Are your kids reluctant readers? Or visual learners who enjoy books with lots of illustrations? Transitioning from early chapter books to longer novels? Graphic novels are a great option to get kids excited about moving to new reading levels.
That’s why we’re starting a book club for ages 8-12 dedicated specifically to graphic novels! We’ll meet for the first time this Thursday, January 13 at 6 p.m. in the Library’s Jones Meeting Room. Call (423) 434-4458 to register your kids.
Why Graphic Novels?
School Age Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson is starting this book club focused on graphic novels because she sees them as a valuable tool for nurturing children’s love of reading, and getting them excited about progressing to new reading levels.
“Graphic novels are a natural bridge for readers transitioning from beginning readers and early chapter books into longer novels,” she explains. “They’re less intimidating because they’re image-heavy. This is great for kids who prefer visual learning and highly-illustrated texts.”
Graphic novels can also help build kids’ vocabulary and reading comprehension. Although they contain less text, much of the dialogue in graphic novels is highly sophisticated. “And,” Jennifer says, “children find the format so engaging that they’re more likely to challenge themselves with words they might struggle to read in a traditional novel.”
A New Child-Directed Format
Graphic Novel Book Club is taking a different form than our other school age reading programs; it’s meant to be more open-ended and child-directed. Instead of hearing about or reading specific titles, the kids in Graphic Novel Book Club will choose together what direction they want the club to go.
Jennifer says, “We’ll talk about the kids’ favorites, make recommendations, and explore the graphic novel as a genre. We’ll look at art, illustration, comic styles, and other elements of the format from meeting to meeting. And if the kids are interested, we may even create our own graphic novel from start to finish!”
Children will benefit most from attending as many sessions in succession as possible, because each session will build on the last.
Continuing the Conversation Online
There will also be an online component that kids can access any time to keep the conversation going between meetings. They’ll find discussion prompts and interactive activities in a closed online platform called FlipGrid. Through FlipGrid, kids can make and post video responses to others in the group.
FlipGrid is safe for children and designed for educational settings. Jennifer will show the kids how to use it in the first meeting and monitor all of the activity in the closed group, so there is no worry for parents about children sharing information online.
Graphic Novel Book Club requires registration. Call (423) 434-4458 today to learn more and register!
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