Let’s face it: kids love graphic novels. Their popularity is ever increasing. Last week’s blog posts featured a bunch of really stellar graphic novels that no library should be without. But we also know there are still some haters out there. For anyone who thinks that graphic novels have no business in the classroom or in helping kids learn, I’d like to suggest the Phonics Comics series from the small publisher Innovative Kids.
These leveled readers are the same trim size as other familiar early reader series. The stories combine phonics-based narratives with bright, comic-style illustrations that support the text. Struggling or reluctant early readers will likely feel comfortable with the paneled format and the straightforward, sans-serif text in the talking bubbles. There are stories about dinosaurs, robots, and flying ponies, among other intriguing subjects. Each volume contains three separate stories, so they can be read in short bursts or all at once. The cartoon-like illustrations definitely have kid appeal. Developed with the help of a literacy educator, these fun stories support the tenets of the NCLB fluent literacy platform in a fun, exciting way.