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These Ain’t Your Average Comic Books: 10 Graphic Novels Parents Should Read

By Brian Gresko |

I love to read, but by the time the tot’s in bed – after all that playing, and then cleaning up, dinner to cook, bath time, catch up with my wife, answer emails, etc. etc. – I’m exhausted. My attention span shot, I only make it through a few pages of a novel before drifting to sleep. And nonfiction? Might as well try reading a textbook. I go right out.

What can a book lover like me do? I’ve devised two solutions: short stories (more on that later), and graphic novels.

Once the realm of teenagers, the comic book has come of age these days. Graphic novels – illustrated stories that unfold with the depth and complexity of a traditional novel – tackle superheros, but also parent-child relationships, family secrets, political situations, you name it. In the hands of a master, the pages of a graphic novel are organized and illustrated with intention, flair, and true beauty. Being less word heavy than novels, and often divided into easy-to-digest chapters, graphic novels provide all the entertainment, emotion, and intellectual stimulation of reading a book, but they go down a little easier, I think.

Interested in giving one a try? Here are 10 graphic novels that will appeal to parents in particular.

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These Ain’t Your Average Comic Books: 10 Graphic Novels Parents Should Read


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About Brian Gresko


Brian Gresko

Brian Gresko is a stay-at-home dad and writer based in Brooklyn. He is the editor of the anthology When I First Held You, featuring 22 critically acclaimed authors on fatherhood, due out on May 6th from Berkley Books. He has contributed to numerous publications, including The Huffington Post, The, Salon, and The Daily Beast. Find him online at his site, Brian Gresko. Read bio and latest posts → Read Brian's latest posts →

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