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.


  1. I am constantly surprised at some people's attitudes to sequential art - thanks for the download - it's good to arm one's self with a script when met by sceptics!

    1. My other reaction was ... there's a GAIMAN foundation?

    2. Yes! It is amazing what is out there.