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My 9 year old daughter is crushing on these books right now. They’re a part of her summer reading life, along with novels, audiobooks, and those huge fact books. Read or watch to see if these graphic novels are a good fit for your child.
What’s a graphic novel?
A graphic novel is basically a story told in comic strip form. As a high school English teacher, I avoided allowing my students to read graphic novels because I wanted them to be reading things that were more challenging for them while they were at school. However, as a mom, I want my kids to just love reading and to have as much practice reading words and sentences over and over in order to gaining confidence as a reader. Graphic novels are perfect for this! My 9 year old daughter, has loved these books and will read them over and over again. Each time she does this she reads the words more closely, looks at the pictures for clues to gain meaning, and gains more understanding of the story.
Smile and Sisters: graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier
These two graphic novels are both autobiographical stories from the author/illustrator’s childhood. The illustrations are delightful and fun, and the characters are very realistic and relatable for 8-11 year old girls.
The babysitter’s club: A collaboration of Ann M. Martin’s work and Raina Telgemeier
These are just plain awesome. Remember the Babysitter’s Club books by Ann M. Martin? Well, Raina Telgemeier has turned the first 4 books in the series into graphic novels. It’s such a fun way to share my childhood love for the Babysitter’s Club with my daughter. She has read and loved the first two and we ‘re anxiously waiting for books 3 and 4 from our library.
Should my child be reading Graphic Novels?
I say, yes. I spent hours on Sunday mornings reading the comics from the Sunday paper growing up. While reading graphic novels, children have to read the words closely and look at the pictures for clues in order to understand the plot and characters. This is great practice for their brains to learn how to create meaning from text. If they’re enjoying it, and there’s nothing in the content that offends you, I say encourage it.