Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers

26 Oct

ninjago insideMany children are intimidated at the thought of reading a chapter book, or any book with more text per page. Being a reluctant reader does NOT mean they aren’t good at reading. It may be something as simple as finding a subject matter to grab their attention. For others it might be they are shy about reading aloud.

Regardless of the reason, I highly recommend trying a couple of graphic novels.

Definition from Wikipedia:

graphic novel is a book made up of comics content. Although the word “novel” normally refers to long fictional works, the term “graphic novel” is applied broadly, and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work. It is distinguished from the term “comic book”, which is used for comics periodicals.

Our 3rd grader has been enjoying a mixture of graphic novels along with traditional books since the end of first grade. While some teachers and parents may frown at the idea of letting children read graphic novels, we think they are GREAT!

Below are some of my children’s favorite graphic novels. Click on a photo to purchase through Amazon. You may be able to find some of these at your local library as well.

lightning thief  warriors

ninjago  boxcarchildren

trojan horse  starwars

black beauty  owly

bone  binky

Another great thing about these graphic novels is many of them are part of a series. Find one your child likes? Let them read the others in the series!

Looking for more tips for a reluctant reader? Read my previous post “Getting Your Child to Want to Read”.

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Posted by on October 26, 2013 in My Thoughts on Homeschooling


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4 responses to “Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers

  1. Jenn

    October 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Agree! My daughter was a reluctant reader, too, and graphic novels helped her become more comfortable with reading!

  2. crafty_cristy

    October 27, 2013 at 6:28 am

    My son likes graphic novels, too. We liked the Indiana Jones graphic novels from the library, and Fangbone: Third Grade Barbarian (also from the library.)

    • Sharon -Admin

      October 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      I just put Fangbone on hold at the library. Thanks!

  3. Ian Lendler

    May 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Just found this page and it’s got really useful recommends. Thank you.


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