As teachers and parents continue to explore new ways to expand literacy amongst students of all ages, it’s hard to not notice the rising popularity of graphic novels amongst young readers. I had the opportunity to speak with Jackie DeStefano, a Child & Family Services Librarian from Long Island, NY to hear what she’s been discovering on the front lines of child literacy. What follows is a transcript of our chat conducted on July 7th, 2015.
So the buzz around graphic novels as literature continues to grow. Are they all superhero comic books? What have you observed about the kids who read them?
Anyone who wants to learn more about the medium before they use it in the classroom should read Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud.
This is all great to hear. So parents and teachers, head to your local library and start discovering the world of graphic novel literature! Thank you Jackie!
Here are some of the Graphic Novels discussed above!