9781582409955
Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared Image Comics 9781632150554
Two-Fisted Science G.T. Labs 9780978803742

 

     

 

Seventh Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

ISBN

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn IDW Publishing 9781613770863
Bone Sharps, Cowboys, And Thunder Lizards G.T. Labs 9780966010664
Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists G.T. Labs 9780978803735
Fallout: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and The Political Science Of The Atomic Bomb G.T. Labs 9780966010633
Graphic Classics Volume 1: Edgar Allan Poe Eureka Productions 9780982563007
Graphic Classics Volume 6: Ambrose Bierce Eureka Productions 9780978791957
Graphic Classics Volume 10: Horror Classics Eureka Productions 9780974664811
Graphic Classics Volume 14: Gothic Classics Eureka Productions 9780978791902
Graphic Classics Volume 16: Oscar Wilde Eureka Productions 9780978791964
Graphic Classics Volume 17: Science Fiction Classics Eureka Productions 9780978791971
Graphic Classics Volume 18: Louisa May Alcott Eureka Productions 9780978791988
Krishna: A Journey Within Image Comics 9781607066538
March: Book One Top Shelf Productions 9781603093002
March: Book Two Top Shelf Productions 9781603094009
Pride & Prejudice Udon Entertainment 9781927925188

 

    I Kill Giants  

 

Ninth Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

ISBN

August Moon Top Shelf Productions 9781603090698
The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale IDW Publishing 9781600104657
The Dreamer Volume 2 IDW Publishing 9781613770313
The Dreamer, Volume 3: The Battle of Harlem Heights IDW Publishing 9781613778869
First Moon AiT/PlanetLar 9781932051476
Graphic Classics Volume 7: Bram Stoker Eureka Productions 9780978791919
Graphic Classics Volume 15: Fantasy Classics Eureka Productions 9780978791933
Hatter M Volume 1: The Looking Glass Wars Automatic Pictures Publishing 9780981873701
Hatter M Volume 2: Mad With Wonder Automatic Pictures Publishing 9780981873725
Hatter M Volume 3: The Nature of Wonder Automatic Pictures Publishing 9780981873756
Hatter M Volume 4: Zen of Wonder Automatic Pictures Publishing 9780981873787
I Kill Giants Image Comics 9781607060925
Les Miserables Udon Entertainment 9781927925188
Nevsky IDW Publishing 9781613771815
Northwest Passage: The Annotated Softcover Edition Oni Press 9781934964354
The Raven and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe IDW Publishing 9781600104824
Secret Battles of Genghis Khan IDW Publishing 9781613772836
Suspended In Language: Niels Bohrs Life, Discoveries, And The Century He Shaped G.T. Labs 9780978803728
Wire Mothers & Inanimate Arms: Harry Harlow And The Science Of Love G.T. Labs 9780978803711

 

Comic Book History of Comics     Capote in Kansas  

 

Tenth Grade and Up

Title

Publisher

ISBN

Age Of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships Image Comics 9781582402000
Age Of Bronze Volume 2: Sacrifice Image Comics 9781582403991
Age Of Bronze Volume 3: Betrayal Image Comics 9781582408453
Age Of Bronze Volume 3B: Betrayal Image Comics 9781607067580
Artful Daggers: Fifty Years Later IDW Publishing 9781613778852
Blankets Top Shelf Productions 9781891830433
The Bojeffries Saga Top Shelf Productions 9781603090636
Capote in Kansas Oni Press 9781934964873
Carnet De Voyage Top Shelf Productions 9781891830600
Code Word: Geronimo IDW Publishing 9781613770979
Comic Book History of Comics IDW Publishing 9781613771976
Harvey Pekar's Cleveland Top Shelf Productions 9781603090919
Kill Shakespeare Volume 1 IDW Publishing 9781600107818
Kill Shakespeare Volume 2 IDW Publishing 9781613770252
The Lovely Horrible Stuff Top Shelf Productions 9781603091527
Manifest Destiny Volume 1: Flora and Fauna Image Comics 9781607069829
Peter Panzerfaust Volume 1: The Great Escape Image Comics 9781607065821
Peter Panzerfaust Volume 2: Hooked Image Comics 9781607067283
Peter Panzerfaust Volume 3: The Cry of the Wolf Image Comics 9781607068648
The Underwater Welder Top Shelf Productions 9781603090742