Serious summer reading?

In preparation for completing summer reading lists, librarians are devoting more shelf space than ever to graphic novels.

Because this genre fills the gap between screens and a traditional print book, graphic novels often appeal to reluctant readers or students with limited English language skills.

This summer, “light novels,” which are text-only novels based on comics, will appeal to many of these same students.

Some parents don’t see these books as serious reading, but as an educator, I’m glad to see options for kids who might otherwise struggle to complete summer reading assignments.

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