New at Peter White Public Library
What’s New at PWPL: Early Reader Graphic Novels
For kids gaining confidence in their reading abilities, graphic novels can be an appealing tool to help them transition from picture books to longer materials. While some of the most popular children’s graphic novel series are better suited for late elementary students, there are plenty of options for early readers in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Here are some of the newest titles we have for this age group on our shelves – starting with the most simple and increasing in complexity (in terms of characterization, plot and vocabulary choices) down the list.
Unicorn & Yeti: Stuck With You by Heather Ayris Burnell
This latest Unicorn & Yeti story features the titular characters exploring ways to have fun together, as they share stickers and bubble-gum. The friendship between the characters and simplicity of the text is reminiscent of the Elephant & Piggie series, with an added hint of magic. The bright, rainbow-filled Unicorn & Yeti books are part of Scholastic’s Acorn line, which is geared towards the earliest readers, and features a slim, compact format.
Sir Ladybug & The Bookworms by Corey Tabor
Sir Ladybug is an engaging and amusing protagonist for kids who enjoy graphic novels with a plot. In The Bookworms, Sir Ladybug embarks on a quest to return a library book before it is overdue. Charming illustrations and fun puns abound, without detracting from Sir Ladybug’s mission. While The Bookworms is technically the third book in the Sir Ladybug series, the stories can stand alone or be read out of order.
The Wolf Suit by Sid Sharp
For a more contemplative graphic novel that is accessible to younger kids, try The Wolf Suit. In this gentle story with moody illustrations, a nervous sheep lives alone in the woods. One day, the sheep has an idea to create a wolf costume, so that he can move around the forest without fear. All seems to be going well, until some real wolves take an interest in him. This story ended up on multiple “Best of 2022” lists, and can lead to thoughtful conversations about belonging and fear.
Adventures of Team Pom by Isabel Roxas (series)
In this fast-paced and exuberant series, a group of girls in Queens have big goals to become synchronized swimmers, but accidentally become entangled in an evil plot involving a giant squid. Astute readers will enjoy finding many details packed into the illustrations. The writer tosses in some complicated vocabulary here and there (in the style of Pheobe & Her Unicorn) which adds to the energy of the story.