Like Emily Meixner’s niece, my 8-year-old niece loves graphic novels. The genre is one readers of all ages and genre preferences can enjoy. Take a few moments out of your day to read Meixner’s account of her niece’s love of this novel form, her own experience with them, and a list of recommended graphic novel reading.
My eight-year-old niece loves graphic novels. She ingests them voraciously, and when I saw her during the winter holidays, ninety percent of that time she was reading. Truth be told, I didn’t actually see her all that much – I just saw her fingers and the top of her head. That’s her in the photo below reading through dinner at a local restaurant.
Watching her that particular night as she tuned out everyone else at the table, I was reminded of myself at that age, hunkered down, hidden behind the newspaper and magazine rack at my dad’s pharmacy with a stack of Richie Rich and Archie comics in my lap. Watching my niece tear through Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, I remembered how I would sit legs-crossed, shoulders hunched forward, my lower back pressed against that green wooden rack as I poured over each new volume, imaging what it might be…
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