Saturday, August 1, 2015

Now, I'm a Believer

I'm sad to say even a year ago, I didn't see graphic novels as 'real literature'. When students would want to read them, I didn't necessarily scoff or forbid it, as I understand the importance of gateway reading, but I certainly didn't go out of my way to read them myself.
I didn't promote them.
And I most certainly didn't recommend that a child read one of those!

As my two-year-old would say, "So sad, mommy. So sad."

And she's right. This is the best way to describe how I feel about these lost opportunities. I'm hooked and frankly a bit obsessed. While certainly not all graphic novels are created equal, there are many good ones out there. The text and illustrations work together beautifully for students to comprehend and infer the author's story.

Of course, just like picture books, not all graphic novels are meant for all age groups. Just because there are more pictures does not mean that the content and story line will appeal (or be understood) by everyone.

But, there are so many good ones. Here are a few of my favorites.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

El Deaf by Cece Bell

Primates by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks

March: Book One by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin

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