Our children’s graphic novel section has something for all levels of kid readers, from preschool to junior high, including award-winning titles and popular series. Here you can find graphic novels of all kinds – fantasy, science fiction, adventure, history, biography and more! A graphic novel is a book in which the story or information is conveyed through a combination of words and illustrations. Graphic novels are great resources for reluctant and struggling readers and help young readers of all reading levels to develop visual literacy skills.
What’s a web comic? A web comic is a comic that is posted on a website. They come in all styles and forms, from manga to graphic novels to comic strips. Some are published as books, and some are exclusively found online. They can be about all different types of subjects and can have genres ranging from fantasy to sci-fi to comedy. If you’re new to web comics and aren’t sure what’s out there, check out Good Comics For Kids or Kidjutsu: Comics For Kids!
Here are some specific kid-friendly web comics:
Count Your Sheep by Adrian Ramos
Earthsong by Crystal Yates
Inverloch by Sarah Ellerton
The Last of the Polar Bears by Lindsay Cibos
Little Dee by Chris Baldwin
Here are some specific teen-friendly web comics:
The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
Beaver and Steve by James Turner
Cat and Girl by Dorothy Gambrell
Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell
Kukuburi by Ramon Perez
TUNE by Derek Kirk Kim, illustrated by Les McClaine
Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Khalil
Seventeen new teen graphic novels have just been added to the permanent collection, thanks to the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. Already on the shelves, the new purchases include a variety of graphic novels, both new releases and other popular award-winning titles from recent years. Several of the titles were featured on the 2012 Great Graphic Novels list from the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Libraries Association. The titles include work from Eisner Award winning authors, including Brian Michael Bendis, Brian K. Vaughan, Robert Kirkman and Derek Kirk Kim. A few series titles were also purchased including Runaways, Naruto and the new Avengers Academy series.
Once thought only for kids who were considered “reluctant readers”, graphic novels are actually for everyone. The format merges literacy and visual literacy by requiring that readers make the connection between the written words and images, while also reading between the panels. This encourages a new kind of literacy, vital in interacting with and succeeding in our multimedia world.
The new books are: Daybreak by Brian Ralph; Takio #1 by Brian Michael Bendis; One Soul by Ray Fawkes; Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim; Thor the Mighty Avenger by Roger Langridge; Runaways #1, #2, and #3 by Brian K. Vaughan; The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman; Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod; Avengers Academy #1 and #2 by Christos Gage; Scarlet by Brian Michael Bendis; I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly; and Naruto #1, #2, and #3 by Masashi Kishimoto.
All titles will be in the Young Adult section at the Library and can be borrowed for up to 21 days with a library card from any library in the Mid-Hudson Library System. They may also be ordered via the online catalog.
Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the Library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the Library’s services to the community.