If you have a minute on this quiet, snowy day, this video is an amazing explanation about the power of comic books (which many people call graphic novels). I have had many students at HBS explain that they are “not allowed” to read graphic novels from either a parental edict or at the gentle suggestion by their teachers that they can read “better” books. I do understand this inclination to dismiss this medium of content delivery, but listen to Gene Luen Yang, a former Ambassador for Children’s Literature (it’s 4 minutes of your time) and maybe ask yourself, when did we start putting a qualifier on reading? And what does that tell the child/reader before you about the reading choices to which he or she is gravitating if the books that they LOVE are being defined by people that they respect as “less than”. All food for thought.
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