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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Geese Are Here & So Are Graphic Novels

This was  from Word Press, I didn't want ya'll to miss anything .
 
The snowbirds arrived on Thanksgiving and this means winter is here. When geese start to show up, so do the other “snowbirds” or winter Texans with their RVs. At Whataburger this morning, the seniors were attacking the free coffee. This happens when you live in a touristy kinda place.

But what a spectacular sight!

I spent Black Friday and the rest of the weekend eating leftovers and searching graphic novels for my 4th grade reader. In case you haven’t seen, graphic novels are everywhere!  My girl has always read Japanese books or Manga. The attraction being, they tell fascinating stories and read backwards, or right to left. Also, most adults can’t easily read them.
 
But now the comic world has crossed into mainstream books. My college kids and elementary reader can’t seem to put them down. I never read comics as a kid and personally not into them. But children are drawn to visual media these days, so this doesn’t surprise me. And who knows, maybe Pixie will be sucked in a graphic novel on one of her upcoming journeys.
 
I will say that graphic novels have got kids reading. And what a great tool for pushing along reluctant readers. But most of the elementary teachers and librarians I’ve talked to haven't joined the graphic novel bandwagon. Mainly because they don’t make good classroom read-alouds or guided readings. And kids are leaving the school library bookless when the graphic novels are checked out. There are both pros and cons here, but as long as children are getting a well balanced literary diet, they’ll continue to grow as readers.
 
Top Shelf Graphic Novels  
 
These are my 4th graders books. My personal favorite is Ghosts.  
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    https://www.amazon.com/Stonekeeper-Amulet-1-Kazu-Kibuishi/dp/0439846811/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482245212&sr=1-1&keywords=amulet+1        https://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Raina-Telgemeier/dp/0545540623/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482245136&sr=1-1&keywords=ghosts+raina+telgemeier   https://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Side-Up-Jennifer-Holm/dp/0545741661/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482245168&sr=1-1&keywords=sunny+side+up+book
  
https://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Ride-Manga-Vol-1/dp/0759529515/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482244827&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=maximum+ride+graphich+novel++1        https://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Ride-Manga-Vol-2/dp/075952968X/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482244900&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=maximum+ride+graphich+novel+2        https://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Ride-Manga-Vol-3/dp/0759529698/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482244948&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=maximum+ride+graphich+novel+3