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A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics: Choosing Titles Your Children Will Love [Kindle Edition]

Scott Robins , Snow Wildsmith
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
--Author Emilie Buchwald

Filled with beautifully illustrated reviews and a wealth of recommendations, A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics lovingly and thoughtfully reveals a world of graphic novels sure to capture the imagination and curiosity of your child.

Children's literature experts and library professionals Scott Robins and Snow Wildsmith select and review 100 age-appropriate books, and recommend another 750 titles for children from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade in this full-color, first-of-its-kind guide. You'll also find an educator's bibliography, website recommendations, and a bounty of resources to make this magical journey informative as well as delightful.

Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer, producers of the highly acclaimed and award-winning Bone series, provide a Foreword for the book.

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About the Author

Scott Robins is a librarian at the Toronto Public Library and an advocate for children's graphic novels. He is a contributing blogger for Good Comics for Kids via School Library Journal.com, and is the children's programming director for the annual Toronto Comic Arts Festival. He has also served on the graphic novel selection committee for the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens in 2010 and 2011 and was a jury member of the 2011 Joe Shuster Awards in the "Comics for Kids" category.

Snow Wildsmith has served on committees for the American Library Association and Young Adult Library Services Association. She reviews graphic novels for Booklist, ICv2.com, Good Comics for Kids and Robin Brenner's No Flying No Tights. She also writes booktalks and creates recommended reading lists for Ebsco's NoveList database. McFarland will publish her first books for teens, a nonfiction series on joining the military, in 2012.

Product Details

  • File Size: 12173 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (May 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007S2TYLY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This helps a lot May 21, 2012
By Scott
Glad I stumbled across this book. My kids show an interest in comic books, but it's usually whatever comes with their Happy Meals --pretty random. This is a nice guide to books that I'm sure they'll love and, unlike Happy Meals, are good for them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable guide May 21, 2012
As one of the editors of this book, I'm predisposed to like it, but I'm also the editor of Comics Buyer's Guide, a monthly magazine covering the comics and graphic novel field and have seen other attempts at such lists. None of them compare to what we've produced here, focusing on the essential graphic novels (and, more importantly, books that are in print) and offering leads to nearly 800 more such graphic novels if your children enjoy the 100 titles reviewed. On Free Comic Book Day, my fellow editor, Maggie Thompson, was able to help a parent in a comics shop who asked if there were additional books in one of the series spotlighted. While there weren't more volumes in that series available, Scott and Snow's recommendation of another series was invaluable to the father, who not only ordered that series from his retailer, but also a copy of the book. A copy should be on every parent's bookshelf.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed May 21, 2012
By Darockb
My child has been recently diagnosed with ADD. The clinical psychologist strongly recommended she read comics to help her focus and improve her visual memory. Discovering this book has been a godsend to us. We've immediately seized on the authors' recommendations and, judging by the enthusiasm our child is showing for reading them, they've been excellent ones! This book is a treasure trove of great comics for kids. It's helping our child get excited about reading again, and at the same time helping her overcome her learning challenges. Thank you so much to the authors for putting together this helpful compilation of the best comics for kids (of all ages!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING REFERENCE SOURCE. July 7, 2012
As a children's librarian, one who often gets asked about graphic novels and comic books, I find this resource invaluable. In addition to the high-quality production value (four color, good quality paper, illustrations/covers for almost all titles mentioned), this book offers great information, such as giving a head's up to any themes/language some might find offensive or questionable and a list of educational themes. The book is an ideal size with just the right bibliographic information needed for librarians and educators. It's a breath of fresh air (and a smart move) to have this book authored by children's literature/library professionals, well respected in their field. Fills a definite gap in resources, and, on a personal note, is one of the nicest topical and quality books I've seen come out of Krause Publications (FW Media) in a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you've got a challenge getting your kid to read, this may be the help you're looking for. My 10-year-old daughter LOVES to read (novels, nature and animal books, comics - you name it), and she was so enthralled with this book I had to pry it out of her hands so I could review it.
She loved reading about so many comics that she's not familiar with and made a list of ones that we need to keep on the lookout for.
I love it because it has done all the groundwork for me when it comes to choosing appropriate comics for her to read.
I'd give it more stars if I could!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's more out there than Archie May 21, 2012
I grew up reading basically nothing but Archie comics, which are great, and which I still love and which my children seem to enjoy. But I hoped that my kids would find others that interested them -- where to start? This book is the perfect jumping off point for a youngster who's shown an interest in comics and is not afraid to do some searching for the good stuff. And I like that many of these titles are ones I'd never heard of before - Little Mouse Gets Ready, Power Pack, Okie Dokie Donuts. All new to me! Here's hoping my kids will love it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Guide to Comics May 10, 2012
Kids love to read comics. Which is why parents will love to read this book. It really is the perfect guide to buying comics, or graphic novels, for your young reader. The comic book world is filled with the unknown, and sometimes the unwanted. This is the first book I've found that provides a beautifully illustrated and easy-to-use format to help parents navigate through the trove of titles out there. Authors Scott Robins and Snow Wildsmith select a core collection of 100 age and reading appropriate graphic novels, along with hundreds of other suggested readings. The book is not only helpful but lovely. Each review features an excerpt from the graphic novel, making the book a lot of fun to read. I love that the authors have library backgrounds and that Jeff Smith, the creator of the much celebrated "Bone" series, is involved in the project. As he and his wife, Vijaya Iyer, write in the Foreword to the book, "Comics are such a good way to read that even relectant readers like them." Truth is, I'm a big kid at heart and I enjoy reading them too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point for parents September 19, 2012
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This book seems to be intended more for parents who are mostly unfamiliar with comic books, but have kids who are interested in them. However, it is also useful as a resource to adult fans of comics who are looking for more contemporary titles that are kid-friendly (since the bulk of current superhero comics are geared toward adults). The format is very user-friendly, with not only synopses of and excerpts from most of the comics, but awards the books have won, possible educational tie-ins, and similar books that kids may want to check out afterward. Books are organized alphabetically by suggested grade level (though I can't say I agree with all the grade "assignments"--for example, I see no reason to hold off on the Smurfs comics until kids are in fourth grade, and I've read some of the 6-8 grade books to my first-grader with no ill effects), with potentially troublesome content listed under a "Heads Up" section (though it seems a bit odd to include "kissing" as such in books geared toward middle schoolers, so I assume that such warnings are intended for parents to decide if they're appropriate for younger readers).

