Graphic Novels: What they are and why they are great for kids!

Presented By: Eau Claire Area School District

Did you know that certain types of books called graphic novels are very popular right now? Graphic novels look a little bit like comic books, but they are so much more! They are great for both beginning readers and teenagers and are very effective tools for building literacy skills.

Pam Gardow, a librarian at Memorial High School, tells us what a graphic novel is and why they are a beneficial part of reading for children. She also tells us where parents can start to find good graphic novels that are appropriate for their children's age.

Watch today's Moms Everyday interview to learn more, or check out the links below for some suggestions of where to find graphic novels!

Great Graphic Novels Grades K – 8
Core titles recommended by the Association for Library Services to Children: http://www.ala.org/alsc/graphicnovels2013

The Best Graphic Novels for Children
Use this site to find great graphic novel suggestions for children, and family activities at the library:
http://www.atyourlibrary.org/connectwithyourkids/reading-together/best-graphic-novels-children

Comic Relief: Thirty-nine graphic novels that kids can’t resist
An article from School Library Journal listing popular graphic novels by age category:
http://www.slj.com/2011/07/collection-development/comic-relief-thirty-nine-graphic-novels-that-kids-cant-resist/#_

Great Graphic Novels for Teens
List of “Great Graphic Novels” and the “Top Ten” by year for young adults ages 12 – 18: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/great-graphic-novels

Great Reads: Comics with Strong Female Characters
Booklist article features graphic novels with heroines “perfectly capable of rescuing themselves": http://www.booklistonline.com/Great-Reads-Comics-with-Strong-Female-Characters-Sarah-Hunter/pid=6704867



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