Let Kids Read Graphic Novels!
I love helping kids find the books they want to read. There is so much excitement and enthusiasm when they find that new book from their favorite author or discover something just right. More often than not, its the graphic novel section they run to excited, jumping up and down as they discover a new Dog Man or new book from Raina Telegemeier.
As a Children's specialist, we often hear from parents that their kids love graphic novels, but that they are hoping to push them into a "real" book. As a parent myself, I get it, they devour these books in a flash. We want them to be reading, and are constantly reminded how important it is for their future success.
But, as a parent and bookseller, I'm here to say, let them read graphic novels! They are a gateway to reading for the reluctant reader, a book to relax with after a long day of concentrating at school and they grow future passionate readers. They can't wait for the next in their favorite series to come out and they share this enthusiasm with their friends. Kids talking about favorite books! Together! Often, there is a concern that it's not really reading, but, in fact, reading a graphic novel is a fantastic way to take in information and grows comprehension skills beyond the written word, combining art interpretation and the narrative voice.
This year's Newbery winner, New Kid, is the first ever graphic novel to receive this honor. I am so excited about the choice and am looking forward to more books in this expanding genre for young readers.
A great new graphic novel from the author of Princess in Black follows young Diana, (before she's Wonder Woman) as she makes mistakes and learns from them along the way.
Imaginations run wild in this one, encouraging the power of play and creativity.
This first ever graphic novel to win the Newbery tackles race and biases for a young person of color navigating a new prestigious school, not the art school he had hoped for. Nuanced and accessible, while tackling big issues, this is a must read for middle schoolers
Fans of Wonder and historical fiction will appreciate RJ Palaccio's venture into graphic novels. A Wonder story, White Bird tells Julian's grandmother's survival story as a young jewish girl in France during WWII.
I know, Dog Man? But Dog Man grows future readers. This was the first book I brought home to my six year old that they curled up with and read cover to cover independently. Everytime time a new one comes out, kids of all ages are excited!
A sweet friendship story perfect for fans of Raina Telegemier. Resilient kids, complicated friendships and family relationships for tweens figuring it all out.
Fun for younger graphic novel readers, this french transaltion follows Robin, a young princess, and her friends on an exciting adventure, including interactive parts for the reader. With super colorful illustrations, this is a fun and whimsical read.
A graphic memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, Hey, Kiddo tells his childhood story in a family where addiction and absent parents led to his grandparents raising him. Complicated family relationships lead Krosoczka's turn to art and creativity, as he processes and finds himself.