It's Teen Read Week!

Admittedly, Melissa and I spend a lot of time watching TV, shopping and applying lip gloss, but we are also big readers. Magazines, books, the back of our Captain Crunch cereal boxes -- we read everything and anything! So that's why we're here promoting Teen Read Week, a literary initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association, which encourages teens to read, read, read! Every year, there is a different theme, and for 2011, it's Picture It @ your library, celebrating graphic novels or illustrated materials.

If you haven't dabbled in graphic novels, you've been missing out, because they're not just about superheros, fantasy worlds or fighting ninjas (though that stuff sounds awesome too). Do you love Gabriel García Márquez and his use of magical realism? Try Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar, a collection of drawings and stories about a small town in America. Even the Baby-sitter's Club series has its own graphic novels!

Point is, there is more to life than Facebook, Tweeting and texting. Those things are fun, too, but becoming immersed in a story is the best form of entertainment ever. So to all our readers, pick up a book this week and get figuratively lost.