Welcome to Melody’s Storytime Blog.

This time around, we are talking about something a little different. Instead of the usual selection of picture books, I’d like to introduce parents of early readers to a few excellent kids graphic novels. That’s right folks! Comics. Believe it or not, graphic novels are an amazing resource for improving literacy skills. 

Scholastic has provided this super helpful list of reasons why Graphic Novels are so great for learning to read:

1. Graphic novels are full of text. Sure, they have drawings, illustrations, and sometimes photos, but they also have text that readers must actually decode, analyze, and comprehend.With graphic novels, kids still must follow plots and character development. They must understand cause and effect, and they must learn about perspective. All of these things will improve their reading comprehension.
2. Graphic novels are engaging. Often, especially for reluctant readers, graphic novels add the extra support kids need to help them through a text. They tend to be particularly captivating for kids, and the combination of text and pictures provides context for stories that they may otherwise not completely understand.
3. Graphic novels are high-quality reading material. Just like traditional novels, graphic novels have exciting and complex plots, characters, and conflicts. The plots have twists and turns. Characters are developed and dynamic. Conflicts are presented, unwound, and resolved like they are in other texts. The only difference is that graphic novels have more images to support the development.

And even if your child is not quite at the reading words stage – what better way to help them get a grasp on literacy than by allowing kids the opportunity to interpret a story based on the images provide.

Later this year, Harper Collins Children’s Books are releasing a series of I Can Read! Comics designed to prepare young readers for success in an increasingly visual world. The library is ordering as many as we can get our hands on, but here is a little preview of what they have in store as well as some great downloadable craft to print and do at home. Just click on the images below the book covers to download the printable PDF page.

Book cover for Fish and Sun
Book cover for Clark the shark and the school sing
Book cover for Friendbots: Blink and Block Make a Wish
Book cover for Tiny Tales Shell Quest

For a complete list of all of the wonderful graphic novels for younger readers, follow the link here.

Book cover for  Cut to the chase
Book cover for  The wolf in underpants at full speed
Book cover for  Garfield brings home the bacon
Book cover for  Baloney and friends
Book cover for  Phoebe and her unicorn. 13, Unicorn famous : another Phoebe and her unicorn adventure
Book cover for Pawcasso