Comic books are great for young readers. Did you know that there is a wide selection of comic books geared toward kids and young readers? I didn’t know this either until our family started getting back into collecting comic books.
My kids love going to the comic book store. They love the hunt for new comics just as much as my husband and I do. My son is a Spider-Man fan and my daughter loves Black Widow. Of course, with some comics, there is adult content and it is good to keep in mind to check the parental advisory sticker at the bottom of comics to ensure that the material is age appropriate.
The wide selection of comic books geared toward kids and young readers makes selecting collections for kids much easier. There is Scooby-Doo, DuckTales, Power Rangers, Tiny Titans, and so many more. Remember when we were kids and the inspiration we got from our afternoon cartoons?
I remember reading Star Wars comics as a kid and it always filled me with imagination and inspiration. To this day, I have a series of Star Wars Funko Pops on my desk and other toys that inspire me from my childhood.
I wrote something on my Facebook today that kind of helped inspired me to write this post about why comic books are great for young readers and I hope this sticks with my kids all the way to adulthood:
I loved watching the Netflix documentary, “Making Fun: The Story of Funko” recently. The reason I loved this documentary is that it shared the fun. Something I think we’ve forgotten about in our society. We’ve become so “adult”. We’ve hidden our childhood in politics, in hurt, in thinking that we have to be serious all of the time. We must master the art of “adulting”…but do we?
Absolutely we need to be responsible, resourceful and care about the things that make our world a blissful place to be. But if your inner-child is snuffed out, that innocence and untapped inspiration are no longer there.
Remember when we were kids and we would look up into the clouds and say, “I’m going to fly one day!”? I told my family for years I would work at Disney and by golly, I did. But then I grew up.
I became obsessed with numbers, finances, being someone/something. Being this perfectly boxed being that society said I had to be. That’s the trouble with listening to society. There are so many different things that society thinks we should be that we tend to miss out on the inner-voice and passions that make us who we are and need to be.
So what does the creation of a local toy company have to do with all of this? Simple. Bring back the fun in life. I have been a closet geek and nerd for so many years. I love Disney, I love Star Wars, I love comics. I love going to my local comic book store and running my fingers through the .25 cent bins.
I have all of these toys on my desk and I remember in the documentary that the original founder of Funko said that he created these because they inspire child-hood, innocence, and passions we’ve long left behind us. Each one of my toys has a meaning behind it and reminds me of where my desires and dreams started as a kid. Disney Afternoon cartoons sure did give me a lot of hope and dreams as a kid. Why is it any different now?
Bring the fun back today. Bring your childhood back today. Who knows. You might reconnect with the person you knew you would be some decades ago. That person believed in you then, why not believe in them now?
Why Comic Books are Great for Young Readers
I love that comics inspire so many people simply because they have a message that we often forget in our society. Good VS. Evil is simple. Be truthful, be a good friend, be there for others, and simply have fun in life. Comics value real-life issues like bullying, being true to oneself, and morals. Yet, they are all laid out in simple panels that are colorful and vibrant. In a few simple “bang”, “boom”, “pops”, we know what is happening in the story.
Comics are Short Reads for Kids Learning to Read
I believe that comic books make reading easier for young readers. Like I mentioned above, the messages are to the point and with the art and graphics, there is an immediate connection to the idea of the storyline. I never discredit pictures in books because they are a learning tool in literature. Especially for kids.
Kids Connect and Imagine
Kids connect with characters. There are so many comic books to choose from that kids are more than likely going to connect with at least one character. They see themselves in these storylines and that creates the priceless gift of imagination. We learn who we are in imagination. What our desires our, our dreams, goals. Encouraging our kids, and even ourselves, to keep imagining is what keeps our world growing and learning every day!
Comics Create Family Bonding
My husband loves reading a comic to our kids every evening before bed. My kids think it is the best thing ever to have Dad read to them every night their favorite comic. What a great bonding experience. It honestly warms my heart to sit back every evening and listen to them all get excited about the next adventure. All of our love for comics has brought us closer together.
Comic books are great for young readers because they offer short reading and so much more. They inspire, bring one another together, and are simply full of fun. They bring back the fun of our childhood and inspire our kids to explore their childhood. Plus, with new issues all of the time, the story keeps on going.
If you don’t have a local comic books store, I recommend checking out comiXology by Amazon. This a great digital library of comic books. I prefer paper comics but this has been a fun option for when an issue is out-of-stock or much too expensive to purchase due to being a collector’s item.
Consider adding comics to your young reader’s library. I think you will find them to be great family entertainment and learning. My family has found a revived passion to enjoy together and I hope yours does too!