Despite their bad reputation, comic books are actually great for kids, teaching them how to read both words as well as images in one fell swoop. They also help enforce the concept that you can take hints about the text from the images and vice versa.
Plus, they're particularly good at catching (and keeping) the attention of beginner and reluctant readers alike, who feel less overwhelmed at the amount of text per page and end up reading more than they realize.
In short, comics are just great, okay? When in doubt, go for comics.
The three titles below are some of our favourite graphic novels featuring spunky, strong heroines and that are marketed for 8 to 12 year-olds (though we think they're worth a read even if you're a teen or a grownup). All of them can be found in our catalogue.
The Olga series by Elise Gravel (Canadian author!)
This series starts out with “Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere", about a young scientist who is the first to discover a species she dubs olgamus ridiculus. With the help of some of her friends, she sets forth to do some science and research the creature she has uncovered.
The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
When Emily and Navin’s dad dies in a car accident, their mom decides to move them to their ancestral home. There, Emily comes across a magical amulet and a door to another world which she is tasked with saving with the help of her brother and some robot friendss. The journey won’t be easy or safe, and using the amulet’s power may come at a price…
El Deafo by Cece Bell
A semi-autobiographical story about Cece, who’s transferring to a school with kids who aren’t deaf. She’s being made to wear a clunky, powerful hearing aid to help her hear the teacher, which she’s not so thrilled about…. Until she makes the discovery that her hearing aid is so powerful that she can hear her teacher from anywhere in the school! (Note: There is some mild swearing at one point in the story)
By Alice Flecha (Volunteer Blogger)