Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is in May when artists like Andy Runton, author of Owly graphic novels, have free comic booklets at comic book stores. This year I planned to have my kids and husband head to the comic book store down the street so we could add more Owly goodness to our collection! Unfortunately we all forgot since we were preoccupied with a newborn. Thank goodness Andy is kind enough to share free PDF downloads of Owly FCBD fun! You can also order FCBD Owly booklets from past years for cheap + shipping (US Media Mail $4.95) from Top Shelf (scroll all the way down)!
Not sure what graphic novels are and if they're right for your kids? Read Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens on Scholastic's website. It says "graphic novels have emerged as a growing segment of book publishing, and have become accepted by librarians and educators as mainstream literature for children and young adults—literature that powerfully motivates kids to read."