Are you ready for a new Magic Tree House adventure?
This week my publisher, Random House Children's Books, and I introduced our newest venture:
Magic Tree House Graphic Novels!
It was a great experience teaming with brilliant playwright Jenny Laird and the talented illustrators-sisters Kelly Matthews and Nichole Matthews to adapt her work for graphic novels. The first release will be an adaptation of the first “Magic Tree House” book, “Dinosaurs Before Dark,” and is scheduled for May 4. Future editions are to come out every six months. The Knight at Dawn will be next in the fall of 2021!
I’m so excited for Jack and Annie’s time travel adventures to reach a new generation of readers who are drawn to the thrilling visual experience that graphic novels provide.
As I have always said, it is so important to encourage young readers to find reading material to fit their interests. Whether that be fictional stories, nonfiction, time-travel, animal stories, sports, or graphic novels. Once they discover the joy of reading, their interests will expand and draw them to a broader variety of books.
Studies have proven that it is vitally important for children to read at grade level by the end of third grade. Those who do are more likely to stay in school and stay out of trouble. This milestone is one of the main determining factors of success in high school and later in life. That's why I try to do whatever I can do to help children learn that reading is FUN! I hope our Graphic Novels will provide yet another way for children, parents, and teachers to be inspired to read.
As with all of my books, I hope these adaptations of Jack and Annie's adventures into graphic novels will inspire children to explore the wonder of worlds outside their own and instill in them a lifelong love of reading.
- Mary Pope Osborne