Now is a marvelous time to indulge children’s reading enjoyment for graphic novels. If you’ve ever felt the delight of reading a book just for sheer pleasure, you’ll be able to relate when children make a beeline for the comics shelves in libraries and bookstores. During this period of isolation and restriction from the favorite people and activities in our lives, a fun read can be just the prescription needed.
Take comfort in the fact that graphic novels provide the same reading benefits as narrative books. Did you read the post A Salute to Graphic Novels for Kids published last year on KidsBlog? It delivers a helpful perspective of their value to children’s literacy.
Browse through the graphic novel bookshelves for Preschool – Grade 8 readers. Explore the collection of graphic novels for kids on Hoopla to stream instantly (no wait!) And while focusing on graphic art, take a look at the digital bookshelf for hybrid novels. Think chapter book with illustrations, ideal for children to build reading confidence.
Illustrated middle grade fiction
Remember the intent is to build the self-motivation to read and an interest in reading. Let’s offer a bit of grace during this trying time: respect your child’s reading choices and give them license to read stories that make their heart sing!
“If I have a reader that is obsessed with graphic novels I try to do the following.
1. Honor and celebrate their love for GNs
2. Help them find more GNs for them to read
3. Get out of the way”
~Colby Sharp, Teacher, Co-founder Nerdy Book Club blog, co-host The Yarn podcast
For more ideas about what your child can do this summer, check out these in-person and virtual activity suggestions in the Kids Summer Challenge series. There have been a few revisions, so be sure to check back periodically to the dynamic MCFL Kids and MCFL Teens booklists and blog posts for updates.
Kleinknecht, Jill. (2020, June 27). Rewrite the rules of reading. Nerdy Book Club [blog]
Image from The Witch Boy (vol. 1) by Molly Ostertag