Does your child want to see pictures as well as words in their books? Embrace it! It’s now widely accepted by teachers and librarians that comic books (also known as graphic novels) are a great way to get kids into reading and develop their vocabulary.
SheKnows spoke to a third-grade teacher who couldn’t agree more. “Anything that motivates children to read should be accepted — no, more than that… celebrated,” she said. “Some comic books have really powerful messages, while others are simply fun to read. It doesn’t matter. Whatever your child is interested in, whether it’s superheroes or history, if they’re drawn to stories that use words and pictures, it should be encouraged.”
Comic books may appeal to “reluctant readers” in particular — those kids who aren’t interested in reading. Those who favor gaming or television can quickly become interested in a graphic novel, as the visual element appeals to them.
May 7 is Free Comic Book Day, when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. The perfect chance to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of comic books. Not sure where to start? Here are some comic books kids will love… even if they’re still at the board book stage!