Comics have long been known as a form of entertainment for kids. The thrill of superhero rescues is exciting for any age, and the style of combining art with a storyline has extended to novel form in the last thirty years. Constantly expanding its reach, graphic novels are for children from kindergarten on up now. Rather than printed in periodical form as a comic is, a graphic novel is a book in comic strip form. If you have a reluctant reader on your hands, try a graphic novel with some great pictures to keep them interested!
For an early reader, there is a wonderful series called “Toon into Reading” which is leveled for children in grades K through 3. Benjamin Bear by Philippe Coudray is made up of page-long comic strips with surprising humor. Otto’s Orange Day by Frank Cammuso and Jay Lynch follows a cat who wants everything to be orange, but discovers that maybe some variety is better. For middle readers, Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm have written/illustrated multiple series together. Squish is about a super amoeba whom the reader gets to follow about his days at school all while figuring out relationships with parents and friends. Babymouse is a sassy little mouse who is Queen of the World! Or at least she thinks she is. And for the older child, Bone by Jeff Smith and Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi are both filled with adventure. Bone will hold attention through the series with its interesting plot and Amulet has absolutely incredible illustrations. So come by the Children’s Room to pick out a graphic novel today!