Already mentioned on the Storyshack site this morning but these are really worth getting hold of for your schools. You can get hold of individual copies; they're beginning to be sold in newsagents and are in Waitrose. Having been chatting to pupils about their choice of reading material the graphic novel is really popular amongst particularly upper KS2.
If comics get children into reading then really what's wrong with that? I don't think children or adults need to prove themselves by reading or 'conquering' weighty tomes. There's so much fantastic literature for children out there in all forms. Having a subcription to THE PHOENIX might just be up somebody's street in your school and is another avenue to explore. Having copies out for wet play or those 5 minute moments is great too-you could very easily read in small parts. Perfect for the child who finds it difficult to sit for sustained periods of time intiially but of course if you get them hooked on the story ( and you would if you read some of those below) then you're on to a reading winner!
Having a series to follow in a comic is interesting too. It means you might have to actually WAIT for the next part. This creates more anticipation in our children and I think that's no bad thing. We've been talking a lot about the changes in story, particularly presented on our TV and at school. Sometimes we can be ruled by 'extracts', snippets and one hour's worth of story. Do you remember when DR WHO was in a series and you had to tune in the next week....wait a WHOLE week? There used to be some two parters in the series even recently but this last year most have been one offs. That's also why I believe all classes should have a class novel read to them. Not only is this brilliant for a 'curling up' with a book moment but it also requires some active memory making, some listening because you need to hold on to that over a period of time. In this every so quick, changing, INSTANT world building up anticipation and a deeper engagement surely is a great thing?