Social Justice Graphic Novels

Posted on February 22, 2021

by Jenny Minich

What do teens REALLY care about? Increasingly, teens are interested and involved in activism and social justice work. They are growing up in a time of Gretas and Malalas when youth activists are gaining big results and in some cases first-name worldwide recognition. They are a generation committed to addressing social justice issues and effecting change.


Social Justice Graphic Novels is a new website created by a group of librarians and funded by a grant through the American Library Association (ALA). The titles listed on the site explore social justice issues including racism, gender, the environment, mental health, and more. In addition to the lists of graphic novels (by title and topic), the site includes lesson plans and resources for librarians, teachers, and parents. The organizers drew on work by We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and ALA awards to select the titles. A graphic novel is a complete story that is driven by illustrations and has minimal text. Teens are the intended audience for the graphic novels included on this website. 


Click on the books below to check out one of the recommended titles from LPCPL:


American Born Chinese

As the Crow Flies

Banned Book Club

Escape From Syria

Hey, Kiddo

March Trilogy Book One

March Trilogy Book Two

March Trilogy Book Three

This project is aligned with professional standards of the following associations:

  • American Association of School Librarians
  • Common Core State Standards Initiative
  • Young Adult Library Services Association
  • International Association of School Librarians
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions- School Library Guidelines.
Jenny Minich

Jenny Minich

Jenny stays up-to-date on the newest tech for kids and teachers, and her favorite days at work are STEAM Camp days. She likes all the stuff your grandma probably likes – genealogy, DIY, and Midwestern resourcefulness. Jenny lives on a farm with her husband, their 2 teenage children, and an unofficial petting zoo.
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