Here are some I’ve been reading lately:
Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
After moving into the house of their great-grandfather, Emily and Navin discover amazing and frightening secrets that lead them to a dark adventure. This is a great new graphic novel series for the elementary set. There’s a strong female protagonist, lots of fast-moving action and rich visuals. Best for ages 8-12.
This shojo manga is very cute and full of tension (the good kind!) between the tallest girl in the class, Riza and the shortest boy in the class, Otaki. They develop a friendship as they both search for love. Will they eventually fall for each other? Read and find out! Best for ages 12 and up.
Aishiteruze Baby by Yoko Maki
I admit, I have no idea how to pronounce this title, but I still enjoy it! Another shojo manga, Baby centers around Kippei Katakura, the flirtiest ladies’ man at his high school. Kippei’s life is turned upside down when he becomes “mother” to his 5 year-old cousin Yuzuyu, whose real mother has abandoned her. Little Yuzu’s attachment to Kippei is both heartwarming and bittersweet. So, if you go for that kind of thing, I highly recommend Aishiteruze Baby. Best for ages 12 and up.