Effortless Reading: Comics

I once made the mistake of mentioning my love for comics in the classroom at a job interview.  I got the job… and an eye-roll.

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Comics have an undeserved stigma.  While students should eventually move on to academic text, Krashen notes “that comic book reading and other forms of light reading can serve as a conduit to ‘heavier’ reading” (3).

Comics lure the most reluctant of readers into a reading habit.  Artwork that allows them to actually see thoughts, faces, and feelings helps make connections with characters (so says my comic-fanatic son with ASD).

I have so many favorite comics I could not list them all, but these are the very best comics for first time readers, at 300 Lexile or easier:

  • Cardboard by Doug Tennapel
  • Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson
  • Zita the Spacegirl series by Ben Hatke
  • Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions by Corinne Mucha
  • The Lunchlady series by Jarrett Krosoczka
  • Resistence by Carla Jablonski
  • Mighty Jack series by Ben Hatke
  • Zebrafish series by Sharon Emerson
  • The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by Matthew Manning
  • Lucky Penny by Anath Hirsh
  • How To Survive in the North by Luke Healy
  • Into the Volcano by Don Wood
  • My Boyfriend Is A Monster series by Marie Croall
  • The Binky series by Ashley Spires
  • Spotlight Soccer, Spotlight Longshot, and Soccer Longshot (3 books in a series) from Sports Illustrated Kids
  • Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Who Is AC? by Hope Larson
  • Good Versus Evil series by Donald Lemke
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Fall of the House for Usher by Matthew Manning
  •  Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

 


Cited:

Krashen, S. (Februrary 2005). The “Decline” of Reading in America, Poverty and Access to Books, and the use of Comics in Encouraging Reading. Teachers College Record.  Available at: http://www.sdkrashen.com/content/articles/decline_of_reading.pdf

Zack.  Read With Zack: Confessions of a Nine-Year-Old Book Fanatic. Available at:  http://readwithzack.wordpress.com

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Claire Walter

I am an ESL teacher and I promote differentiated, compassionate instruction and assessment for English Language Learners.

2 thoughts on “Effortless Reading: Comics”

  1. Hi Claire Thnx a lot for sharing those comics i’ve tried to download them for free but my efforts didn’t pay off I’d like if you guide to some website where I can free english comics and download them for my middle school learners I’d be very grateful for ur help nd assisstance

    On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 1:47 AM, Compassionate ESL wrote:

    > Claire Walter posted: “I once made the mistake of mentioning my love for > comics in the classroom at a job interview. I got the job… and an > eye-roll. Comics have an undeserved stigma. While students should > eventually move on to academic text, Krashen notes “that comic boo” >

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