Still wondering if graphic novels are a waste of time for your child? There are incredible benefits to having your student read graphic novels (aka comic strips in book form), not the least of which is engagement! If your student does fall in love with a graphic novel, there’s a pretty good chance that it’s one of a series, and he or she will be begging for the next one! Here are some articles that are worth a look if you’d like to learn more.
Raising Super Readers: Benefits of Comic Books & Graphic Novels
Annual Reminders That Graphic Novels Are “Real” Reading
5 Great Reasons To Read Graphic Novels
4 Surprising Ways Comics and Graphic Novels Can Benefit English Language Learners
This week in library, 3rd grade participated in a graphic novel round up, where I pulled dozens of graphic novels, all of which are part of a series, to try to hook them on some new authors and illustrators. 3rd and 4th grade is where I see a bit of a dip in circulation, so anything I can do to keep the students engaged and reading is a win for me.
After a quick discussion with students about the merits and characteristics of graphic novels, he students sat at one of four tables with several graphic novels on them. They each had a paper with a rating system where they could write the book title, give it 1-5 stars, then a quick note about why they liked it for future reference. They had 3 minutes to browse one book (a skill in and of itself!), then they wrote their notes and chose a new one.
Having the students engage with five books in one class is cause for celebration, and cries of “I call dibs on this one!” resounded throughout the room. Almost every third grader who could took a graphic novel home with them. If that isn’t engagement, I don’t know what is!
This week kindergarten and first grade will be reading these colorful stories, most of which were recommended purchases from none other than our own amazing art teacher, Ms. Kniffin! Books about concepts like colors, shapes, the alphabet and numbers are always a big hit with the younger students, and with covers like these, I’m sure you can see why!
These stories are more than just fun experiments with color; there are much bigger ideas at play here. Monsters Love Colors takes the traditional primary colors instruction and makes it a whole lot of fun! Sky Color celebrates the artist inside of everyone, especially those who see the world in an unexpected way. Drawn Together is an amazing multi-generational story of how art can bring families together, with illustrations by Dan Santat that are mind-bogglingly gorgeous. And Pocket Full of Colors, the true story of Mary Blair, Disney artist extraordinaire, who thought outside the box in both her life and her art, is a picture book biography all young artists should read!
These gorgeous books are going to be a BIG hit!