1. Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists by Various Artists and Edited by Chris Duffy
I’ve been reading this one to him since he was one. You can read my review here. This is one of those books I’m so happy we own.
2. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
My whole family LOVES Zita! I’ve purchased copies for us and then bought additional copies for family members. Zita is fun, wonderul, happy, and a real adventure!
3. Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Legends is just as wonderful as the first one. We’re all waiting patiently for the next one.
4. Hildafolk by Luke Pearson
Very creative and interesting story. I love the illustrations, too. My son had me read this to him over and over and over again.
5. Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson
My son would sit and “read” this to himself for long stretches at a time. There’s a new Hilda out, but it is a bit more mature and not suitable for my son just yet.
6. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
While the beginning of this series is a bit rough (death of a father in a car accident), that can be skipped over. (Aren’t books nice like that?) Once you get past the car accident, the content seems appropriate young ones but still interesting for adults. We’ve all devoured these books and regularly pick them up again and again to reread.
7. Bonk! A Mutt’s Treasury by Patrick McDonnell
Bonk! has done more for my son’s literacy than I think any other book. He can identify several of the words in the book and will often sit down and “read” this one, too. The only thing is, he’s pointing to some of the words here and there and saying them.
Bonk! is also very funny and I love Patrick McDonnell’s sense of humor.
8. Earl and Mooch: A Mutt’s Treasury by Patrick McDonnell
We loved Bonk! so much that I got this one, too. It’s great! I’ll probably be picking up more Mutt’s Treasuries.
8. Any Owly Book by Andy Runton
Owly is a wordless/minimal word comic book. We have several of these books and read through them regularly. These are also perfect books to hand to my son to read in the car. He loves them. They’re completely appropriate for the 2+ audience, but interesting and fun for everyone.
If you go here: http://www.andyrunton.com/owly/ you can get free pdf’s of various Owly stories and see how wonderful they are for yourself! This site also has lesson plans and lots of other good things.
9. Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith
Because my son isn’t quite ready for Bone yet (though admittedly I tried) there’s Little Mouse Gets Ready. It’s a fantastic book about a little mouse dressing himself. We quote it almost every time my son dresses himself. It’s a very helpful and fun book!
I’m about to go on another comic book binge so I’ll be adding more to this list shortly. I just wanted to share what my son really loves so far in case you’re looking for comic books for your little one (or for yourself), too.
Where Obtained: From my local library or I purchased them. Reviewing these books solely because my son, my husband, and I love them and I think you and your children will enjoy it, too.