Nonfiction Graphic Novels for Teens

Genres: Non-fiction

The children’s department at my library has a nonfiction collection that is nearly as large as its fiction collection. Our adult department is similar. Our teen nonfiction, however, is a tiny portion of our overall teen collection. One of the ways that we can bridge the gap between the children’s department and the adult department is to make sure we are providing interesting and appealing nonfiction materials for our teens, and in many cases that means purchasing graphic novels. A nonfiction graphic novel can present information in a familiar, easily digestible format.  While many graphic novels are biographical in nature, there are other nonfiction topics covered in graphic novel form as well.

  • Backderf, Derf. My Friend Dahmer.
  • Backderf, Derf. Trashed.
  • Bennett, Marek. The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby.
  • Brown, Box. Tetris: the Games People Play.
  • Brown, Don. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans.
  • Dini, Paul. Dark Night: a True Batman Story.
  • Geary, Rick.  Black Dahlia (Treasury of XXth Century Murder).
  • Humphreys, Jessica. Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War.
  • Ito, Junji. Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu.
  • Knisley, Lucy. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen.  
  • Kurzweil, Amy. Flying Couch: a Graphic Memoir.  
  • Latta, Sara. Smash! Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe with the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Lee, Stan. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir. 
  • Lewis, John. March:  Book One. (also books 2 and 3)
  • McKay, Sharon. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel.
  • Mehta, Rave. The Inventor: The Story of Tesla
  • Ottaviani, Jim. The Imitation Game:  Alan Turing Decoded.
  • Ottaviani, Jim. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas.
  • Ross, Edward. Filmish:  a Graphic Journey Through Film.
  • Schwartz, Simon. The Other Side of the Wall.
  • Vansant, Wayne. Bombing Nazi Germany: The Graphic History of the Allied Air Campaign that Defeated Hitler in World War II. (This author covers several other aspects of this and other wars in other graphic novels as well.)
  • Zimmerman, Dwight: The Vietnam War: A Graphic History.

Are there other recent nonfiction graphic novels that are missing from this list? Which books keep flying off your shelves? Let us know in the comments!

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