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ERIC Number: EJ790073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-1
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
Graphic Novels Rule! The Latest and Greatest for Young Kids
Gorman, Michele
School Library Journal, v54 n3 p42-49 Mar 2008
After years of fighting for shelf space in libraries and classrooms, graphic novels have finally become an acceptable alternative to their prose-packed counterparts--and kids can't seem to get enough of them. For that matter, neither can grown-ups. In 2006, U.S. consumers dropped an estimated $330 million on graphic novels and comics, with librarians accounting for about 10 percent, or $33 million, of those purchases. Publishers have taken advantage of the format's rock-star status by launching special imprints--such as Toon Books, the new imprint from Raw Comics, published by "New Yorker" magazine art editor Francoise Mouly and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman--that feature developmentally appropriate comics for the pre-K-6 crowd. That means graphic novels are now addressing important personal and social issues like the power of imagination, being true to one's self, the benefits of teamwork, and how to cope with divorce and bullying. Teachers and librarians are also beginning to realize that these books are perfect for young readers who are making the transition from picture books to text-only titles. And with graphic novels' hypnotic power to pull kids into a story, they're also perfect for promoting recreational or free voluntary reading--one of the most effective ways to increase literacy and create lifelong readers. Furthermore, the author provides a list of 25 outstanding new graphic novels that are guaranteed to attract a new generation of young readers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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