Comic books “superheroes” of literacy?

Studies claim that comics help children learn to love to read

Comic books unlikely heroes for reluctant readers

http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/article_dc8edfc4-44e3-5312-b70d-f3e457d6872d.html

There are many negative stereotypes against comic books and graphic novels. Many people find them to be violent and even sometimes downright naughty. They would be the last books you would want in your young child’s hands, but according to this article, comic books can actually be beneficial to your child’s reading ability. It’s just plain simple: They make reading enjoyable. Studies say that boys who read comic books are more literate in later years because they started reading for pleasure at an early age. But looking at the negative stereotypes of graphic novels (which are often derived from truths), is it really moral to just hand kids a comic book and say, “Okay, have fun!”? Do the benefits in this case out-weigh the dangers? Is there even anything to worry about??

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 Leah Miller

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1 Comment to Comic books “superheroes” of literacy?

topazioc
September 8, 2010

I don’t necessarrily agree that comic books are classified as something parents wouldn’t want their children reading, I mean there are most certainly innapropriate textual novels as well, but it is just a portion of them, and just like classifications of movies based on the intensity of the adult content in them, they can be separeted. That aside, I am really intrigued by this article, it makes for a good argument in aiding in childrens’ learning processes, but I wonder if heavily introducing the combination of both text and graphics into the beginning levels of education would at the same time hinder children from being able to separate the graphics from text alone? Maybe I’m reading too much into it