Do your kids enjoy reading comics? My son, who is old enough to know how to read loves it. He was totally overwhelmed the other day when he got a big pile of comics to read. Too bad that pile did not contain comics and still cartoons about science.
I think comics and still, cartoons can be useful to get your kids exploring science. At least, as far as I know, most kids enjoy reading comics. I think both the visual appeal of the artwork and the intriguing narrative, which can be humorous and educational, make comics an excellent medium for conveying scientific concepts in interesting ways.
Below you will find several comics your kids can dig into. They all have very high ratings at amazon.com.
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Explaining different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters, this illustrated primer is a great way to introduce young readers to a complex topic. Margreet de Heer, in her easily accessible style, visualizes science and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. Touching a number of topics in various scientific disciplines including chemistry, math, physics, biology, geology, and quantum theory, this work ponders questions such as Who exclaimed “Eureka” and why? Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church? and What happens when you have your DNA tested? This humorous yet substantive graphic account strips the subject of unnecessary complexity, making it a perfect introduction to exploring scientific concepts.
Take to the skies with Flying Machines!
Follow the famous aviators, the Wright Brothers, from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they were to make their famous flights. In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, they were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly competitive international race toward flight, Orville and Wilbur were up against a lot more than bad weather. Mechanical failures, lack of information, and even other aviators complicated the Wright Brothers’ journey. Though they weren’t as wealthy as their European counterparts, their impressive achievements demanded attention on the international stage. Thanks to their carefully recorded experiments and a healthy dash of bravery, the Wright Brothers’ flying machines took off.
In this comic book, you are offered to explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! Volcanic eruptions, vampire bats, feathered velociraptors, and more await you in SCIENCE COMICS.
In a not-so-distant future, our world is as cold as a frozen burrito. But can humanity save itself by harnessing a power that dwells inside the Earth? Explode into the world of geology in Volcanoes: Fire and Life!
A lot of magic happens under the Earth’s crust. Thanks to magma vents, shifting continental plates, and volcanic eruptions, we know that our planet is alive and in motion. Alongside Aurora, a young explorer, you’ll learn that volcanoes are just one of the massively powerful forces at work on our planet. From catastrophic destruction to the creation of new land masses, volcanoes have made their mark on our amazing Earth.
Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology―and to our own understanding of ourselves.
Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable scientists of the twentieth century. Thanks to the charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.
If you have ever suspected that “heavy water” is the title of a bootleg Pink Floyd album, believed that surface tension is an anxiety disorder, or imagined that a noble gas is the result of a heavy meal at Buckingham Palace, then you need The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry to set you on the road to chemical literacy.
You don’t need to be a scientist to grasp these and many other complex ideas, because The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry explains them all: the history and basics of chemistry, atomic theory, combustion, solubility, reaction stoichiometry, the mole, entropy, and much more. All is explained in simple, clear, and yes, funny illustrations. Chemistry will never be the same!
In PLAGUES, we get to know the critters behind history’s worst diseases. We delve into the biology and mechanisms of infections, diseases, and immunity, and also the incredible effect that technology and medical science have had on humanity’s ability to contain and treat disease.
In Dinosaurs, learn all about the history of paleontology! This fascinating look at dinosaur science covers the last 150 years of dinosaur hunting and illuminates how our ideas about dinosaurs have changed, and continue to change.
In Coral Reefs, we learn all about these tiny, adorable sea animals! This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs, and their ecological importance as well. Nonfiction comics genius Maris Wicks brings to bear her signature combination of hardcore cuteness and in-depth science.
The love of dogs. How well do you know our favorite furry companion? Did they really descend from wolves? What’s the difference between a Chihuahua and a Saint Bernard? And just how smart are they? Join one friendly mutt on a journey to discover the secret origin of dogs, how genetics and evolution shape species, and also where in the world his favorite ball bounced off to.
In factories! In the sky! In your cars and phones! In your own home! Robots are everywhere! And they have been around for a lot longer than you might realize.
From tea-serving robots in feudal Japan to modern rovers exploring Mars, robots have been humanity’s partners, helpers, and protectors for centuries! Join one of the world’s earliest robots, a mechanical bird named Pouli, as he explores where robots came from, how they work, and where they’re going in this informative and hilarious new book! Ever dreamt of building your own best friend? It might be a lot easier than you think!
The comics above all combine the two things I love, they educate while they also entertain. It is a lot more fun to learn if you have fun while learning. I think a comic is an excellent medium for conveying scientific concepts in interesting ways.
I urge all parents to read a lot of books to your kids. This increase their vocabulary which is a great help in order to be able to find answers to their questions and to be able to describe them. I have written more about this in my post: Why kids ask why? – How to emphasize their curiosity to learn.
Have you read any of these books and have an opinion about them? I would love to hear it, just leave a message below and I will get back to you!