Looking for a great book that your child will not be able to stop reading?
Looking for a book that explores tragedy and triumph, the search for a home and even has a bit of romance?
Looking to explore themes such as empathy and kindness or how about persistence?
Dogman has all of these features yet we rarely think to include it as must read material for young readers. I can’t think of a better series that is accessible to every level of learner from emergent reader to reading with fluency. Even the youngest of children can use the pictures to tell the story.
Books like Dogman are often frowned upon by parents because it’s in a graphic novel format and doesn’t resemble the books we were reading in the younger grades. It’s human nature to be skeptical of the unfamiliar. Graphic novels can be as cognitively challenging as the more traditional long form of a novel. Dogman has all of the characteristics of good literature with strong relatable characters who fight evil and wrong doers for exciting conflicts and resolutions.
Reading is a very personal and private pursuit but it is also a bridge to the world. When an entire generation of young kids loves a book series, the adults need to pay attention and embrace it if we are going to raise a generation of kids who love to read. Literacy, in the younger grades is about learning to read, as well as building a relationship with reading that will last a lifetime. Happy readers are lifelong readers. Embrace Dogman.