Graphic Novels

Molly is a bit of a perfectionist, which can mean she is hesitant to try things she won’t IMMEDIATELY succeed at — for example, biking, swimming, and reading.  Add to this equation at sister who read over 8 million(!!) words this year, and you can have a child who doesn’t think she’s very good at reading.  I was desperate to convince her that she’s an accomplished reader and to find something that was her interest and not her sister’s.

Enter the graphic novel.  I searched for a list that was age appropriate and had some female protagonists and headed to the library.  She fell in love with them and her confidence increased.  WIN!

Here’s a list of some of her favorites:

Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi — this is a 5 book series, which she devoured and was very sad when Book 5 ended.  (She’s hopeful for more.)  A bit scary at times, but not too much.

Giants Beware by Jorge Aguirre — Claudette sets off to slay a giant.  Adventures ensue.  The first graphic novel Molly read and the one that hooked her.

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale — the Rapunzel story set in the Wild West.  Great fun and lassoing hair.  She also loved Calamity Jack by the same authors.

Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke — Molly’s favorite book ever.  She’s read it 15+ times.

We’re always looking for new recommendations for age-appropriate graphic novels; suggestions?

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2 responses to “Graphic Novels

  • Susie

    Our young ones are alike in so many ways!! I might need to look for these myself. Getting closer on the swimming and bike riding. Finally showing an interest, but only for a few minutes at a time.

  • soosieq

    Oh, I love graphic novels! And Rapunzel’s Revenge is so fun. There’s a whole series of those out by Shannon Hale, and I think they’re coming out with a new edition pretty soon. I hope Molly’s having fun with them!

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