Books to read
The value of Graphic Novels
Graphic novels can be enjoyed from childhood through to adulthood. They also can be a valuable resource for readers needing support. With the emphasis placed in telling the story through images; graphic novels can make stories accessible to all readers regardless of the reading ability. The Invercargill Public library offers a wide collection of graphic novels, covering a range of genres and topics, including nonfiction, to cater for the interests of all ages and genders. They are incredibly popular with Library users in both the Children’s and Adult’s sections.
They can be used to bridge the gap for a reader until they are ready for the books in text format…
Publishers now provide most popular series and books in graphic and text formats, opening stories up to a much wider audience and level of readers who otherwise would not be able to access these. They can be used to bridge the gap for a reader until they are ready for the books in text format and allows readers to share and enjoy the stories their peers are reading.
Just a few of the examples from the Children’s collection:
- Geronimo Stilton
- Nancy Drew
- Series by Dav Pilkey
- Alex Rider – Antony Horowitz
- Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
- Maximum Ride and Daniel X – James Patterson
- Seekers and Warriors series – Erin Hunter
- Baby Sitters Club – Ann Martin
- Big Nate – Lincoln Peirce
For Young Adults (there may be mature content in this collection but will not be listed below)
- Robert Muchmore
- James Patterson
- Antony Horowitz
- Miss Penegrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series
- Jane Austen
- Charles Darwin
- Catherine Mansfield
Come and check out the selection we have on offer!
By Hailey Cundall, Learning Connections Coordinator, Invercargill City Library
Book review - The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep
By Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin
If you have a child who cannot settle at night or has anxiety problems and cannot sleep I highly recommend you try this book. I was very sceptical when I was told about this book, my curiosity was aroused however as I have a 4yr old grandson who cannot settle well at night and thought I would use him as my guinea pig. I have yet to find out how this lovely book ends as all five children I have read it to now have all fallen asleep well before the end!
How can this work you may well ask? The author has given instructions inside the cover on how to use your voice and where to change the sound of it, you the reader yawn in places and use the person’s name in the story at intervals. This book is for listening too not showing pictures to the person so they have to concentrate on your voice and not get distracted by other thoughts.
In this book Peter Rabbit and his Mum take a walk to Uncle Yawns place so he can put Peter to sleep as he has done many times before.
Since I have been reading this book to my grandchildren they have all had improved sleeping habits which has taken about three weeks to become a solid pattern of 8-12hrs of sleep each night.
I highly recommend this book it will take the worry and anxiety away in a very simple way.
By Adele Hibbs, consultant with Dyslexia Support Southland