Thursday, May 31, 2018

Reluctant Readers, nErDcampKS, and Graphic Novels

I'm about to pack up and make my way to Kansas for nErDcampKS, a get-together of authors and educators I'm really excited about. I get to meet fellow middle-grade and picture book authors, and find out what's happening in the classroom straight from the source (teachers and librarians). It's so easy to get caught up in talking to each other as writers that sometimes we forget who we're actually writing for: the kids.

I'm leading a session on reaching reluctant readers, and I always end up talking about graphic novels when I do. They're not comic books, thought they look like it, and they're a great bridge for those visual learners who may have given up on books altogether.

Wimpy Kid, Raina Telgemeier are my standby recommendation, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol, a recent graphic novel about going to camp, and being different (she's Russian). This was such a great addition to the graphic novel MG department--it really gets how it feels to be different, and how sometimes you're not sure if you're still a kid or should act like a teen. Funny, and easy to read, I highly recommend it for your summer reading list, even if you're not a reluctant reader.

How about you? Have any reluctant reader books to share for me to take to Kansas?

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