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My almost eight year old girls are swimming in the seas of graphic novels. They started with the popular "classics" of Smile and Sisters. I read these books years ago, but cannot recall the details of the content. I wonder if it's appropriate for second graders, but I understand that some things will just go over their heads. I decided I better reread these books, but also thought about introducing them to another graphic novel series I thought they would enjoy: Babymouse.
I brought home the first five books in the series and Peyton devoured three of them in two days. I agreed to bring home the rest of the series -- all 20 of them -- for spring break. She finds pockets of time to read and she told me tonight that she only has three books left to read in the series.
I teased her, "So, when someone asks you what you did over spring break, you can tell them you read all 20 books in the Babymouse series!"
"Yeah. I wonder what series I should read next," she pondered.
"Well, I also brought home the Bad Guys series and you started The Babysitter's Club graphic novel series too. You could also read something that is not a graphic novel ..." I suggested.
"Nah. I'm really liking graphic novels now," she stated matter-of-factly.
That's what I love to hear: A reader who knows what she wants to read and is already thinking about her next book.