Magic Tree House
Junie B. Jones
Comics have come a loooong way in recent decades, not only in their overall sophistication and inventiveness, but also in public opinion. What once was (mistakenly!) seen by some as “not really reading” and/or lacking in, shall we say, traditional literary merit, the storytelling medium continues to grow and thrive. Not only because comic lovers continue to read them as they age, but because they can also serve as a fantastic entry point to a life-long love of reading in even the most reluctant of readers.
That’s the idea behind the new guide Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels can Help Your Kids Love to Read! Written by Meryl Jaffe, with an introduction by our own Jenni Holm, the publication is sponsored by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
As Jenni explains, “Comics! Not only are they fun, they’re an incredible tool for helping create a genuine love of reading. While the connection of words and pictures at first seems playful, the skills readers develop help provide a practical foundation for other kinds of learning. From verbal and visual literacy to critical thinking and memory, comics are a great tool to give young readers a head start.” We couldn’t agree more.
The guide goes back to the basics in an incredibly helpful way, teaching readers the right way to read the panels, what the different text/sound effect balloons mean, as well as touching on how educators can use them to work with a student on their sequencing, language, and critical thinking skills!
We also have a guide of our fan-favorite graphic novel series—including Babymouse!—here. It’s no exaggeration to say that there’s a graphic novel out there for every reader.
Now you tell us: how do you use graphic novels and comics in your classrooms and libraries?