Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Graphic Novels--Gateway to Reading

I was never a graphic novel reader until the last few years.  And even then, it wasn't because it was something I was interested in.  No, my graphic novel consumption is because of my reluctant reader daughter.  Reading for my oldest came slowly, so very, painfully slowly.  Something I could hardly relate to and have found baffling as a parent. She loves to be read to, but to get her to sit down and read herself is a fight, regularly. Thankfully, there are so many more accessible books available to struggling readers today than there were when I was a child.  Here are some of the books that I've found for my girls that have made summer reading a delight and not a chore:

Ann M. Martin's Baby Sitters Club in conjunction with Raina Telegmeier:
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham:
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Ever After High graphic novels by Leigh Dragoon and Jessi Sheron
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Black Princess series by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham
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Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson (series)
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Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
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Trolls (series) by Dave Scheidt, Tini Howard, and Marie Condenzio:
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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Larson:
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Descendants (series) by Disney:
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Drama by Raina Telegmeier
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Ghosts by Raina Telegmeier
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Sisters by Raina Telegmeier
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Smile by Raina Telegmeier
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Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

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There are more, but I'm just scratching the surface of what's available and what will eventually be more age appropriate for my daughters.  Maybe one of these could be the gateway book for your child.

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