Age-Appropriate Guidelines

At LibraryPass, we believe that comic books, graphic novels, and manga offer an incredible opportunity to engage readers of all abilities and ages, and ComicsPlus is our unique gateway into that diverse and engaging world. We partner with a variety of publishers to curate a deep collection of titles that readers will enjoy, including well-known favorites and under-the-radar gems.

We also understand that providing age-appropriate materials is a primary concern for librarians, educators, and parents, and that appropriateness can often be a subjective judgement that’s different in every school and library system. We take that part of our curation process very seriously, following a specific set of guidelines to determine appropriate age ranges for every title we offer, and make them publicly available for maximum transparency.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, or how they’ve been applied to specific titles, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@librarypass.com.

K-3/Ages 5-7

  • Readers: Beginning and early readers in preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school; reluctant and remedial readers in elementary.
  • Format: Easy readers and picture books; comic books with simplified panel layouts, including comic strips.
  • Language: Simplified word balloons; no swearing.
  • Content: Story intensity, action, and violence should be similar to G-rated movies, reflecting age-appropriate experiences.
  • Educational value: Readers in this age range will benefit from content that supports school-readiness, including social-emotional skills such as self-control. Younger children will benefit from content that supports the transition to first grade, such as early reading and writing skills, basic math functions, and problem-solving. Stories should expose them to diverse experiences; encourage them to think about other people’s lives; or teach them about different times and places.
  • ComicsPlus Package(s): Elementary/Children’s & Kids
  • Key Titles in ComicsPlus: Big Nate, Garfield, Sonic the Hedgehog, My Little Pony, Geronimo Stilton, Peanuts, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Disney Princesses

Gr 3-5/Ages 8-10

  • Readers: Elementary school age readers; reluctant and remedial readers in elementary through early middle school.
  • Format: Regular comic books and manga with simplified panel layouts, including comic strips.
  • Language: While some readers in this range can handle mild profanity, particularly in a humorous context, every family has different rules about swearing, so a very conservative approach is required at this level.
  • Content: Story intensity, action, and violence should be similar to PG-rated movies, reflecting age-appropriate experiences. Romantic relationships and scenes of affection between partners (hugging, holding hands) are age-appropriate; emphasizing beauty, hypersexualized appearances, sexual behaviors, and stereotyped sexual roles is not age-appropriate. Drinking, drugs, smoking, and risky stunts aren’t age-appropriate.
  • Educational value: Readers in this age range will benefit from content that supports school-readiness, including social-emotional skills such as self-control. Older children are often reading for pleasure, so stories can build on school lessons from a full range of subjects, including history and science. Stories should expose them to diverse experiences; encourage them to think about other people’s lives; or teach them about different times and places.
  • ComicsPlus Package(s)Elementary/Children’s & KidsMiddle School/Kids & Teen
  • Key Titles in ComicsPlus: Bone, Disney Descendants, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra

Gr 6-8/Ages 11-14

  • Readers: Active readers in upper elementary and middle school; reluctant and remedial readers in high school.
  • Format: Comic books, manga, hybrid prose/comics; more sophisticated panel layouts.
  • Language: Mild profanity is age-appropriate in small doses, but every family has different rules about swearing, so a conservative approach is advisable.
  • Content: Action and violence similar to a Star Wars movie, scare factor similar to a Harry Potter movie; basically light PG-13. At this age, readers can grapple with historical contexts of violence, including violence experienced by particular social groups. Humor on the slightly naughty and gross side, and mild potty humor are age-appropriate. Kissing and dating are age-appropriate; partial or full nudity and simulated sex are not age-appropriate. Disrespectful portrayals of characters as sexual objects or as sexual aggressors are not age-appropriate, nor is humor that relies on these themes.
  • Educational value: These readers are often reading for pleasure, so stories can build on school lessons from a full range of subjects, including history and science, and can expose them to diverse experiences, encourage them to think about other people’s lives, or teach them about different times and places.
  • ComicsPlus Package(s)Middle School/Kids & Teen; High School/Teen & Young Adult
  • Key Titles in ComicsPlus:  March, They Called Us Enemy, Adventure Time, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Archie Comics, Bone, Mail Order Ninja, The Legend of Zelda, Locke & Key, Stranger Things

Gr 9-12/Ages 15-18

  • Readers: Active teenage readers in upper middle and high school; reluctant and remedial adult readers.
  • Format: All.
  • Language: Every family has different rules about swearing, so a conservative approach is always preferable; similar to the average PG-13 movie.
  • Content: Minimal violence; some blood, but no explicit, gratuitous, or excessive gore; similar to the average PG-13 movie. Some might have some nonsexual, partial nudity, or sexually suggestive content, but nothing graphically portrayed. Some humor depending on sexual innuendo is age-appropriate, but disrespectful portrayals of characters as sexual objects or as sexual aggressors are not age-appropriate, nor is humor that relies on these themes. Pairing sex and violence is not age-appropriate.
  • Educational value: Teenagers can glean educational value from less obvious lessons, and understand that negative situations can be educational, especially in a historical context. It’s important for teens to become global citizens and learning how other societies behave is a critical 21st-century skill. Stories can build on school lessons from a full range of subjects, including history and science, and can expose them to diverse experiences, encourage them to think about other people’s lives, or teach them about different times and places.
  • ComicsPlus Package(s)High School/Teen & Young Adult
  • Key Titles in ComicsPlus: Invisible Kingdom, LaGuardia, Snow, Glass, Apples, Stranger Things Locke & Key, American Gods, Archie Comics, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, March, They Called Us Enemy