Newsarama pointed me to recent research publicized by the University of Illinois, in which a library and information science professor named Carol L. Tilley defends comic books as serious children’s literature.
Tilley found that children benefit as much from reading comic books as they do from reading other forms of literature.
“A lot of the criticism of comics and comic books come from people who think that kids are just looking at the pictures and not putting them together with the words,” Tilley told the Illinois News Bureau. “Some kids, yes. But you could easily make some of the same criticisms of picture books – that kids are just looking at pictures, and not at the words.”
The research was published in School Library Monthly.