According to the Scholastic “Guide to Using Graphic Novels With Children and Teens,” there are four ways through which graphic novels promote literacy. Graphic novels:
- Are motivating: Because they are visually compelling and quick reads, these books are popular with kids, teens and adults.
- Attract reluctant readers: Graphic novels tend to attract those who prefer gaming or visual media, getting even the most reluctant audiences interested.
- Develop reading skills: The pictures and illustrations in graphic novels give context clues to the words, helping kids improve reading skills and comprehension.
- Build critical thinking skills: Graphic novels can provide complex plot lines that allow readers to stretch their minds, predicting outcomes and solving mysteries.
DBRL has a number of comics and graphic novels for all age groups to dive into. Our Summer Reading program’s theme, “A Universe of Stories,” generates a lot of fun titles!
- “Dinosaurs in Space” by Pranas T. Naujokaitis
- “Catsronauts” by Drew Brockington
- “Cleopatra in Space” by Mike Maihack
- “The Avengers: The Cosmic Quest” by Brandon T. Snider
- “Space Dumplins” by Craig Thompson
- “Star Wars, the Clone Wars” by Henry Gilroy
- “The Jedi Academy” by Jarrett Krosoczka
- “Zita the Spacegirl” by Ben Hatke
- “Star Scouts” by Mike Lawrence
- “Science Comics: Solar System” by Rosemary Mosco
- “A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel” by Hope Larson
For more graphic novel titles for young readers check out the American Library Association’s website!