Parents, I’m asking you to keep that excitement going long after the show has ended by making sure your “super hero” has access to comic books and graphic novels. Our kids (especially our boys) are used to fast paced movies and video games that are action packed. Comic books of their favorite “super heroes” and other graphic novels are also packed with action, vivid pictures, and the dialogue is chock full of the language our boys “speak” – KAPOW! BLAM! ZAP! KABOOM! If your son is anything like my son was as a young boy, he spoke mainly in the language of comic books – onomatopoeia at its finest! Comics, TV shows like McGyver, and Rambo movies spurred on his imagination. He often replayed scenes watched complete with props (made with hubby’s duct tape) and sound effects! KABOOM!
Parents you have this great opportunity to use the power of pop culture (Marvel Universe Live, Star War Movies, etc.) to get your kids reading even more. Many classrooms lack an abundance of materials that match what many of our boys like to read – action, adventure, scary and “gory” stories. As a result, they tend to read less for pleasure. Comic books and graphic novels can help to foster their love for reading. Comic books are valuable in helping to reach those kids that may not want to read. Many of our reluctant and even our struggling readers can be swayed with the use of these colorful and engaging comic books. Comics may set them on the path to become regular readers.
However, Parents I do need to give you a word of caution – you will need to use your own “Parent Super Powers” and make sure the comics and graphic novels are age appropriate for your “super hero”. Check with your local librarian and the knowledgeable staff at the bookstore for recommendations.
Judd Winick, cartoonist, offers his insight in the article titled Why Graphic Novels Are Storytelling Quicksand For Reluctant Readers. Tom Burns offers some valuable tips in his article titled Graphic Language: How To Read Comic Books With Your Kids. Both are worth taking the few minutes to read.
Some suggested titles from Amazon:
5 minute Marvel Stories
5 minute Avenger Stories
5 minute Star War Stories
Marvel: The Characters & Their Universe
Marvel Super Heroes Storybook Collection
The Avengers Level 1 Reader
Popular graphic novels for the younger set:
Diary of Wimpy Kid series
Dork Diaries series
Let’s make sure your “super hero” is literate! This holiday season give the gift of adventures with comic books and graphic novels to keep them engaged and reading!
See you next Wednesday!