Comic books, graphic novels, sequential art or manga; whatever you call them, illustrated books are a great way to tell a story. Iâ€™ve been reading comics for most of life, except for a brief period from age 12 to 16 when I thought I was too old for them. Boy was I wrong.
Iâ€™ve been reading comics to my kids almost since the day they were born, mixing them in with other storybooks and eventually novels. One of the great things about reading comics is that graphic stories cut out all of the boring â€œHe saidâ€ and â€œShe saidâ€ stuff. If you combine this with distinctive voices for the different characters, your kids will always know whoâ€™s saying what, making stories much easier to keep up with.
Here are a few of their favorites, roughly arranged for age appropriateness from younger to older readers.