Graphic Novels For Young Readers
Are graphic novels “real” reading? Many parents and even educators my find themselves asking this question when faced with a young reader who loves the format. Graphic novels are fighting the stigma against comics as anti-literature in a big way recently, being included in school curriculums, winning awards historically granted to traditional literature, and carving a new path in the realm of literacy. Still, some may be intimidated by the concept as it challenges the idea of what many have always thought of as quality reading.
To that effect the Lakewood Public Library would like to invite students and their families to attend a presentation about the graphic novels aimed at young readers. We will explore exactly what makes a book a graphic novel, discuss their value to children learning to read, examine how they can be used to promote positive reading skills, and look at the selection of titles that the Library has to offer our young patrons.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade and their parents are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 2, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Lakewood Public Library Main Branch multipurpose room. The program is free and there is no need to register. We hope you will join us as we jump feet first into the burgeoning world of juvenile graphic novels.
Nicka Petruccio is a librarian at the Lakewood Public Library in the Children & Youth Services Department.