Graphic Novels have only been growing in popularity for some time now and are a fantastic way to keep children and teenagers reading. Graphic novels improve literacy and can give a sense of satisfaction to a child who wouldn't normally read novels. Finishing a book can give children an immense confidence boost and graphic novels are sometimes the easiest way to do so.
For fans of Dogman that may be struggling to move on to something else, I would recommend Evil Emperor Penguin by Laura Ellen Anderson. A hilarious supervillain penguin plots to take over the world with his sidekicks Eugene and Number 8. A funny story both children and adults will enjoy! For 9-12 year olds who like more contemporary stories Aoife Dooley's Frankie's World has mystery and family at its heart. Frankie is different to her classmates and believes that if she can find her dad she will get all of the answers. A brilliant book that shows the reader what it's like for some autistic children in school and day to day life.
For children who love Dork Diaries but won't read anything else The Babysitter's Club graphic novels based on the books by Ann M. Martin are an amazing place to start. With themes of frienship and independence these are a brilliant way to keep children reading.
For teenagers, the Heartstopper series has gotten teenagers who never read before into reading. One book that I recently enjoyed and gave me the same cosy, happy feelings as Nick and Charlie was Crumbs by Danie Stirling. Don't forget that if you don't see anything here of interest you can alway pop in store and ask our very experienced staff!
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Children's Story Time With Amy
Amy reads 'The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book' - A playful rhyming story by Lucy Rowland, with hilarious illustrations from Ben Mantle. When Ben's mum gets distracted halfway through his bedtime story, he decides to finish the tale himself. There's only one problem – he can't quite read yet. To Ben's surprise, the three little pigs come knocking on the door, and the big bad wolf isn't far behind... But this time, will the story have a different ending? Click here to watch the latest episode of Story Time With Amy.
Amy reads 'Wee Donkey's Treasure Hunt' - The Jeanie Johnston (Dublin), Glendalough, Blarney castle, Giant’s Causeway, Tara, the sea on the Wild Atlantic Way and the Book of Kells in Trinity are just a few of the places Wee Donkey visits to bring her grandad a souvenir. . . Click here to watch!
Amy reads 'The Girl and the Dinosaur' - A masterpiece of storytelling with evocative and stunning illustrations, destined to be read for years to come. The wishing stars burn bright tonight, the air is thick with dreams, And a deeply sleeping dinosaur is waking up, it seems . . . . Click here to watch!
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