Graphic Novels Core Collection (1st ed) is part of a series of collection development guides for librarians published by EBSCO. This collection has been curated since 2007 online but until this 2016 edition was never available in print. The titles are selected by a group of participating librarians. The collection excludes non-English language titles but does include English translations (such as manga).

The guide is most useful for public librarians or those academic librarians servicing a major institution with a massive endowment – so not me. That’s why I have spent the past 6 months trying to get a copy via ILL and I finally succeeded! In the brief time I have had to pour over it, I decided it would be helpful to look at the index and pull out a list of titles that fit under “graphic medicine”. I will say that I am a little disappointed with the inclusions – they are sparse by comparison to other lists (such as this one). Maybe more will be included in the next edition! [That said, I did discover some new titles!]

I’ve organized the list by index heading (they use Dewey), included links to Goodreads pages for titles that may be hard to find by title alone, and kept with the Core Collection‘s system of indicating grade level. These are approximations and were provided by the librarians – I make no claim as to their accuracy or appropriateness. I excluded categories that were of questionable relevance. The Core Colletion itself also includes annotations for each title, author information, exact Dewey numbers, and a great deal more information that is NOT included here. That information is copyrighted, so if you want it, you’ll have to track down a copy of the book.

All that said, here’s the listings – what you might say are the most likely graphic medicine relevant titles to appear in your local public library.


Access to Healthcare

Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works [Adult]

Adaptation (Biology)

A Journey Into Adaptation with Max Axiom, Super Scientist [Children] [Middle School]

Administration of Criminal Justice – United States

Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling [High School] [Adult]

Adoption

Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 1: 1921-1922 [Adult]

Aging Parents

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? [Adult]

Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir [Adult]

Agriculture – Research

Food Fight: A Graphic Guide Adventure [Children] [Middle School]

AIDS (Disease) – Activists

Pedro & Me: Friendship, Loss, & What I Learned [Middle School] [High School]

Alienation (Social Psychology) – Fiction

Jane, the Fox, and Me [Middle School] [High School]

Alzheimer’s Disease

Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me [Adult]

Amnesia – Fiction

Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy [Middle School] [High School]

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth [Children]

Androgyny – Fiction

A + E 4ever [Adult]

Animal Experimentation

WE 3 [High School] [Adult]

Monster Turkey [Children]

First in Space [Children] [Middle School]

Anxiety

The Hospital Suite [Adult]

Autism

With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child [High School] [Adult]

Bacteria

Understanding Viruses with Max Axiom, Super Scientist [Children] [Middle School]

Bereavement

That Salty Air [High School] [Adult]

Biochemistry

The Manga Guide to Biochemistry [High School] [Adult]

Birth Control

Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story [Adult]

Blind

Skateboard Sonar [Children] [Middle School]

Brain

The Brain: A Graphic Novel Tour [Children] [Middle School]

Breast Cancer

The Story of My Tits [Adult]

Cancer Vixen: A True Story [High School] [Adult]

Cancer

Our Cancer Year [Adult]

Mom’s Cancer [High School] [Adult]

Stitches: A Memoir [High School] [Adult]

When David Lost His Voice [Adult]

Cancer – Patients – Family Relationships

When David Lost His Voice [Adult]

Cancer – Personal Narratives

Our Cancer Year [Adult]

Cancer Patients – Fiction

When David Lost His Voice [Adult]

Cannibalism

Chew, Volume One: Taster’s Choice [High School] [Adult]

Child Sexual Abuse

Why I Killed Peter [High School] [Adult]

The Tale of One Bad Rat [High School] [Adult]

Child Soldiers

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used In War [Children] [Middle School]

Children and Death

Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir [Adult]

Children and War

I Remember Beirut [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

Children and War – Fiction

A Bag of Marbles [Middle School] [High School]

Children with Physical Disabilities

Superior [Adult]

Civil Rights Movements

March Trilogy [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

Climate Change

Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through the Science [Adult]

