Fats here.

Every Sunday, we share the books that have found their way into our shelves either from libraries, book shops – or simply landed into our mailboxes.

Poster done by Iphigene

For the next four weeks, I’ll be sharing books that celebrate our current theme, Fearless Females, Courageous Women. All featured books were borrowed from CLEVNET libraries, including the library where I currently work.

Today, I’m sharing a few graphic novels that have female characters in them. For more graphic novels that feature female characters, you may want to check out my post last year about A Reader’s Guide to Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga. Enjoy browsing!


Noemie in Gray Horses by Hope Larson
Josey and Tara in Mercury by Hope Larson


Dounia in Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier, Greg Salsedo, and Marc Lizano
Sunny in Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm


Anne in Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon
and Anne Frank (Graphic Biographies) by Elizabeth Hudson-Goff, Jonatha A. Brown, and Guus Floor


Liz in Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince
Marzi in Marzi: A Memoir by Marzena Sowa and Sylvain Savoia


Lisa in The Girl Who Owned a City by Dan Jolley, O.T. Nelson, and Joelle Jones
Delilah in Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff


Various females in No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom, and Adventure by Susan Hughes and Willow Dawson
All the Janes in The Plane Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg


Claudette in Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado


Have you read any of these graphic novels?
Do you know other graphic novels that feature women?

3 comments on “[BHE 204] Fearless Females in Graphic Novels

  1. We live Giants Beware! and Dragons Beware! (Can’t wait for the 3rd). It might be for the slightly younger crowd, but we also love Lunch Lady. Thanks so much for this list!


  2. Thanks for featuring our book NO GIRLS ALLOWED! You may be interested in watching this very cool video of Willow Dawson (illustrator extraordinaire) and I, author of NO GIRLS, as we discuss some of the themes in the graphic novel. It’ll show you some of the illustrations as well!


  3. Oh, do read Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Lumberjanes series if you haven’t already. They are chock-full of wonderfully fearless young women!


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