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Graphic novels promote a healthy interest in reading


These suggestions from Scholastic can help get you started:

-     Graphic novels can be a great way to launch conversations with kids. Ask your child what he or she thinks the story’s characters are feeling or thinking – and what he or she might do in a similar situation.

-          Discuss the artwork. Ask your child what kind of drawings they like most and why. Point out how design helps tell a story.

-          Talk about the words and how they're drawn; many graphic novels use different fonts for different characters, emphasis, or situations. If your child has trouble following traditional novels, show him or her how the illustrations help guide them through the story by offering visual clues.

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-          Visit a comic book store or comic convention, and talk with other people who love graphic novels. At conventions, authors and illustrators are available to answer questions -- plus there's the fun of seeing costumed characters walking around.

 

Encourage your child to create their own graphic novel. They can use computer graphics or a drawing program, or do it by hand. If they’re stuck for ideas, suggest they imagine what happens after the final page of their favorite novel or what could happen if two characters from different books meet.

-          Have them pretend to be their favorite character for a day. Include clothes, mannerisms, and speech. This helps boost their imagination, get a deeper understanding of the characters they read about, and have fun, to boot!

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-          For guidance about what comics and/or graphic novels are age-appropriate for kids, talk with other parents, teachers and/or school librarians and inquire at bookstores. Online resources can be helpful, too. The website School Library Journal offers listings of graphic novels. Do a search using “graphic novels.” Good Reads also lists popular comics for children. Graphic Novel Reporter contains an extensive list of graphic novels with descriptions. The American Library Association also offers a comprehensive list for K-8 readers. At Your Library features a list by age groups.