I Don't Like To Read!
November 17, 2010
"I don’t like reading!" "Reading is boring!" These are some of the comments I heard as a reading tutor. Reluctant readers balk when asked to read a full page of text; they feel overwhelmed before they begin.
Getting these readers interested in reading is a challenge. While tutoring, I successfully used a tool which you can find in our library – and it’s free! If you would like to help a reluctant reader or you would like a new reading experience yourself, look into graphic novels.
What are graphic novels?
Graphic novels use sequential art (pictures) and words like comic books, but offer more than just entertainment. They are book-length stories and come in diverse genres. One misconception about graphic novels is that they are not "real" books. Graphic novels do not work the same way as traditional novels but they can be just as relevant and challenging. They are not meant to replace prose but represent an alternative format for readers. They are a good "hook" to grab the attention of reluctant readers.
How do graphic novels help reluctant readers?
• Every person learns in a different way. Graphic novels convey a message in an alternative format which can increase reading comprehension.
• Readers find clues in the pictures which help to demystify text.
• Graphic novels simplify complex topics.
• Graphic novels make reading fun and interesting.
When reluctant readers enjoy a successful reading experience, they gain confidence; their reading skills grow and improve.
Where can I find out more?
• Visit our Parkville Branch and browse our graphic novels. We have one of the largest selections of teen graphic novels as well a full spectrum of junior graphic novels.
• Visit www.noflyingnotights.com, a website devoted to discussion and review of graphic novels.
I love to read!
Remember, graphic novels are not just for reluctant readers. Parkville’s huge selection of graphic novels is in high demand and is extremely popular with a wide range of patrons.
Shake up your reading experience and give graphic novels a try!
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