My First Graphic Novel is a series of graphic novels for kindergarten through second grade kids. The books are not serialized so children do not have to worry about connecting the story from book to book. Published by Stone Arch Books in connection with Capstone Publishing, the series is written like emergent readers for children just learning how to read. Unlike most children’s books and early readers, the My First Graphic Novel series uses comic book panels to house illustrations instead of the one picture per page format seen in most children’s books.
I have introduced these books to my five year old son as part of our homeschool reading curriculum. The My First Graphic Novel books have been a great addition to our kindergarten/first grade themed unit studies. We have found that the sentence length is perfect for his reading level, and the sentences provide plenty of sight words and decodable words to practice. My son likes using these books for guided reading after completing our Jolly Phonics work. We usually read three to four pages a day. By the end of the week he can read the book on his own,and has added a few new words to his vocabulary. The illustrations in each book are bright and depict the story well, which helps a great deal with figuring out unknown words. These kids graphic novels also include a diverse cast of characters that cover a range of topics from sports and mysteries to transportation and bullying.
- easy to read and understand
- bright pictures
- not serial like some comics
- includes a “How to Read Graphic Novels” section at the beginning of each book
- includes a glossary, about the author, about the illustrator, discussion questions and writing prompts at the end of each book
- there are not currently any books for readers above a 3rd grade reading level