Why Good Comic Books & Graphic Novels are so Important for Kids

Why Good Comic Books & Graphic Novels are So Important for Kids

I’m a hardcore bookie – and for me, they have to be real books. None of these digital books (OK, I do use e-books when I travel!). I’ve always been an avid reader even though I rarely have time to sit down with a book anymore. So in my finite mind I can’t grasp why people don’t like reading. When my oldest was young he just devoured books.

To this day as a middle school boy he can sit down for hours reading some of his favorite books! I can not even begin to tell you how many books line shelves in my house because I have spent the last 10 years picking up inexpensive books at the thrift store building our family library.

So when my 2nd son came around I assumed he’d be just like his older brother – an avid bookworm. But for quite a while I was dead wrong. No matter how many books I came home with he just wasn’t interested. And the thing was – he was a fantastic reader!

He didn’t struggle reading at all but was quite the opposite. He was years above his classmates in reading! I was SO stumped! I tried e-books, “cool” boy books, gross books….anything I could get my hands on. They just laid on the shelf untouched.

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After he was diagnosed with stealth dyslexia we realized that although he COULD read at a high level, he had a hard time processing so many words on a page and retaining what he read. He read chapter books in school but was never interested in reading for leisure at home or doing anything outside of school assignments. I was determined to find something he would love – even if it was only occasionally.  I found a Percy Jackson graphic novel at the thrift store one day and it was a hit. My son needed a highly illustrated book to make it easier to process the story.

Comic books and graphic novels are great literary options that bridge the gap with many reluctant readers. They are also an amazing tool for children with visual processing disorders, stealth dyslexia, and other special needs. There are a few downsides however that I break down below. If you’re looking for other awesome “out of the box” ideas for reluctant readers check out our post here.

Graphic Novels:

Pros:

*Highly illustrated complete stories/series
*Becoming the “norm” to create series from popular books =  easily available!

Cons:

*Difficult to find second hand or at thrift stores/book sales so more expensive
*Kids read through them so fast they want more! (which is a pro too!)

Good Graphic Novel Series for Kids:

Amulet Graphic Novel for Kids Babysitters Club Graphic Novel for Kids A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel for Kids Redwall Graphic Novel for Kids Bone Graphic Novel for Kids
Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel for Kids Explorer Graphic Novel for Kids Chasing Herobrine Unofficial Minecraft graphic novel for kids Hobbit Graphic Novel for Kids Artemis Fowl Graphic Novel for Kids

Comic Books:

Pros:

*VERY cheap! You can pick up comic books in bundles on Amazon, at the dollar store, etc. PLUS there’s a FREE Comic Book Day each year – just show up and grab a free comic book!
*Teaches Sequencing.
*Visually concrete.

Cons:

*Age appropriate material can be hard to find.
*Educational content is difficult to find.

Good Comic Book Series for Kids:

Garfield Cooks Up Trouble Comic Book for Kids Archie Comics for Kids Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute Comic Book for Kids Owly Comic Book for kids Comics Squad Books Scooby Doo Comic Books for Kids
Fairy Tale Comics for Kids Stinky Comic Book for Kids Frankie Pickle Comic Book for Kids Legends of Zita the Spacegirl Comic Book Big Nate Comic Books Mighty Jack Comic Books for Kids

Other awesome DIY Comic Books & Reading Resources:

DIY Blank Comic Book How to Draw Marvel Comics FREE COMIC STRIP printable template build your own story worksheet 10 Types of Books for Reluctant Readers to Try

Do you have any favorite graphic novel or comic book series that you love that you don’t see in this post? Share them with us in the comments below!

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