Graphic Novels Are Books, Too

“‘And what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?’”

While we Youth Services staff love all kinds of books, this question posed in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland brings to mind the rapidly growing popularity and relevance of graphic novels for children and teenagers. We would like to bring your attention the wide variety of graphic novels we carry–not just superheroes, but realistic fiction, history, biography and memoir, drama (graphic novels of Shakespeare exist in both the original early Modern English as well as abridged forms), and folklore, to name a few genres. As always, feel free to contact us or come into the library for suggestions.

In the meantime, check out these following websites. Deborah Ford, resource librarian for the San Diego Unified School District, talks about the importance of graphic novels and her invitation to speak at the 2010 Comic-Con. No Flying, No Tights provides a lot of helpful suggestions not only of classic superhero comics (the likes of DC and Marvel) but of many other genres as well.

–Lindsay Beckman

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