I spy a 2 bears, a melon, some flan, I spy kid who’s a big reading fan!
As parents, grandparents and educators, we know how absorbed our kids get in fun books like I Spy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Garfield. Sometimes we worry: if my kid’s so busy reading the junk food of literature, when will they get to the vegetables? Let me put your fears to rest.
- Skim and scan
- Work methodically
- Pay close attention to detail
- Stick with a challenge
- Think flexibly (sometimes a word can have more than one meaning!)
- Build visual literacy
- Make inferences
- Build vocabulary (Dr. Stephen D. Krashen, Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Southern California, found a comic book a day will expose your kid to about 500,000 words over the course of a year)
- Be exposed to a variety of art styles
As a parent, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when a series of graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier helped turn my kid into a reader. I’m so grateful that her teachers and school librarian recognized the value of graphic novels rather than considering them second-rate literature.
A third kind of highly-visual reading material, hybrid novels, combine visual elements of comic books and graphic novels with more traditional text-based storytelling to create books kids want to read. The Origami Yoda series and The Zero Degree Zombie Zone are two popular examples. Again, kids build the same important reading skills with hybrid novels as they do with traditional novels. Try one today!
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