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Batman Science 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Early Elementary Black Beauty - Early Elementary
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Gulliver's Travels - Early Elementary The Hound of the Baskervilles - Early Elementary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - Early Elementary
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Robin Hood – Early Elementary The Swiss Family Robinson – Early Elementary
The Time Machine - Early Elementary Treasure Island - Early Elementary The War of the Worlds – Early Elementary
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde The Hunchback of Notre Dame Spying
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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 Thomas Edison and the Lightbulb The Wright Brothers and the Airplane
The Adventures of Marco Polo The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln The Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of the Alamo Betsy Ross and the American Flag The Boston Massacre
The Battle of the Alamo
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The Boston Massacre
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The Boston Tea Party The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft Buffalo Soldiers and the American West
The Boston Tea Party
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The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad The Creation of the U.S. Constitution The First Moon Landing
The First Moon Landing
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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry John Sutter and the California Gold Rush
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Lords of the Sea: The Vikings Explore the North Atlantic The Mystery of the Roanoke Colony
Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion Paul Revere's Ride Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Paul Revere's Ride
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The Salem Witch Trials The Sinking of the Titanic The Story of Jamestown
The Salem Witch Trials
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The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner The Story of the Statue of Liberty The Voyage of the Mayflower
Winter at Valley Forge Young Riders of the Pony Express The Apollo 13 Mission
Winter at Valley Forge
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The Apollo 13 Mission
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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.