Do your kids love the Wimpy Kid or Geronimo Stilton books? How about Stick Dog or Dork Diaries? There’s a name for these-- Hybrid Fiction---and it is all the rage. Like picture books, the illustrations help convey the meaning of the text and like graphic novels, the text helps convey the meaning of the illustrations. At Hiawatha Public Library, Captain Underpants and Big Nate fly off the shelf and no one fears The Notebook of Doom. Hybrid fiction is the perfect gateway read for kids who miss picture books, love comic books but want to up the language content. And did I mention humor? Generally, this genre is belly laugh funny.
Publishers are clamoring to fill the demand for new hybrid fiction titles and I am enthusiastically clamoring to add new titles and series to Hiawatha’s collection. Meanwhile readers of all ages, here is your “If you like Wimpy Kid books” list of books and series.
Alicia Mangin - Youth Services Librarian
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