Friday, December 10, 2004

Graphic novels as a learning tool

The Orlando Sentinel (registration required) notices that more schools and libraries are turning to graphic novels in hopes of reaching struggling or disinterested readers. And it seems to be working.

Although graphic novels constitute less than 1 percent of the books in Boynton Beach Community High School's library, they sometimes account for half the books that students check out. The library has built a collection of 1,400 graphic novels in the past two years:

"If I get a new load of graphic novels, I can't even get them out and they're all, like, attacking them."