Monday, 29 July 2013

Raising a Reader - CBLDF

In recent years I have had a number of conversations with other parents regarding whether or not children should be allowed to read comics. Some parents feel that comics are not "proper reading" and that they may damage the child's ability to learn to read. However, because of what I felt I had gained from reading comics as a child, I have always encouraged my daughter - now 10 years old - to read them as well as books.

An American organisation, CBLDF, has put together a free booklet "Raising a Reader" on this subject that you can read online or download. Here is their description of it:

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to offer “Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!,” a resource for parents & educators about the learning benefits of comics! This new resource is written by Dr. Meryl Jaffe, with an introduction by three-time Newbery Award honoree Jennifer L. Holm (Babymouse, Squish) and art by Eisner Award winner Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama) and Eisner Award nominee Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish). Raising A Reader! was made possible by a grant from the Gaiman Foundation.

Whether or not you agree with the booklet it is an interesting read - it goes some way towards explaining how comics work and why they are such a powerful form of storytelling. In fact I would recommend this booklet for anyone - whether you are a parent or not.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Sequential art blogs, websites, webcomics and more...

I am writing this post to draw your attention to the links on the right hand side of my blog. I may not have been blogging much lately but I have been reading a lot of online stuff and have linked to the sequential art blogs, websites, groups and webcomics I have particularly liked. Enjoy! (And do come back to check for more - I regularly update my lists.)