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Graphic Novels are “Real” Books

Graphic Novels are
“Real” Books


Graphic novels are increasingly popular with both students and adults, and are very different from the comic books many of us have read and remember fondly.  Graphic novels are longer, have more complex story lines, and cover a wide range of genres, including both fiction and nonfiction.  Like a standard novel, a graphic novel tells a story in a sequential manner, using both text and images.  The text and images support each other and add to the complexity or richness of the story.  According to researchers, the reader is using more of his or her brain while combining both the text and images into a complete story. 


Graphic novels increase a reader's comprehension and interpretation of a story or topic.  They engage both reluctant readers and visual learners.  This is wonderful, as reading should be a pleasurable activity.  Students who read more develop increased background knowledge and vocabulary, which leads to greater ease in reading more complex texts.  
                                 
The American Library Association has an excellent list of suggestions:
http://www.ala.org/alsc/graphicnovels2016


At our library at DMMS, graphic novels are extremely popular and we cannot keep them on the shelves! 

 

 

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