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Subject: Help a Boy Read
Date Posted: 3/9/2017 6:57 PM ET
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Looking for graphics books to encourage a boy, 10, who prefers this style of reading.  His Mom has trouble getting him to read most print books but he has just discovered graphics and loves them.  If you have any send me a pm.  I haven't found much on pbs, just 17 listed.

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Val C. (vcat) - ,
Date Posted: 3/9/2017 7:52 PM ET
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I just tried searching using "graphics" in search bar. It sent me to the advanced search page where you can select  genrue of Comics & Graphics.  When selected it will let you select more specific areas such as novels.  I saw a few children's though I didn't look specifically for Posted books. Hope that helps.


Date Posted: 3/10/2017 11:34 AM ET
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Try "Manga" then sort to just posted and you'll get 100.

Date Posted: 3/10/2017 1:14 PM ET
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R E K,

Try the following Genre's:

Comics and Graphic Novels, and also Humor and Entertainment - also ocassionally under Childrens Books, as well as Teen & Young Adults. 

I learned to really enjoy reading when I was in the 3rd grade - books of choice were the collected comics of so many authors - these were the comics that you saw in the newspapers and magazines - the best were Chase Adams (The Addams Family of the New Yorker magazine from the 30-50's) - they taught me to pay attention to what was in front of me, a lot of his 'artwork' had no captions to read, you had to read it from the picture from what was there as well as what was not there. Made you analyze what you were seeing. They were wonderful.

Charles Shultz of Peanuts fame - don't need to say more - if you can find them try and get the collected Sunday Cartoons as they usually tell a full story on one page. 

Garfield (the Cat by Jim Davis), Mutts (the Cat & the Dog by Patrick McDonnell), Beetle Bailey (the Soldier by Mort Walker), Family Circus (by Bill Keane), Fox Trot (by Bill Amend) - the list is endless.

You may have a hard time finding these here at PBS as many of them are Wish Listed - you'll have to get in line. 

Another option is the (new) Comics by Marvel or DC Comics - these are Spiderman, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, The Silver Surfer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The X-MEN. (all Marvel Super Heroes) - For the DC Universe: Supeman, Batman, The Green Latern, The Green Arrow, Supegirl, Wonder Woman etc

Also - back in my day they had a comic book series which us kids did not liike (but read anyways) was The Illustrated Classics - you can find them here on occasion.


Good Luck and happy reading!




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Date Posted: 3/10/2017 2:54 PM ET
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Neil Gaimen (author) has a few that I believe are age appropriate.

Date Posted: 3/13/2017 5:44 PM ET
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Find out if he likes superhero movies.  Then search on those characters and you'll find a lot of books - Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, etc.  They won't necessarily be graphic format, but it may encourage him to read books without illustrations as well.  Comic books are also a great idea.


Date Posted: 3/14/2017 3:27 PM ET
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Thanks to all of you for help.  I will check on what he likes for superheros, Jeff.  That's a great idea.  One friend has four books for him and two for me.  What a deal!  And, I know that Neil Gaimen has some wonderful books many of which I have read even in graphic form.  The hope is that he will transition to other books.  And, Danny I did check graphics on pbs.  Found that Amazon has a listing for children his age, too, so we'll see if he likes those ordered here.  Enough for now everyone!