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.
I am a huge fan of graphic novels, and don’t always think they get the respect they deserve. No longer the flimsy comic book of my youth (although I still love those, too!), graphic novels are fantastic for the reluctant reader, or those with reading difficulties. Or anyone who wants a great read. The boost of the pictures to the storyline helps even the struggling reader feel like he or she has accomplished something when the book is finished, which, in turn, helps instil the love of books we all want to foster in our children.
The Olympians, a series of graphic novels by George O’Connor, is great. With seven different books to date, Zeus and his fellow gods and goddesses (Aphrodite, Ares, Athena, Hades, Hera and Poseidon so far) have their stories told through pictures and words. He packs each page with action and adventure, bringing the myths to life with skill and obvious love of the genre.
The art is fantastic, not too realistic, vibrant and energetic, with enough of the comic quality to make it unintimidating for the younger reader. The stories are well told, with all the important details so that you come away with a solid knowledge of the myths.
The Olympians series is published by Macmillan.