Even some of the most reluctant readers fall hard for graphic novels, where they’re given a play by play of the story’s twists and turns thanks to colourful illustrations and expressive fonts. Not only do kids love them, but they’re also teacher approved! A graphic novel can help train children to pick up on a book’s tone and also nurture empathy when introducing kids to new or challenging topics (like racism or poverty) since they can see the characters’ struggles. And just because they’re illustrated, it doesn’t mean the vocabulary is simplistic—though the graphics help early readers along when faced with challenging words. Most of all, they can help build confidence in readers at all skill levels. Here are some of the best graphic novels for kids.
Olga: We’re Out of Here!
Written and illustrated by Elise Gravel, Harper Collins (ages 8 to 12) Follow the adventures of Olga as she leaves the earth in search of Meh’s home planet, but first she’ll have to discover why Meh is acting so strange. $16, indigo.ca
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