Comic books are too legit kid lit

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.

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Scott Kirchhofer

One of Nerdvana's founding bloggers, Scott Kirchhofer is a graphic artist and designer of the Nerdvana logo, as well as a gamer and comic book movie fan.

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  • i think comic books helps kids to be interactive and create excitement.In todays world kids hardly time as they get tied up with routine stuff and i believe that comics books refresh their mind and bring smile on their face.

  • i think comic books helps kids to be interactive and create excitement.In todays world kids hardly time as they get tied up with routine stuff and i believe that comics books refresh their mind and bring smile on their face.