Please help me to find graphic novel/illustrated novel/comic strip novel/picture novella/comic book (whatever they're called) suggestions for my seven year old daughter? Preferences inside.
Our daughter has finally caught on to all that reading voraciously has to offer - especially the benefits of them in line-ups and waiting rooms, extended bedtimes, lazy weekend mornings, rainy recesses and our willingness to bribe/reward her with new books. Graphic novels and comic books are perfect - we read chapter books together at night, and she reads all her old picture books still too - but these give her the hunger
to read more and they're usually small enough to keep in her little messenger bag or in my purse.
She started with Magic Trixie
, and is halfway through the Bone
books. I bought her Amelia Rules
, and Sidekicks
last week. She's already re-reading Amelia Rules and is working on earning another for Friday. She told me that Sidekicks is the first book that's ever made her cry. Twice. So I want more books like that, as well as a few for her to grow into. They don't need to be girly, they just need to be great stories.
We are happy to buy books, because we donate them to our school library when we're sure we're done with them, and she's good with that because she knows she can always check them out there. It was great that they had the Percy Jackson
graphic novel, because now she can't wait to read the series - but there's not much so a second part of this is to stock the library for other kids in years to come.
That said, I am also stocking up for the upcoming gift-giving holiday that I still feel it's too early to mention; and while, believe me, I'm sure that soon we'll be living at Little Island Comics
; and we also visit Silver Snail
and will soon hit up the Beguiling
, because we always try to support local and independent bookstores - I'm going to need to buy some online and second-hand, and save some money due to the quantity that she can consume and the difficulty in keeping her stocked via the library. But please do recommend any other Toronto-area stores we should check out that have good second-hand selections.
What isn't working: Though I've left out all my Calvin and Hobbes compendiums and she loves them, they're not so portable. She can read a Mighty Mighty Monsters
book in half an hour, and I need them to last a day or two at least (and be re-readable) or I'll go broke. She liked Copper
well enough, but she prefers a longer story. The Mouse Guard
books are gorgeous, and have a great story and we're reading them together, because the font is too difficult for her to read alone with ease. Tin Tin just hasn't captured her, but we'll keep trying. There was a gorgeous Wizard of Oz graphic novel at the bookstore, but as we skimmed it, she found some of the images too scary. She's okay with "dark", she's okay with enemies and monsters and weird things, but some images are still a little too scary. And, too booby.
post made me think I should check out some older versions of Teen Titans - and considering she made herself her own "Fantastic Girl" costume this past weekend, any superheros would be great. She's loving my husband's vintage...I mean, childhood...Hulk comics. But most important is the storyline - we've tried some of the fairy tales transformed into graphic novels, but the retelling isn't always compelling, and I think she prefers uncharted territory now - not just versions of stories she's familiar with. For the first time, she's reading things her parents have never read and she's said that it's great to have stories in her head that we don't know about so she can tell us
things for a change.
Please help me fill my daughter's head with worlds and characters and stories that I missed out on, because this wasn't ever my thing?