August 15th, 2016
By Nicole Forsyth, RedRover President and CEO
The transition back to school after summer can be tough, and if kids aren’t already in a habit of reading regularly, parents and educators may have a hard time kick-starting the habit again.
Children’s graphic novels may help the transition. Beautifully illustrated and engaging for kids, graphic novels provide context clues to move the story along when kids are stuck, which reduces frustration, increases comprehension and adds entertainment value that helps kids understand just how enjoyable reading can be.
Don’t know where to start? Here are some great graphic novels to try:
Babymouse series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl series by Ben Hatke
Baby-Sitters Club series by Raina Telgemeier
Sisters, Drama, Smile, Ghosts (coming September 2016) by Raina Telgemeier
Jellaby by Kean Soo
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
Bone series by Jeff Smith
RedRover’s new graphic novel app, The Restricted Adventures of Raja, is another fun way to get kids reading AND practice the skills needed to increase emotional intelligence, like empathy. The app comes with a Spanish language “text to audio” option, making this a great bilingual resource as well. RedRover developed the app to help kids understand animal behavior and develop empathy, but the app does so much more.
“For parents, it’s an easy purchase to make, because it has nothing but good to offer to kids,” writes Bruce Cline for AlphaDigits.com. “The app is an easy download and costs just $2.99. For what you pay, you get a great deal of value. The e-book is more than just a book. It also has games and activities that immerse kids into the experience that Raja is going through and helps them become helpful and empathetic along the way.” Read the complete review by AlphaDigits.
For more information, visit: redrover.org/e-book
Nicole Forsyth is RedRover’s President and CEO, a former teacher, Mom to an 8-year-old daughter and avid reader. Her daughter, Audrey, also an avid reader, would recommend all of these titles (except the Bone series which she has not yet read). Her favorites include the Raina Telgemeier books, which she reads over and over. Nicole is also the author of the graphic novel app, The Restricted Adventures of Raja.