Why read graphic novels?
These books improve literacy skills and encourage kids to dive into books for fun — the perfect recipe for a love of reading. Graphic novels will improve your child’s reading skills like any other book would, and they are fantastic choices for reading outside of class.
- Graphic novels are full of text. Sure, they have drawings, illustrations, and sometimes photos, but they also have text that readers must actually decode, analyze, and comprehend. With graphic novels, kids still must follow plots and character development. They must understand cause and effect, and they must learn about perspective. All of these things will improve their reading comprehension.
- Graphic novels are engaging. Often, especially for reluctant readers, graphic novels add the extra support kids need to help them through a text. They tend to be particularly captivating for kids, and the combination of text and pictures provides context for stories that they may otherwise not completely understand.
- Graphic novels are high-quality reading material. Just like traditional novels, graphic novels have exciting and complex plots, characters, and conflicts. The plots have twists and turns. Characters are developed and dynamic. Conflicts are presented, unwound, and resolved like they are in other texts. The only difference is that graphic novels have more images to support the development.
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Donner Dinner Party – Nathan Hale
Medieval Knights : Europe’s Fearsome Armored Soldiers – Blake Hoena
A Chemical Nightmare : Bald Eagle Comeback – Tim Cooke
Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World – James Sturm
Claudia and Mean Janine – Raina Telgemeier
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
Solutions and Other Problems – Allie Brosh
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? – Roz Chast
I Love You More Than My Phone – Dante Fabiero
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World : An Introvert’s Story – Debbie Tung
YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION
Dancing at the Pity Party : A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir – Tyler Feder
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
This One Summer – Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
Eight-Lane Runways – Henry McCausland
A Map to the Sun – Sloane Leong