Cloning – Fiction

Punk Rock Jesus [Adult]

Communicable Diseases – Fiction

Black Hole [High School] [Adult]

Cost and Standard of Living

Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (And Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures [High School] [Adult]

Deaf Children

El Deafo [Children] [Middle School]

A Silent Voice, Volume 1 [Middle School] [High School]

Death

Pretty Deadly, Volume 1: The Shrike [High School] [Adult]

The Sandman: Overture [Adult]

Ballad of a Shinigami, Volume 1 [High School]

The Clarence Principle [High School] [Adult]

Captain Long Ears [Children] [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

Last Days of an Immortal [Adult]

Death – Fiction

The Motherless Oven [High School]

East of West, Volume 2: We Are All One [Adult]

The Sculptor [Adult]

Dentistry

Smile [Children] [Middle School]

Depression (Psychology)

Russian Olive to Red King [Adult]

The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln [High School] [Adult]

Diabetes – Fiction

Joe the Barbarian [High School] [Adult]

Digestion

A Journey Through the Digestive System with Max Axiom, Super Scientist [Children] [Middle School]

Ecology

Exploring Ecosystems with Max Axiom, Super Scientist [Children] [Middle School]

Economics

Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (And Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures [High School] [Adult]

Parecomic: The Story of Michael Albert and Participatory Economics [Adult]

Emotions

How to be Happy [Adult]

Epidemics – Fiction

Sweet Tooth, Volume 6: Wild Game [Adult]

Epilepsy

Epileptic [High School] [Adult]

What’s Up with Bill?: Medikidz Explain Epilepsy [Children] [Middle School] [High School]

Ethics

In Real Life [Middle School] [High School]

Introducing Ethics [High School] [Adult]

Evolution

Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution [Children] [Middle School] [High School]

Darwin A Graphic Biography [Children] [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

The Sandwalk Adventures: An Adventure in Evolution Told in Five Chapters [Children] [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth [High School] [Adult]

Evolution (Biology)

Darwin A Graphic Biography [Children] [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth [High School] [Adult]

Eye

The Eyes: A Graphic Novel Tour [Children] [Middle School]

Family Planning Advocates

A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman [High School] [Adult]

Food

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen [High School] [Adult]

Torkio, Volume 1 [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

Food – Social Aspects

Get Jiro! [Adult]

Food Allergy – Fiction

Peanut [Middle School] [High School]

Gender Identity

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

Wandering Son, Volume 4 [Middle School] [High School]

Gender Role

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

Wandering Son, Volume 4 [Middle School] [High School]

Gender Role – Fiction

Ranma 1/2 [High School] [Adult]

Genetics

Introducing Genetics [High School] [Adult]

The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA [High School] [Adult]

Genocide

Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda [High School] [Adult]

Graphic Medicine

Psychiatric Tales: 11 Graphic Stories about Mental Illness [Adult]

Grief

Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir [Adult]

Grief – Fiction

Russian Olive to Red King [Adult]

Guilt

The Tell-Tale Heart [Middle School]

Hallucinations and Illusions

Sugar Skull [Adult]

Hallucinations and Illusions – Fiction

Joe the Barbarian [High School] [Adult]

Happiness

How to be Happy [Adult]

Health Care Reform – United States

Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works [Adult]

Hearing Aids for Children

El Deafo [Children] [Middle School]

Heart

The Heart: A Graphic Novel Tour [Children] [Middle School]

Holocaust Survivors

Letting It Go [Adult]

The Boxer: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft [Adult]

MetaMaus [High School] [Adult]

Holocaust Survivors – Fiction

The Search [Children] [Middle School] [High School]

Holocaust, 1933 – 1945

A Family Secret [Middle School] [High School]

We Are on Our Own: A Memoir [High School] [Adult]

April 10. 1943: A Story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising [High School] [Adult]

Lily Renee, Escape Artist [Children] [Middle School]

