In the library we often hear parents, caregivers or teachers telling kids to pick a “real book” rather than a comic book or graphic novel. But graphic novels are fun to read, and they provide opportunities to improve reading, comprehension, and visual literacy skills. Images that support text can also encourage some readers to read above their level and increase their vocabulary. Recommending graphic novels to reluctant readers or readers with learning differences help to reinforce that reading is fun. It’s important to encourage and support children book choices so they can grow to become lifelong readers.
Here are a few recommendations for graphic novels for those reluctant middle grade readers in your family.