In this month’s Notes from the Horn Book, I spotted a feature about a new series of Toon Books. They are marketed as a learning to read thing, drawing on kid’s visual literacy to bring them to wider literacy. But the series advisor is Art Spiegelman whose comics credentials are rock solid. So, yes, reading comics will help you kid learn to read, particularly if they are visual kids. But these might be worth checking out just because the cartoon format is an important one that does interesting things you can’t do in regular books. And the visual narrative of comics is quite closely related to other visual narrative media like TV and movies.
As I was looking at the Horn Book website, I also noticed that they have this guide to Graphic Novels with links to recommendations for different age groups.