Book Scouts: “Avatar: The Last Airbender” Read-Alikes

This month’s Book Scouts introduces children’s books in the vein of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. “Avatar” is a timeless epic. Its world- and character-building are still some of the best ever seen in a show developed for children. Looking back on it now, it was also well ahead of its time in terms of diversity and inclusion.

With a resurgence of interest in the show (thanks to its Netflix debut), many children (and adults!) are now discovering the series for the first time. If your child has fallen in love with the “Avatar” world and is looking for similar stories, we’ve got some titles that will satisfy their craving!

JCPL’s Jennifer Johnson highlights a few books in the video below. You can browse the list below the video for even more recommendations. These titles are geared toward kids ages 8-12, but they may also appeal to teens and adults who love the series. All these stories feature some combination of diverse characters, magic-infused worlds with heavy Eastern influences, Chosen One story arcs, or ragtag groups of heroes on a quest to save their worlds.

Click the titles below to browse the books and put them on hold for pickup at curbside. Call (423) 434-4458 for more information on any of these titles.



Graphic Novels

“Rutabaga the Adventure Chef” by Eric Colossal
“The Nameless City” by Faith Erin Hicks
“The Tea Dragon Society” by Katie O’Neill
“The Witch Boy” by Molly Ostertag
“5 Worlds” by Mark Siegel

 

Chapter Books

“The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill
“The Serpent’s Secret” by Sayantani DasGupta
“Voyage of the Frostheart” by Jamie Littler
“Wing & Claw” series by Linda Sue Park
“The Dragon Warrior” by Katie Zhao


If you need something new to read, let us know and we’ll help find books and authors that are perfect for you. Visit our website or call (423) 434-4450 for book recommendations and to place items on hold for curbside pickup. Follow Johnson City Public Library on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for updates on your Library’s collections and services.

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