International Fairy Day – June 24

Celebrate International Fairy Day with a graphic novel fairy tale. Whether they are heroes, villains, romantic partners, helpers, pranksters, or even monsters, fairies make for fascinating graphic novel subjects. Artists can use this visual medium for absolutely stunning world building and character designs. Whether you like fairies mild, mischievous, or genuinely monstrous, you can find the right graphic fairytale adventure for you at the San Jose Public Library.

Children's Graphic Novels about Fairies

Fairy Idol Kanon Vol. 1, book cover

Fairy Idol Kanon Vol. 1 by Mera Hakamada

Fairies gain strength from singing, but as popular music becomes more about what is trendy, and less about beautiful voices, the fairies are in trouble. Fairy Princess Alto recruits three school girls to save the fairies by singing beautifully. She promises to help the girls with their singing careers in exchange.

Cici a Fairy’s Tale, book cover

Cici a Fairy’s Tale by Cori Doerrfeld

Cici was struggling with trouble with her friends and her parents’ divorce when she found out from her grandmother that she is a fairy.  She did not know that magic runs in her family or even that magic exists, and now she has to learn how to live with magic, friendship drama, and her parents divorce.

Estranged, book cover

Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge

A changeling and a human child were switched at birth. Edmund lived in the World Above with his new human family, and the human child, known only as Childe, grew up in the fae palace. When a wicked sorceress steals the throne they must team up to save both of their worlds.

Artemis Fowl: the Graphic Novel, book cover

Artemis Fowl: the Graphic Novel by Michael Moreci

This is the story of a twelve-year-old evil genius and former billionaire, Artemis Fowl II. As the leader of his family's criminal empire, it is up to him to restore them to their former glory and fortune.  He and his faithful bodyguard Butler capture and attempt to ransom the captain of the Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance (LEPrecon) force, Holly Short.  If they succeed, they hope to gain one ton of gold, but antagonizing the Fairy People is never simple or safe.

The City on the Other Side, book cover

The City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott

When Isabel finds an injured Seelie fairy and is accidentally transported to the world of fairies, she accepts a dangerous mission to return a powerful necklace to the Seelie general. A war between the Seelie and Unseelie fairies threatens their world and ours. The general needs the necklace to give it to the daughter of the Seelie King. It is a powerful weapon only she can harness to defeat the leader of the Unseelie fairies.

The Sprite and the Gardener, book cover

The Sprite and the Gardener by Rii Abrego

Sprites used to tend the gardens with magic, but as humans took over gardening the sprites lost their skills. When Wysteria arrives in town and begins searching for answers, her new friends are skeptical.  But when she befriends a human gardener and tries to help the garden grow, she discovers something truly magical.

The Goblin King: Twisted Journeys #10, book cover

The Goblin King: Twisted Journeys #10 by Alaya Dawn Johnson

You are on a field trip when you suddenly find yourself transported to Fairyland where a battle rages between the Elves and the Goblins. In the Twisted Journeys series your choices control the story. Which side will you join? Can you make the right choices to find your way safely home?

Hilda and the Midnight Giant, book cover

Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson

Hilda and her mother get a series of tiny eviction notices from the elves in her neighborhood. Elves they can’t even see, until an elf named Alfur decides to try to be her friend and fills out all the necessary paperwork—the tiny, tiny paperwork. The popular comic that inspired the netflix series.

Teens' Graphic Novels about Fairies

The Ancient Magus' Bride: Jack Flash and the Faerie Case Files. Vol. 1, book cover

The Ancient Magus' Bride: Jack Flash and the Faerie Case Files. Vol. 1 by Yu Godai

Faerie born Jack Flash and her human born brother Larry are detectives specializing in crimes committed on the border between the human and faerie realms. They are hired to find a missing dragon’s egg. This is a spinoff from the series The Ancient Magus’ Bride.

Foiled, book cover

Foiled by Jane Yolen

When Aliera, a high school fencer, starts using a secondhand foil she does not realize is enchanted, she suddenly has the ability to see magic and must take on the role of the Defender of the Seelie realm. All that while still training in fencing and dealing with her crush on the new kid at school.  High school is hard.

The Good Neighbors: Kin, book cover

The Good Neighbors: Kin by Holly Black

After her mother’s mysterious disappearance, Rue starts seeing strange things, until she struggles to differentiate between the visions and reality. Then her father is accused of murdering one of his students, and her mother’s disappearance seems even more sinister. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, Rue discovers she is a faerie.

Life of Melody, book cover

Life of Melody by Mari Costa

A fairy godfather named Razzmatazz and a beast man name Bon find a human baby and fight over who gets to raise her.  They eventually agree to a compromise.  They'll rent a house together in the human realm and raise the baby human together.  They'll have to find a way to get along if they want to secure their daughter's fairytale ending.  If they can do that, they just might find their own happily ever after.

Nightmare in Savannah, book cover

Nightmare in Savannah by Lela Gwenn

Alexa moves to Savannah and befriends Fae, Chloe, and Skye at her new school. The group has a night of debauchery ending with them turning into fairies. They use their newfound powers to get back at everyone they hate in town, inflicting cruel curses tailored to torment each victim.  A recommended read for fans of The Craft: Legacy (2020).

Sparrowhawk, book cover

Sparrowhawk by Delilah S. Dawson

Artemesia is targeted by the fairy queen and pulled into another realm. In faerie, everything wants to kill her. The only way home is to become powerful, and to do that, she must kill. But what should she kill? The harmless, innocent things, like butter fairies, or the much bigger, murderous Unseelie? How far will she go to earn her wings?