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.
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?