The Search [Children] [Middle School] [High School]

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

MetaMaus [High School] [Adult]

Holocaust, 1939 – 1945

A Bag of Marbles [Middle School] [High School]

Human Anatomy – Juvenile Literature

Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue [Children] [Middle School]

Identity (Psychology)

Susceptible [High School]

One Soul [High School] [Adult]

Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir [Adult]

Killing and Dying [Adult]

Identity (Psychology) – Fiction

Not My Bag [Adult]

Influenza 

The 1918 Flue Pandemic [Children] [Middle School] [High School]

Insurance Investigators

Master Keaton [Adult]

Kidneys

The Kidneys: A Graphic Novel Tour [Children] [Middle School]

Liver

The Liver: A Graphic Novel Tour [Children] [Middle School]

Lungs

The Lungs: A Graphic Novel Tour [Children] [Middle School]

Manic-Depressive Illness

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir [Adult]

Medical Care 

Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works [Adult]

Medical Care – Costs

Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works [Adult]

Medical Care – United States

Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works [Adult]

Medical Policy – United States

Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works [Adult]

Medical Practice

Black Jack, Volume 1 [High School] [Adult]

Meditation – Fiction 

The Nao of Brown [Adult]

Memory – Fiction 

Violent Cases: Words & Pictures [Adult]

In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way [Adult]

The Property [Adult]

Mental Health Services – Fiction 

Psychiatric Tales: 11 Graphic Stories about Mental Illness [Adult]

Mental Illness 

Tales of Ordinary Madness [High School] [Adult]

Psychiatric Tales: 11 Graphic Stories about Mental Illness [Adult]

Mother, Come Home [High School] [Adult]

Unholy Kinship [High School] [Adult]

Swallow Me Whole [High School] [Adult]

Mental Illness – Fiction 

Dark Graphic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe [Children]

Mentally Handicapped Children

Hello, Me Pretty [High School] [Adult]

Mentally Ill – Fiction 

Batwoman: Elegy [Adult]

Multiple Personality 

The Scribbler: Unzip Your Head [High School] [Adult]

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

The Hospital Suite [Adult]

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Fiction

The Nao of Brown [Adult]

Parenting 

User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting [Adult]

Patients

The Hospital Suite [Adult]

Peanut Allergy

Peanut [Middle School] [High School]

People with Disabilities 

Skateboard Sonar [Children] [Middle School]

Physicians – Fiction 

Monster, Volume 1 [High School] [Adult]

The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James [Adult]

Plastic Surgery 

Uglies: Shay’s Story [Middle School] [High School]

Pseudoscience 

How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial [Adult]

Psychologists

Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love [High School] [Adult]

Puberty

Wandering Son, Volume 1 [Middle School] [High School]

Retirement Communities 

Sunset City, For Active Senior Living [High School] [Adult]

Self-Confidence – Fiction 

The Bramble [Children]

Self-Esteem – Fiction 

In Clothes Called Fat [Adult]

Self-Help Techniques 

Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life [High School] [Adult]

Self-Improvement 

Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life [High School] [Adult]

Sex – Fiction

Sex Criminals, Volume 2 [Adult]

Sex Differences (Psychology) 

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

Sex Role 

The End Zone [Children]

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir [Middle School] [High School] [Adult]

Wandering Son, Volume 1 [Middle School] [High School]

Statistics 

The Cartoon Guide to Statistics [Adult]

The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics [Middle School] [High School]

Superheroes (Fictional Characters) – Psychology 

The Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorized Exploration [Adult]

Surgeons

Black Jack, Volume 1 [High School] [Adult]

Terminally Ill

Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow [Adult]

Transplantation of Organs, Tissues, Etc. – Fiction 

The Secret Mummy [Children] [Middle School]

Veterans

Alan’s War [High School] [Adult]

Viruses

Understanding Viruses with Max Axiom, Super Scientist [Children] [Middle School]

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