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Posted 1/6/16 , edited 1/6/16
I think so. its a great medium to get kids to wanna read. I think if I had access to it at an early age I would of gotten into it. I think theres some pretty kid friendly mangas out there right?
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I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, there are some good manga stories out there, but still, no.

Book fairs are about encouraging reading. As wonderful as manga can be, they aren't as challenging to read as normal books.

I personally read a lot when I was younger, and encourage children to find a small series to follow. I followed Animorphs and Goosebumps.... and then I continued to read other stuff long after I had grown out of them.
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Yes, but some parent would complain.

Posted 1/6/16 , edited 1/6/16
You mean they don't? I always assumed they did for some reason. Now here I haven't seen manga at school book fairs very often. I remember one time finding the first volume of the Black Butler series. But other than that they are pretty rare.
Posted 1/6/16
I don't see why not. maybe they will start as it gets more popular in North America.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, there are some good manga stories out there, but still, no.

Book fairs are about encouraging reading. As wonderful as manga can be, they aren't as challenging to read as normal books.

I personally read a lot when I was younger, and encourage children to find a small series to follow. I followed Animorphs and Goosebumps.... and then I continued to read other stuff long after I had grown out of them.


You find reading a challenge?
I either understand the symbols or I don't.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, there are some good manga stories out there, but still, no.

Book fairs are about encouraging reading. As wonderful as manga can be, they aren't as challenging to read as normal books.

I personally read a lot when I was younger, and encourage children to find a small series to follow. I followed Animorphs and Goosebumps.... and then I continued to read other stuff long after I had grown out of them.


You find reading a challenge?
I either understand the symbols or I don't.


If you don't find reading challenging, perhaps you're reading the wrong things?

I had a college reading level in Jr High, and I've yet to run out of challenging things to read.

Oooohh. You were just trying to be a dick. Cheers.
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Some do, some won't. I know our local book fairs at the school only does books they get from Scholastic specifically, which are generally educational books with the occasional one which kids will find "fun." Last one I went to with my kids did have some graphic novels, specifically one My Little Pony one (which my 4 year old picked up) and an Angry Birds Transformers one (which my 6 year old picked up). They both love them.

I wouldn't care either way if they did, but I would lean toward no at least for elementary aged kids. Specifically because I've seen my 6 year old getting into reading and his exact reaction when he saw manga. He LOVES Yo-Kai watch on Disney XD and the game for his 2DS. He won't read the manga though. Especially for early readers, the mere fact that the book is backwards compared to how they normally read is a challenge in itself and may be too confusing. For older kids - sure. For elementary aged kids, I'd say no.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:


Sir_jamesalot wrote:


HolyDrumstick wrote:

I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, there are some good manga stories out there, but still, no.

Book fairs are about encouraging reading. As wonderful as manga can be, they aren't as challenging to read as normal books.

I personally read a lot when I was younger, and encourage children to find a small series to follow. I followed Animorphs and Goosebumps.... and then I continued to read other stuff long after I had grown out of them.


You find reading a challenge?
I either understand the symbols or I don't.


If you don't find reading challenging, perhaps you're reading the wrong things?

I had a college reading level in Jr High, and I've yet to run out of challenging things to read.

Oooohh. You were just trying to be a dick. Cheers.


You need more consistency in your writing.
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You need more consistency in your writing.


Yes, oh wise one.

Give me a break. You've read nothing but forum posts, and know little of my writing.
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Well at my book fair in middle school they have few manga like yu-gi-oh 5d,i buy it and still have it with me.
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Yes, oh wise one.

Give me a break. You've read nothing but forum posts, and know little of my writing.


You're contradicting yourself.
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Sir_jamesalot wrote:


HolyDrumstick wrote:
Yes, oh wise one.

Give me a break. You've read nothing but forum posts, and know little of my writing.


You're contradicting yourself.


How so? Please explain.

Perhaps you're catching something I'm not, and I'd love to learn from it. However, I don't feel this is the case.
Posted 1/6/16
I think I remember seeing Naruto stuff at book fairs back in elementary school. Though that was a really long time ago and I could be remembering wrong.
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I think it would set a poor precedent. With our stagnant literacy rates, we should be encouraging kids to read as many actual books as possible these days.
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