September celebrates a nontraditional (and often forgotten) reading source: comic books! With the resurgence of superheroes in movies and on TV, it may be inevitable that your little one takes an interest in the characters that live within these speech bubble-riddled panels.
But don’t worry! These stories are an incredibly beneficial literacy tool for even the most reluctant readers! The large, colorful pages often seem less intimidating than a traditional book and the speech bubbles that clearly highlight which character is talking will help your child follow dialogue easily.
Superheroes aren’t the only subjects for these narratives either. Classics like nursery rhymes, Disney tales, and cherished characters like Scooby-Doo have all been translated into comic form. Graphic novels for young readers are on the rise as well, and these can be a great alternative to a traditional comic that may be too mature in content.
Our challenge for you this month is to pick up a comic or graphic novel for the children in your life, or better yet, let them pick out their own. Then take turns reading for the various characters to add an extra level of play and engagement!
If you’re new to the world of children’s comics and graphic novels, here are a few series of our choosing to get you started:
- The Dog Man Series
- Gravity Falls
- The Babysitter’s Club
- Narwhal and Jelly Books
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Or check out this list of 10 Great Comics for Early Readers.
Have other literacy tips & tricks you would like to hear about? Let us know.