Getting Graphic: Using Graphic Novels to Attract Reluctant Readers

Are you having trouble getting your son or daughter to pick up a book in their spare time? Don’t worry; it’s common in our day and age for children to blow off reading with all the technological alternatives out there. That’s not  to say though that parents can’t use certain books or genres to try and appeal to their kids at home and make reading seem more exciting. Graphic novels present a great opportunity for parents, educators and librarians to do just that.


Using graphic novels to promote literacy and reading rates has proven to be effective in schools and libraries alike. A wide variety of studies have shown that graphic novels not only help to foster a love of reading among children, but also help to improve language skills and literacy development. Throughout the month of April, Babylon Public Library will look to showcase some of their most popular titles, as graphic novels will take over the Library’s main display area. Looking for a graphic novel that your son or daughter might enjoy? Check out some of the staff’s favorite graphic novels (listed below) or come into the library and talk to a librarian today!

Graphic novels for Children: Grades K-5

Bone: Ghost Circles by Jeff Smith

The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley

Hidden by Loic Dauvillier

Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Graphic novels for Children: Grades 6 and up

Amazing Fantastic Incredible by Stan Lee

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

300 by Frank Miller