Does your child love to read?
Do you want to encourage him/her to read more?
My oldest who is in now in First Grade and is quite good at reading has been an avid reader for years. What books does he love the most? … his daddy’s comic books.
There’s something about those pictures, the vibrant colors catch their attention. The colorful words in bubbles, yell “READ ME!” The action that moves page to page, keeps them turning the pages. Even if they aren’t yet able to read all the words, kids can put the pictures together to form a story. It’s why even my youngest, now 3, has been trying to get his hands on daddy’s comic books for as long as I can remember. It’s why babies start with picture board books, it’s the pictures that get them to pick up the book.
While it’s the pictures that catch their attention, it’s the words that keep them hanging on. Find the right comic book and not only will your child really enjoy their reading they will build their vocabulary and literacy skills.
Those skills are something your child needs for the rest of their life. As they grow up, their comic books will grow with them. Today, it maybe Mickey Mouse, next year it maybe superheroes, and from there it will go on. When you’re child is struggling with reading, take them to find a comic they can get excited about. They’ll get practice without really thinking about it. Have a teen to COOL to get unplugged and read. Connect them with a comic. There is something about the artistry that will have your COOL teen hooked. (Plus, they will be building their SAT vocabulary skills along the way.) Of course, if your teen becomes anything like my husband he’s still be reading comics well into his adulthood, which isn’t necessarily bad. After all it’s something my husband can do and enjoy with the kids.
From the FREE Comic Book Day website I’ll share this:
“Comic books began in the 1930s as a unique American art form that has grown – like so many American forms of entertainment – to spread around the globe. From Japanese businessmen reading manga on the subways of Tokyo to French artists re-interpreting Proust with words and pictures, comics have changed entertainment and challenged perceptions. These days, there are comic books for every taste, from slam-bang super-hero adventures and thoughtful slice-of-life to thrilling science fiction and intense drama.”
So get out there Saturday for FREE Comic Book Day! Take a few minutes to connect with your local comic store and pick up a few books for your kids.
This link will take you to a page to find a comic store close to you participating in FREE Comic Book Day. Just enter your zip code and it will find the store closest to you. It is not a complete list, so if you are familiar with other stores check with them to see if they are participating.