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  • Cullowhee Valley Elementary School
  • Cullowhee, NC
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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One of my goals as a teacher is to foster a love of reading in my students. I am a firm believer of "If a student claims they don't like reading, they haven't found the right book." Currently in our class library, we have two graphic novels. They have been picked up by so many students that the pages are falling apart and students have been *begging* for more graphic novel choices. The school library mainly houses Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but I wanted my students to be exposed to graphic novels that showcased a variety of characters. When choosing what graphic novels I would like to add in my classroom library, I took a few things in consideration. I noted the diversity of my students and wanted to choose books that they could relate to or "see" themselves in. It was important to me to include books that had a wide range of characters in order to ensure that my library is representative of different people. In addition, I also thought about my students' interests. With that being said, you will see a little bit of everything on my book wish list! There are mythical topics such as dragons, but also more serious topics such as refugee experiences. Graphic novels provide students with picture support and engagement in what they are reading. Because of the picture support, graphic novels are especially beneficial for striving readers. I once had a student tell me they loved reading graphic novels because they "could see the book playing out" in his mind. My students love graphic novels and I want to encourage them to keep reading! Please consider helping me put these books in my students' hands!

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One of my goals as a teacher is to foster a love of reading in my students. I am a firm believer of "If a student claims they don't like reading, they haven't found the right book." Currently in our class library, we have two graphic novels. They have been picked up by so many students that the pages are falling apart and students have been *begging* for more graphic novel choices. The school library mainly houses Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but I wanted my students to be exposed to graphic novels that showcased a variety of characters. When choosing what graphic novels I would like to add in my classroom library, I took a few things in consideration. I noted the diversity of my students and wanted to choose books that they could relate to or "see" themselves in. It was important to me to include books that had a wide range of characters in order to ensure that my library is representative of different people. In addition, I also thought about my students' interests. With that being said, you will see a little bit of everything on my book wish list! There are mythical topics such as dragons, but also more serious topics such as refugee experiences. Graphic novels provide students with picture support and engagement in what they are reading. Because of the picture support, graphic novels are especially beneficial for striving readers. I once had a student tell me they loved reading graphic novels because they "could see the book playing out" in his mind. My students love graphic novels and I want to encourage them to keep reading! Please consider helping me put these books in my students' hands!

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