These past few years, the Graphic Novel genre has seen a huge increase in popularity.
An updated version of the comics many of us grew up with (I devoured Archie back in the day), these pieces of fiction are a magnificent means to get kids reading.
Some kids are proficient readers, others are emerging, some in between - they all get there in the end. All the same, I see my job as pivotal in making sure they have access to something they want to read - a book that sparks interest, passion & most importantly, a book that gives them confidence so that they want to read more!
Access to reading can take so many forms when books arrive home from the Library - it might be a parent, babysitter, Grandparent reading to a child; a child using illustrations or photographs to follow & infer from the the story - or a child simply reading to themselves.
Whatever it is, my goal is to cater to all.
And that's why I have really worked to bump up our Graphic Novel collection - it's a genre easily accessible for emergent readers & from what I've experienced so far, loved by all too.
You may be very familiar with the now iconic Dogman series by Dav Pilkey - these spend little more than an hour on my shelves because once returned, they're snatched up by the next class.
Raina Talgemeier's works have proved equally popular - Smile, Ghosts, Drama have kids giggling & wanting more.
In addition to these, the Bird & Squirrel series by James Burkes, although not as well known, have proved a hit.
And these are just the most popular of the selections that I have!
I post about these series this week as part of my efforts to share with our Reed community what we hold here in the Library available for our students... & to also encourage us all to remember that whatever we can get to help our kids love reading, let's give it to them!
Some Graphic Novels are higher level than we anticipate - there are so many more that you may discover as your children grow, the genre caters to young readers right through High School.
This is the first of a number of installments I plan to bring you on what's new in the Library shelves. Next week, I want to introduce some exciting new Chapter Book series that will be making their appearance. I have some amazing new works that truly bridge the gap from emerging Chapter Book readers to the proficient. Exactly what some of our students need to remind themselves they truly are readers!
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