Now, a while ago I did an article about why YOU should read comics, but this one’s going to be focused on kids and how comic books can benefit them. There are multiple reasons you should get your kids into comics—even if they only read them during their younger years. I for one wish I would’ve gotten into comics when I was a kid instead of around high school age.
And I would like to be clear, it doesn’t necessarily have to be comic books themselves; comic book related things can be just as beneficial. I don’t have any kids of my own, but a good amount of my friends do. So that’s where I’m basing a lot of my info from. And one last side note before we begin, giving kids comics is a good way to become THE awesome aunt or uncle. Just something to keep in mind.
But now on to the main point. If you start kids on comic books while they’re little, you can get them hooked on reading for a lifetime. And I think we can all agree that’s a good thing. But you must ease them into it and handle everything with a gentle touch.
Clearly, you don’t want to just hand a two-year-old a single issue or something.; it’s not going to last more than a minute before it gets destroyed. Luckily, there are tons of child-aged books that have a lot of the popular superheroes in them. And as the kids get older, they can progress into comic books that are age-appropriate—then eventually up to a full-fledged adult comic book. This process will help with their comprehension and critical thinking skills. Especially as they progress to the higher age levels of reading.
Another awesome aspect of comic books for kids is being able to give them good examples of how they should act and how they should treat others. Obviously I’m not saying you should give a 7-year-old The Dark Knight, for example. But there are plenty of age appropriate stories they can read and learn from. And the majority of these books instill good morals and teach children the right ways to handle situations.
A definition of a superhero (at least my definition) is someone who stands up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Superheroes also help whenever they are needed. If those aren’t two things you would want to pass on to your kids, I don’t know what it is.
Exposing the world of comic books to kids of a young age also helps them with their creativity as they get older. Having your mind stimulated by all the craziness that can occur in a superhero story can really shape the way you think when it comes to any number of the arts. Comics can spark the imagination in a child the way a normal book can’t. They can better relate to the visuals of the comic book format and this changes the way they see the world.
So, if you haven’t been able to tell that I really think you should get your kids into comics, you obviously must not have been paying attention. And if you just don’t agree, I’m not quite sure what more I could say to convince you. But hopefully you get those kids into comics—if you haven’t already. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
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