We started by discussing the article Using Graphic Novels with Children & Teens from Scholastic's website. This article suggests some great graphic novels, so it gave everyone a place to start if they weren't as familiar with this genre. It also gives examples of how teachers have used graphic novels in curriculum with success. Lots of kids love graphic novels and they're an easy sell in booktalking programs. Bringing a graphic novel along on booktalks helps to balance what you're bringing and it validates for kids and teachers that we do consider this "real reading"!
And here's what we read:
- Around the World by Matt Phelan
- Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
- Big Nate from the Top by Lincoln Peirce
- The Collected Alison Dare by J. Torres and J. Bone
- Dance Class: African Folk Dance Fever by Beka & Crip
- El Deafo by Cece Bell
- The Golden Twine (Cat's Cradle #1) by Jo Rioux
- Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
- The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
- Sidekicks by Dan Santat
- Target Practice (Cleopatra in Space #1) by Mike Maihack
As you can see, we read graphic novels from many different genres - realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction...!
For our next Reading Wildly meeting (which has already happened... I'm so behind!), we're reading Animal Fantasy. However, since we have all been working really hard on prepping for our booktalking programs, I've made the genre requirement optional. More on that next month!