The branch were I work has graphic novels, but no comic books (I'm not sure if other branches have them or not.) I've posted before about my frustration with children (and parents) going to the YA section for graphic novels, with the belief that because it's "comics" it will be age appropriate, despite the fact that the item is found in the YA area.* So I'm always happy to see graphic novels for children so that they can find materials that are appropriate for them.
I'm not the only one musing over this issue, and here are some interesting recent posts on it:
Finding Wonderland: The Writing YA Weblog talks about graphic novels, comic books, manga, and asks questions about the ages for these materials.
Read Roger muses about where graphic novels fit in with ALA awards.
Melissa Wiley (Here in the Bonny Glen) first asks about age appropriate comic books for children, and revisits the question, adding this time whether it's important for kids to read comics. (And by the way? Melissa's husband writes & edits comic books for a living.)
Melissa at Pop Goes the Library often posts about GNs and comics: Comic Books, a new kind of magazine?; and New Comic Readers: what do they read? are two examples.
*And for the most part, when I'm in conversation with the parents, many (either remembering, rightly or wrongly, comics from their own childhood or not being familiar with the format at all) assume "pictures, oh, of course it's kid-friendly." While I would never tell someone "you cannot check that out," it is my job to make sure that parents are aware that pictures do not equal "good for all ages."
Thursday, December 07, 2006
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