Q:

At my son's middle school, the students can read comic books and storybooks with pictures during free reading time. Whatever happened to the idea of reading good books? - No Comics, Please

A:

Comic books and storybooks with pictures (graphic novels) certainly aren't what most people call good literature, even though the graphic novel "Maus" won the Pulitzer Prize. Teachers who use them in the classroom are usually trying to hook reluctant readers into becoming readers. And this has actually encouraged many middle-school boys to read. Parents might want to try this approach if they have reluctant readers.