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Subject: Teacher needing advice on graphic novels
Date Posted: 7/16/2008 9:18 AM ET
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I teach learning disabled and cognitively delayed students in an elementary school, so my kids range in age from 5-12.  I want to add some comic books and graphic novels to my classroom library, but haven't come across anything that appropriate for that age range.  Mostly I'm looking to focus on my 3rd-5th graders, so ages 8-12.  Way back in the dark ages (the sixties and seventies, LOL) I remember reading Richie Rich, Little Lotta, silly comics that were appropriate for kids.  Now it seems that everything I've come across is teen to adult oriented.  I've seen some of the classics in graphic novel form, but most of those are too difficult for my students.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 11:54 AM ET
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I've seen Archie comic books at the checkout line at the grocery.  They are smaller than the original comic book size, and are more "book-like."

There's a new series I saw at our library...something about a mouse... it was more girly and had pink/black and white in the text...I'll have to search it up...it's definitely for younger readers.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 11:57 AM ET
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That's a place for me to start.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 12:05 PM ET
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I've found some Mickey Mouse Graphic Novels...for some reason the card catalog at our libray is down so I can't access but I'll find it eventually.

My Dad used to read the comics out of thenews paper to me..Peanuts was my favorite...you may be able to find some old Peanuts books.

I found it, it's Babymouse, I just love this one!



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Date Posted: 7/16/2008 12:07 PM ET
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*slaps head*  Peanuts!  Of course!  My 19-year old is a huge Peanuts fan; I can't believe they never occurred to me.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 12:11 PM ET
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Didja see the Babymouse!? And don't forget Garfield!!!  :)

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 3:54 PM ET
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My son is 8 and loves Calvin and Hobbes!!!

 

PS-I LOVED the  Richie Rich,Scrooge MCduck comics:)  Archie arestill good ones too:)

Stcay

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 5:16 PM ET
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Sandy I found a website about Snoopy..it looks really cute!

 

www.Snoopy.com



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Date Posted: 7/17/2008 5:23 PM ET
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How cute!  I might even be able to access it from my classroom, if the internet censor software doesn't strangle it.  Thanks.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 7:34 PM ET
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Phonics Comics are GREAT there looks to be at least a couple posted in the PBS system and they are also in the children's book section in places like walmart. 

Another one... Disney has "Disney Junior Graphic Novels" out now (I've seen: Nemo, Lion King, Lilo and Stich and Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End )

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 7:47 PM ET
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Never heard of Phonics Comics but those sound perfect.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 1:10 PM ET
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Discovery Comics has an educational comic series which are about science, safety, and citizenship.  Their addy is http://discoverycomics.com/

The Wireman comics focus on sight words for advancing grade levels (plus there is supplementary material available which gives "assignments" to strengthen reading and writing skills).  Their site is http://wiremancomics.com/index.html

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has released some comics to increase knowledge of Native Americans.  Again, these are available with teacher's guides (although they are a little more advanced than the others) http://www.millelacsojibwe.org/herosvoice.asp

There are also a number of educational comics available for free (we all know how much teacher's love/need free stuff) from PBS, the US Mint, and the American Legion.  Also, I remeber (but haven't been able to locate) comics which tell classic stories and are based on historical events and figures of historical importance, some are available at EZ comics.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 5:08 PM ET
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Sheena, Wireman looks amazing!  I'm going to work on the dept. to see if I can get them to buy some for me.  They're a little more than I can comfortably afford on my own, but after reading the first issue (free download), I'm sold.  I've gotten freebie comics from a number of sites before, but they've been met with zero enthusiasm, but I keep trying.  I'll be checking out the other sites you suggested as well.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 11:51 AM ET
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There are a series of Graphic Histories and biographies (comics)  from Capstone Press, and Bentley Boyd's Chester Crab comics (also history). Here is a link for high interest for low skilled readers:  http://fosteringandadoptingolderchildren.yuku.com/topic/4092/t/high-interest-reading-material-for-low-skilled-readers.html