Graphic Novels About Science | Book Riot

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Graphic novels are fun to read, but can they be used for school and learning? Yes! Graphic novels are a great addition to any subject in school. Not only do they appeal to reluctant readers, they also provide visual cues for those with learning or dyslexia, can be more accessible to English learners, help improve visual literacy, and can illustrate or express ideas in new ways.

I really enjoyed graphic novels and comics at first, but the more I read, the more I appreciate their application to subjects that are common in school. For science, this is especially useful when explaining complex reactions, if there is a lot of material to keep in mind about one thing, or if a particular topic doesn’t seem appealing. Graphic novels can make it more interesting, more intuitive, and therefore easier for some people to remember, which is especially useful in science.

If you’re looking for some graphic novels about science, look no further! I’ve put together a list of science-themed graphic novels to add to your collection. The next time your teacher starts a new unit, or if you want to learn more about scientists or science topics, why not check out one of these?

Hawking by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick

Sometimes a scientist’s biography can be… boring. The duo that brought you Feynman are back with this vivid biography of Stephen Hawking. In this book, Ottaviani and Myrick explain Hawking’s life and work in a fascinating way. They detail his work in cosmology and theoretical physics, as well as his contributions to popular culture and disability activists. It’s a detailed, nuanced look at complex graphics, and it’s fun to read.

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Body Theater: A Nonfiction Play by Maris Weeks

This graphic novel is more suitable for younger kids – although honestly anyone would find it informative and entertaining – but it’s at least not “fooled”. In this book, the reader will learn about every system of the body: the skeletal system, the endocrine system, the immune system, the reproductive system, and more. The graphics really bring science and terminology to life and are a real treat to read.

The Good Life of Elements: Lai Teng Wenping’s Personification of the Periodic Table of the Elements

In this book, Yorifuji reimagines the periodic table, where each element is a unique person and their properties are visualized. Clothes, the length of the beard – every detail of their appearance is important and part of the element. This way, knowing each character, you’ll get a more intuitive understanding of each element and possibly easier to remember more about it.

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Thunder and Lightning: Past, Present, and Future Weather by Lauren Redniss

The author/illustrator of Radioactive is back, this time with a book about the weather. In the face of the climate crisis, Redniss takes readers through the world, exploring different types of weather, the economic impact of weather events, our personal relationship to weather, and our global relationship to weather. Art, writing, thematic approach—all make this a unique and enjoyable read that makes you think about the weather in a whole new way.

The Science of Graphics: Seven Journeys of Discovery

The Science of Graphics: Seven Journeys of Discovery by Darryl Cunningham

We all know major famous scientists like Einstein and Darwin, but in this book, Cunningham looks at seven other scientists who made great contributions, but who may have been marginalized or less household names. Mary Anning, Antoine Lavoisier, George Washington Carver and Jocelyn Bell Burnell are among his subjects. He looks not only at the reasons why they may be marginalized or excluded, but also at the great things they do. It is highly educational but also very readable.

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Seen: Rachel Carson, Birdie Willis and Rii Abrego

Willis and Abrego bring to life the story of marine biologist Rachel Carson, whose conservation work still inspires people today. In this middle-grade graphic novel, readers see Carson’s deep interest in the natural world, how she deals with sexism, and her passion for protecting and saving the environment. That being said, it’s a bit of an understatement of the actual biographical details – so this book is probably best suited as a complement to another book on Carson, but it’s still worth adding to your resources.

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“Biochemical Manga Guide” by Masaharu Takemura, Kikuyaro, and Sawa Office

Do you like comics? Do you love science? You will love this book! Kumi loves to eat, but she’s a little concerned about her liking for junk food and its health effects. To find out more, she turned to her friend Keiji and his biochemistry professor Dr. Kurosaka. What follows is a journey with the endoscopic robot through the body and its machines, cells and DNA, metabolic processes and enzymes, and more – all through comics!

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Science Comics: Plague: Microscopic Battlefield Farin Koch

If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that we can probably all stand up to learn more about microscopic diseases and infections. This fun comic takes us through the biology of these diseases, immunity, and how science and technology can help us treat and control infections. The immune system and bacteria are presented incredibly visually and interestingly in this book, which is suitable for anyone to read, no matter your age.

If you’re interested in reading more graphic novels, check out this post on great graphic novels for beginners, and this post on YA books adapted into graphic novels.

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