Are you looking for a way to get your kids (or illiterate friends) into reading? Comics offer an easy way to make kids excited about reading for themselves. Here is a possible map to success.
0. Read to your kids!
There's nothing that can truly substitute for this experience. Show them reading is fun, go crazy with the onomatopoeia, be animated, use voices with characters. By watching you, they will also learn the mechanics of reading. Pointing to the words or drawing attention to specific letters will all help them down the road, so try to do it intermittently. If you are occasionally crunched for time, you supplement with some episodes of Super Why (on PBS).
1. Polo/ Owly
2. Tiny Titans/ Johnny Boo
3. Usagi Yojimbo/ Magic Trixie
4. Bone/ Amelia Rules
5. Marvel Illustrated Series/ Diary of a Wimpy Kid
As your kids work through this process, take the time to listen when they tell you what they are reading. Asking questions about what they would change or what their favorite part, enhances the experience for them and highlights creativity.
Get those kids reading, so a trip to the comic shop can be a family experience. When they get here, they just might ask for that $3 comic instead of the $20 toy.