For the most part, the choices included are tough to argue with. As with any book of this sort, though, it's easy to nitpick what is included vs what has been omitted. One other reviewer has already noted the glaring omission of any of Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge work, which is pretty universally seen as one of the best comics, period, and not just for kids. (It's not a bias against older material, either; both Tintin and Little Lulu are included.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
given as a gift to an expectant father who is really into comic books so that he would be prepared to guide his new child along. he loved it.
Published 8 months ago by Donna Hacking
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choices
Just what I was looking for. A fantastic guide into the world of graphic readers for elementary school children!
Worth every penny.
Published 12 months ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide!
This is a very comprehensive and well-designed book that covers so many great graphic novels for kids. Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. Lombardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Parents and Librarians
While I feel pretty competent discussing graphic novels for teens and up, I have very limited knowledge of graphic novels for younger readers. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. Wolverton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book to introduce your child to graphic novels and comics
I admit, I was a little skeptical at first. A book to tell you about comics, really? I certainly never needed my parent's help in choosing what I enjoyed reading. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eohany
3.0 out of 5 stars Presents a Lot of New Ideas but Skims Over the Popular Ones
The "Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics" is a great idea. Many parent struggle with wanting to give their kids access to comics, either to further an interest visual design... Read more
Published 22 months ago by D. R. Jeanclerc
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than I expected
My son loves graphic novels and comics. He learned to read easily, but still didn't like to read. But when we started reading comics which I bought as compilations -- Garfield,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jennifer Donovan
5.0 out of 5 stars Choosing Childrens' Graphic Novels
This is an attractive and useful guide for parents, librarians, and older children. It's not about the comics in the funny papers or the flimsy comic books that most of us read as... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Colinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource
For parents involved with your child's reading or even adults wanting to expand their own, this is a great guide to several different types and styles of highly illustrated reading... Read more
Published 23 months ago by MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to find more ideas for your child
My favorite part of this book is the suggestions: "if you like that, then try this!" My son has already read a number of the books featured, but we have not come across very many... Read more
Published on October 1, 2012 by Gabriel Rothrock
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