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

Scott Robins , Snow Wildsmith

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Book Description

May 31 2012

"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (May 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440229945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440229947
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable guide May 21 2012
By Brent Frankenhoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed May 21 2012
By Darockb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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!).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING REFERENCE SOURCE. July 7 2012
By Sharon Verbeten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for choosing age-appropriate comics June 1 2012
By KKnapstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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