I think we assume that boys are the reluctant readers, and look to graphic novels to help encourage them to read. We sometimes forget that there are girls to whom reading does not come naturally, either, or they just flat out don’t enjoy it. Raina Telgemeier can change that with her autobiographical graphic novels.
These fantastic books for 9-11 year old girls will pretty much guarantee to turn a reluctant reader into one who is always pestering you for more trips to the library or book store.
Smile, Drama, Sisters, and now The Babysitters Club series are waiting for your daughter (and you!). They are fun to read, and deal with relatable and relevant topics: the pre-teen horror of injuring your teeth and requiring braces, a retainer, and surgery; all the ups and downs of putting on the middle school play, including budding romance; and what happens when the baby sister you begged for turns out to be nothing like you imagined.
Read these with your daughter. They are fun, charming and heartfelt, and you will laugh out loud at the memories they bring back.
Telgemeier’s books are published by Scholastic.