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Barack Obama - Graphic Biographies The Swiss Family Robinson – Early Elementary Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin
George Eastman and the Kodak Camera Hedy Lamarr and a Secret Communication System Henry Ford and the Model T
Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion Johann Gutenberg and the Printing Press Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine
Levi Strauss and Blue Jeans Louis Pasteur and Pasteurization Marie Curie and Radioactivity
Philo Farnsworth and the Television Samuel Morse and the Telegraph Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and the Personal Computer
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor The Challenger Explosion The Donner Party
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The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 The Hindenburg Disaster Shackleton and the Lost Antarctic Expedition
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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Disasters in History Franklin Roosevelt - Graphic Biographies The Amazing Story of the Internal Combustion Engine
True Stories of the Civil War True Stories of the Revolutionary War True Stories of World War I
True Stories of World War II A Christmas Carol The New World - Graphic U.S. History
The Fight For Freedom - Graphic U.S. History The U.S. Emerges - Graphic U.S. History Problems of a New Nation - Graphic U.S. History
Americans Move Westward - Graphic U.S. History Before the Civil War - Graphic U.S. History The Civil War - Graphic U.S. History
The Industrial Era - Graphic U.S. History America Becomes a World Power - Graphic U.S. History The Roaring Twenties & the Great Depression  - Graphic U.S. History
World War II & The Cold War  - Graphic U.S. History The Civil Rights Movement & Vietnam - Graphic U.S. History Globalization - Graphic U.S. History
Batman Science Superman Science A Family Secret
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The Search Graphic Shakespeare The United States Constitution Graphic Novel
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Max Axiom Natural Disasters Set of 3 The Search and The Family Secret Graphic Novels The Action Bible
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Experienced parents know that the amount of reading their child does will have a direct and positive impact on his reading fluency and vocabulary development. That is why graphic novels--which we used to refer to as comic books--though once relegated to the category of lowbrow reading, are now experiencing a surge in popularity.

You may think that the comic book medium is primarily for mainstream American children who are peppered by snack-size visual and audio bombardment. If you desire that your children slow down and feast on the written word, then you may cringe at the idea of a graphic novel version of Moby Dick. But before you issue a home-wide ban on these books, consider the following.

If you have a reluctant or beginning reader, your first concern should be for fluidity and competency. You will find that the graphic novel's illustrations draw your child in even as the vocabulary becomes more complex. Then, because the graphics are so attention-grabbing, children often find themselves reading for pleasure.

If your reluctant reader is an older child, your main concern may be making sure that he is culturally savvy. With graphic novels, vocabulary is introduced via contextual clues, making great literature accessible to more children. The interesting pictures and snappy dialogue, with little-to-no narration to bog the reader down, will encourage independent reading and learning. As the child's competence and confidence grow, so will his joy of literacy.

Even if your older child is a competent reader, he will enjoy taking a break from the verbally intense books characteristic of higher-level learning to enjoy a more visual form of storytelling. A 2006 study found that the amount of reading children did for fun decreased from the time they were eight through the teen years. Graphic books can re-engage them in the delights of reading for leisure as well as for learning.

There are children who may never read for pleasure; God just might have wired them differently. But most children, from the reluctant, faltering reader to the brilliant but easily bored adolescent, will find graphic novels intriguing.