Saturday, August 31, 2013

Staff Picks

Great Graphic Novels You May Have Missed: Kids Edition   

The library has graphic novels appropriate for all ages, from pre-reader to adult. Today's graphic novels are much more than comic books. Graphic novels can be a great motivator for a reluctant reader, challenge all readers with a new storytelling format, and help kids improve their reading level by combining graphic clues with difficult vocabulary and concepts. Here’s a shortlist of excellent graphic novels younger readers shouldn’t miss!

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
A laugh-out-loud adventure about a girl who is transported to another galaxy. Joined by her new alien allies, she sets off to rescue her friend from evil space creatures and stop an asteroid from destroying the planet. Ages 8 and up.

The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra
With echoes of Alice in Wonderland, this fun fantasy adventure is beautifully drawn in black and white with exquisite detail. When two children mysteriously find themselves in another world, they rely on the cryptic stone frogs to guide them through a strange and sometimes dangerous landscape. Ages 7 and up.

Stinky: A Toon Book by Eleanor Davis
Stinky is a smelly monster who lives in a foul swamp with his not-so-clean pet toad. But when a disgusting, CLEAN human moves in, it’s up to Stinky to see he doesn't stay long. The Toon Book series is perfect for newly independent readers ages 5 and up.

Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
With 3,856 possible storylines, this “choose your own adventure” style graphic novel is ideal for a rainy day. Once you make your first choice (between chocolate and vanilla ice cream, of course), readers will spend hours delving into each possible outcome! Ages 8 and up.

Graphic Library
Did you know the library has tons of nonfiction graphic novels to peak kids' interests? Learn about history, science, famous historical figures, and more! Great for all ages.

Cleo Slaughter
Youth Services Supervisor