Summer Book Hook: Graphic Novels
It’s week 2 of the Summer Book Hook: 10 weeks of recommended kids’ reads! This week’s theme is “Graphic Novels for All-Ages”. I’ve collected a kid-favorite, parent-approved list of books I regularly recommend sorted by age group to keep your kids interested in reading over the summer months.
Graphic Novels are booming. Although kids love them, I feel as though each time I guide a reluctant parent over to the “Graphic Novels” section in the children’s room of the library, I can hear the books whispering, “We come in peace, we come in peace!”
If you didn’t grow up reading comics and/or graphic novels, graphic novels can be slightly intimidating. The most common questions are usually, “Don’t they just look at the pictures and skip the reading?” or “Does a graphic novel even count for their summer reading for the library?” My answer is always this: Graphic Novels are a great way to get kids interested in reading and are also a great way to exercise one of the many diverse ways a person can read. It’s just a different lesson in reading. They are also an excellent way to participate in and enhance their summer reading experience.
I recently hopped on the graphic novel bandwagon last year and found the best way to break past whatever preconceived notions you have about graphic novels is like anything… try them out yourself. Read a few of the recommended books below or try out an adult or teen graphic novel. My gateway into graphic novels was Castle Waiting by Linda Medley. I also enjoy titles by Adriane Tomine and Craig Tompson.
Or check out A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics: Choosing Titles Your Children Will Love by Scott Robins and Snow Wildsmith. You’ll be sure to find many of the titles listed below and so, so, so many more. I also recommend checking out the book Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists which I found was a great introduction into the different artistic styles of graphic novels.
Are you a fan of graphic novels? Are your kids?
Whether you and your kids are new to graphic novels or you’re already well versed in this diverse medium, I hope you find something new to get you hooked.
The Summer Book Hook: Graphic Novels for All-Ages
Graphic Novels for Ages 2-6:
Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons by Agnes Rosenstiehl
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Benny and Penny series by Geoffrey Hayes
Graphic Novels for Ages 7-9:
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future by Dav Pilkey, George Beard, and Harold Hutchins
Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels series by Geronimo Stilton, Elisabetta Dami, illustrated by Flavio Ferron
Graphic Novels for Ages 9 & up:
Little Vampire by Joann Sfar
To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel, illustrated by Mark Siegel
The Adventures of TinTin books by Herge
Next week’s Summer Book Hook is all about audiobooks! Stay tuned…
And if you’re searching for ways to keep everyone interested in reading over the summer, be sure to check out these tips.
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