"Well, we have a wonderful selection of graphic novels that I'm sure he'll enjoy," came the reply.
Really? Must we always default to graphic novels for boys assuming that they can't or won't read actual books?
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Now don't get me wrong. I think the graphic novel shelf at my library here in Mayberry has its place (way, way, way back in the dimly-lit, far corner...ahem!). Sadly, however, it has quietly invaded an entire section of the children's wing creating quite a disparaging forecast for societal ignorance...the tyranny of the trendy...if ya' ask me.
Boys were made for more than this! I wanted to scream when the pair whizzed past me on their way to the "wonderful selection." They need more than just uncomplicated story-lines haphazardly pieced together with thought bubbles. They deserve better than Sunday morning comic strips masquerading as "novels."
As that well-meaning mother perused the graphic novels, I hung my head.
I looked around at all the wonderfully-captivating books in the library and wondered if her young son would ever have a chance to read some of the greats. Or if he would always be relegated to twaddle simply because no one had the forethought to point him in a different direction?
I suppose I'll never know.
One thing's for sure, though, had she asked me for a book suggestion that day, I would have offered up the following titles, a timeless collection of stories that every young boy MUST READ!
20 must-read chapter books for young boys
Five True Dog Stories
McBroom's Wonderful One Acre Farm
Mice of the Herringbone and others in the series
Mr. Popper's Penguins
My Father's Dragon and others in the series
Ribsy and others in the series
Squanto, Friend of Pilgrims
The Bears of Hemlock Mountain
The Boxcar Children
The Chocolate Touch
The Mouse and the Motorcycle and others in the series
The Swiss Family Robinson
The Sword in the Tree
Twenty and Ten
More books for boys
For more great book suggestions, be sure to head to iHomeschool Network and check out the Massive Guide to Homeschool Reading Lists!