Photo by Dave Zucker
This new section in your neighborhood bookshop may be just what you need to get your picky readers done with their summer reading.
Gone are the days when picking up graphic novels for your summer reading assignments was met with scorn and parental disapproval. With so many thoughtful, award-winning comics (hello, Eisners) being written for young people now, it seems only fitting to carve out a space for them in the hallowed halls of literature.
Barnes & Noble, that last vestige of major retail bookstores, has recently dedicated a new section in the Young Readers department of their flagship Eastchester store to graphic novels geared towards readers aged 7 to 12. Titles include everything from major franchise comics like Adventure Time and Star Wars to popular titles such as the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi and Raina Telgemeier’s Smile/Sisters duology.
“Readership of graphic novels continues to grow and expand, with kids flocking to this popular genre,” says B&N Vice President of Merchandising, Children’s Books at Stephanie Fryling. “Graphic Novels are a way for kids to appreciate both reading and art, and the breadth of talent for both authors and illustrators in this category is amazing.”
If you’re looking to get your kids into something a bit more long-form, but they aren’t quite ready to delve into Watchmen and The Killing Joke, check out some of these recommendations from Barnes & Noble Eastchester’s Kids Lead Maureen Tillman:
Kizuishi’s modern classic is an ongoing story of magic, demons, and mechanicals rabbits, all seen through the eyes of two children seeking to rescue their mother from this strange world. Volume 8: Supernova has just been released.
This Newberry honored graphic memoir recounts the author’s childhood hearing loss, and the subsequent superpowers granted to her by her unwieldy-yet-sometimes-conveniently-powerful hearing aid.
Your favorite childhood besties are back (with cellphones and laptops!) in this modern adaptation by Raina Telgemeier. Introduce your children to the same loveable characters you grew up with.
Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name (which also inspired the delightfully creepy stop-motion film) focuses on the title character, a girl who is unhappy in her home, whisked away to someplace very similar, but far more ominous.
We’ll forgive you for singing the Lion King soundtrack in your head. This semi-biographical work by Vera Brosgol is an adorable, often humorous look at adolescent issues like class, culture, and Russian history.
Aside from having a great name, Caveboy Dave just wants to make the world a better place. His grandpa invented fire. His dad invented the wheel. Dave just wants to follow in their footsteps, if not for this whole “needing to hunt to feed the village” thing.
Check out these titles and hundreds more in the new Young Readers Graphic Novels section at Barnes & Noble Eastchester, or your nearest B&N.
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