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It’ Monday! Graphic Novels Too Good to Miss

IMWAYR 2015

In order to prepare for this month’s graphic novel celebration, we scoured our local libraries and ordered many texts online so we could read as many graphic novels as possible. You should see our coffee tables and desks – they are filled with stacks of graphic novels!

Here are three graphic novels that we can’t wait to share with readers in grades 1-4. These texts are sure to have readers laughing, wondering, and thinking well after they finish these stories.

Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan, Maxwell Eaton

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This graphic novel series is absolutely hysterical and filled with teaching opportunities. The beaver brothers, Ace and Bub, have completely different interests but find ways to work together to save Beaver Island from the evil penguins.   As the plot unfolds, we want readers to think about how the passage of time is revealed in this graphic novel. We want to encourage them to notice how Maxwell Eaton uses words, illustrations and text features to indicate time shifts.

We also want to encourage students to think about how the story moves between the main plot and the subplot.  It is a wonderful opportunity to help transitional readers understand that books can have more than one storyline happening simultaneously.

Readers will have to think deeply about these characters in order to understand the humor, the play on words and the sarcasm in this text. There is just so much for students to talk about as they read this book and the others in this series.

Babymouse #19: Bad Babysitter, Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm.

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We love the clever humor, the references to other children’s books, and the important messages in the Babymouse graphic novels.   Babymouse is such a complex character that it is easy to see why young readers can’t get enough of these stories.  In Babymouse #19, students have an opportunity to talk about perseverance. Babymouse keeps trying to babysit even though the first few times don’t work out very well. This is an important book about growth mindset and the power of believing in yourself. We are adding this book to our Pinterest Board titled, Perseverance – Building a Growth Mindset.

 Little Robot, Ben Hatke

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If you are looking for a book about the power of getting to know others who may appear different at first glance, then this is the book for you.   The friendship that forms between Little Robot and a young girl is simply wonderful.

 

We will use this book in classrooms to help students understand how characters’ feelings and ideas can change over the course of a text.  Readers will see that characters can have different points of view based on their own background knowledge and ideas, and how these differences help the characters to learn, grow and change.

It’s not too late to join us for #GNCelebration!  Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Grab a Badge (just copy the URL address of the one above or take a screenshot)
  2. Join the #GNCelebration Google Community
  3. Read Graphic Novels: All you need to do is read and/or reread some graphic novels.  Choose some you want to blog about.
  4. Write Your Post: Each Thursday in October, write a post about graphic novels, a graphic novel series or a graphic novel author.  In your post, please include the age range recommendations for your books and share why you love them so other readers can match books to their students.  If you want to share ideas of how you use these texts instructionally, go for it!
  5. Share Your Post: Each Thursday in October post your blog and link it to the #GNCelebration Google Community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117918938245141547958)
  6. No Blog?: If you don’t have a blog, it is really easy to just post directly into the Google Community without a blog.  We will also be tweeting from the #GNCelebration hashtag.
  7. Comment:  Each Thursday, take some time to read posts from other participants and please comment on at least three

 

 

12 Comments
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    Michele Knott
    Posted at 10:26h, 05 October Reply

    The Beaver Brothers is one I heard about this summer but I haven’t checked it out yet.
    I have Little Robot, just haven’t found the time to read it yet! I will soon!
    Thanks for starting this weekly posting, I got mine done for this week. Looking forward to reading more!

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 23:24h, 05 October Reply

      Hi Michele,

      It has been so much fun to read all of these graphic novels to immerse ourselves in this medium. Looking forward to reading your post on Thursday.

      Best,
      Tammy and Clare

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    Lisa
    Posted at 10:49h, 05 October Reply

    I’m so excited to have the title of another graphic novel I can share with my students. My students just love graphic novels and it sounds like the Flying Beaver Brothers will be one they will love.

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 23:25h, 05 October Reply

      Hi Lisa,

      Please let us know what they think. We would love to hear their thoughts.

      Best,
      Tammy and Clare

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    Ms. Yingling
    Posted at 11:09h, 05 October Reply

    The Beaver Brothers is kind of fun, and Babymouse is still popular in my middle school, although I balk at buying too many of these titles! So many good middle grade novels.

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 23:27h, 05 October Reply

      Hi,

      It is great to have a range of graphic novels. There are so many wonderful options out there for readers of all ages.

      Best,
      Tammy and Clare

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 14:47h, 05 October Reply

    I’ll look for Little Robot which does sound fun, a good one for introducing welcoming differences. Will think about the GN posting, not sure I have time to read more graphic novels, although I do love the Babymouse books. It sounds like a great idea for sharing since so many are being published!

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 23:29h, 05 October Reply

      Hi Linda,

      Babymouse is just one of those books that readers of all ages love. If you don’t have time to post on the #GNCelebration, you can always join the Twitter Chat with Terry Thompson on November 1st at 8pm EST.

      Best,
      Tammy and Clare

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    Jane
    Posted at 23:23h, 05 October Reply

    I really enjoyed Little Robot, I’m always impressed by how much can be conveyed with so few words. And the penguins in The Flying Beaver Brothers were pretty funny, quite a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour in that one. All kid pleasers, so be sure!

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 23:30h, 05 October Reply

      Hi Jane,

      It really is amazing how so much can be explained through the illustrations. What a wonderful medium for students to explore.

      Best,
      Tammy and Clare

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    Laura Cooper
    Posted at 22:27h, 06 October Reply

    I found the Flying Beaver Brothers this summer–I think kids will love them. I also bought The Little Robot as soon as it came out. It has been popular already at school!

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    Myra from GatheringBooks
    Posted at 14:26h, 08 October Reply

    What a wonderful list of graphic novels – we are currently doing a graphic novel reading theme, so this is great. Babymouse is the only title that appears familiar to me.

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