Last spring I made a book list for the 5th grade class I visit. It was full of comics and graphic novels; some of the kids already knew about most of them. Smile, Zita the Spacegirl, Sisters, Babymouse, Squish and Amulet are so popular that the school library can only keep them long enough to check them in. I just blogged about Awkward not long ago, and I’m always excited when I come across new graphic novels for kids. Just last week, I found two more: March: Grand Prix, The Fast and the Furious by Kean Soo and Little Robot by Ben Hatke.
Worried about kids not reading enough? There’s plenty to love in all books as far as I’m concerned. Weak readers often need more practice, but in my experience forcing any kid to read anything usually does not make them love it, and if you don’t love reading, why do it with all of the other distractions out there?
Maybe the kid who likes Amulet can be encouraged to read some fantasy eventually. Maybe the kid who loves Big Nate will eventually take on The Wimpy Kid or some Andrew Clements and then The Fourth Stall. Zita the Spacegirl could lead to The Search for Wondla. The kid who likes Sidekicks could move on to Powerless. There are so many possibilities out there, and we really just want kids to read, right? Why not have fun while doing it?