Worried about whether your kids should be reading comic books? Well don’t be. Studies actually show that reading comic books is just as good as reading books. Comic books are especially good for reluctant readers because, researchers say, they are simplified versions of reading books, using more pictures than words. The use of pictures to tell stories is also good for those kids who comprehend information best visually.
Comic books have come to be accepted as just another genre of literature. How can comic books be just as good as a book? Scientists have found that successfully completing a comic, like any book, requires more than just absorbing text, and Professor Carol Tilley of the department of library and information science also says that comic books can increase a child’s vocabulary, which is the exact reason why it is important to encourage children to read books. But this study shows that children should be encouraged to read anything.
Academic and developmental reasons aside, is there a better or easier way for kids to learn about good and evil? The ideas presented in comic books are complex and ones that we encounter in our adult lives. Matt Kirk in a column in The Temple News writes about how comic books, particularly superhero comics, helped him navigate his youth. The unusual abilities superheroes struggle to control, he says, parallels the struggles children face trying to navigate a world they do not yet understand.
Childhood can be lonely and children often look for someone to connect to. The characters in comic books can help some kids feel less alone in the world.
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