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History and Graphics

History and Graphics

May 30, 2023

Even as a child, I loved reading about history. However, I was an outlier among my peers. Unfortunately, history as a subject is something that young people often find hard to relate to. Of course, the emphasis in school on dry information like dates and places might be partly to blame. The fact that history books can be very boring if not written in an engaging way also doesn’t help.

The Summer Library Program has once again come upon us. Sadly, when children are looking for books to read during the next couple of months, there probably won’t be many searching for a story set in the past. After all, school is out and who wants to feel like they are still learning? But what if there was a way to get kids excited about reading a history book?

This is where historical graphic novels come into play. While a dull recitation of places and people may not delight children, a story told through vibrant pictures might just do the trick. Nowadays, there are many graphic novels that tell true tales set in the past, and these can be perfect to introduce children to how exciting the subject of history can be.

Below are some great choices to put in front of a reluctant history reader this summer:

As you can see in the above examples, graphic novels cover all different types of events from the past. And doing so through pictures and exciting illustrations might just be the spark a child needs to become a true lover of history.

Pamela M.
Antioch Branch

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