Reading with Pictures

Comics have gone from “scourge of the classroom” to legitimate teaching tools, and the Common Core State Standards for scholastic achievement now explicitly recommend their use in the classroom.

Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter
By Josh Elder
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Retail Price $19.99
Amazon Price: $15.43

Book Description: 

Comics have gone from “scourge of the classroom” to legitimate teaching tools, and the Common Core State Standards for scholastic achievement now explicitly recommend their use in the classroom.

Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter unites the finest creative talents in the comics industry with the nation’s leading experts in visual literacy to create a game-changing tool for the classroom and beyond. This full-color volume features more than a dozen short stories (both fiction and nonfiction) that address topics in Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Science, while offering an immersive textual and visual experience that kids will enjoy. Highlights include George Washington: Action President by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, Doctor Sputnik: Man of Science by Roger Langridge, The Power of Print by Katie Cook, and many more.

Includes a foreword by Printz and Eisner Award-winning author Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints).

A downloadable Teachers’ Guide includes standards-correlated lesson plans customized to each story, research-based justifications for using comics in the classroom, a guide to establishing best classroom practices, and a comprehensive listing of educational resources.

Review

The Common Core  advocates the use of comics in the classroom to promote literacy and improve educational outcomes for all students.  This book combines great graphics with interesting stories that cross disciplines.  My son was so taken with this book that it kept him occupied for hours.  If you are a teacher, administrator, or librarian, buy a few copies of this book for your school. It would be a bargain at twice the price. If you are a parent, buy a copy for home. It s hard to find quality kid-friendly titles that are as delightful to read as this one is

~Reviewed by Diane Z.

Please Share!

    Read our Latest Book Reviews!