1. Reading graphic novels develops empathy by helping children and teens relate to people who are different from them.
  2. Graphic novels allow students to read above their independent reading level so they can engage with more challenging text.
  3. Graphic novels level the academic playing field.
  4. Reading graphic novels builds comprehension and critical thinking skills.
  5. Graphic novels get children and teens excited about reading!

SOURCE: “5 reasons your child should read graphic novels,” Kami Garcia

From the very first sequential comic strip published in the Hearst New York American on February 16, 1896, the medium broadly referred to as “comics” has steadily evolved into a variety of formats that combine text and images to tell engaging stories. From comic strips to webcomics, to comic books and manga to graphic novels—the medium offers just as many genres as traditional fiction and nonfiction books.

To many, comic books are centered around heroic characters in capes and tights fighting villains bent on destroying the world, but the medium has so much to offer readers of all interests than just the latest adventures of Batman, Spider-Man, and the X-Men. Comics tell stories that are romantic, terrifying, heartbreaking, and even educational—graphic memoir and graphic journalism are two of the most popular genres in comics—but knowing where to begin can seem like a daunting task.


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