Graphic Novels and Comic Books for Learning
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For kids who are reluctant readers, it can be a challenge to get them to do independent work, especially with traditional textbooks. Many kids who are already “turned off” from reading only get more and more frustrated when presented with dense nonfiction reading. And then, they start to dread and dislike reading in general. It is crucial to get them engaged and interested by finding materials that complement their learning styles and don’t overwhelm them if they aren’t expert readers. That is why I love resources like educational graphic novels and comics for subjects like science, history, and literature.
Comic Book Science
When I first heard there were comic books that could help my children learn science, I was skeptical. But I’m being won over, because I’ve discovered the magic of Manga learning tools!
What is Manga?
It’s a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children.
Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with learning?
I’ve discovered this tremendous resource for teaching kids science and all about the human body. Rather than a dry text and diagram textbook, concepts are covered in a story-based format that’s also visual, so learners of all kinds have more to glom onto, and it’s easier to recall. Sort of like our trusted and true pal Ms. Frizzle of the Magic School Bus, but for a slightly older children depending on the book.
Last but certainly not least–it makes learning fun! Imagine if your child requested to re-read a science text book. That’s what these amazing books can inspire.
We started on the Survive! Inside the Human Body series, and even I am learning!
See inside the books in this cute video: