Graphic Novels, Comedian Books, and Audio Books…Oh, My!


I’m a reader and a e book lover. I acquire books. I learn them. I hearken to them. I like to recommend them to individuals each day. When my children had been infants, I learn to them as a lot as attainable. We went to the library a number of instances every week. I typically gifted books to them. And when it got here time to show them to learn, I used to be (principally) prepared.

As a brand new homeschool mother, I felt it was my responsibility to ensure they had been uncovered to wonderful literature and phrases and subjects all within the type of precise books. Have I discussed that I learn Farmer Boy out loud to my children when my oldest was 5 years outdated (and tremendous energetic) with three-year-old twins in tow?

I used to be determined to make sure they liked books and studying as a lot as I did. I actually did not need my Homeschool Mother card revoked (I used to be a wee bit anxious about this within the early days). It was necessary they’d bodily books of their fingers with pages to show.

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However this is the factor: my children did not all the time wish to learn what some may name “actual” books. And there have been loads of instances, attributable to sickness or different life occasions, that studying simply could not occur. As a substitute of being arduous on myself (or worse, arduous on my children), we explored different types of the written and spoken phrase.

Not solely did we now have enjoyable, however my children additionally expanded their vocabulary, realized new hobbies, explored numerous types of artwork, and extra.

Like most homeschooling issues, you’ll want to be versatile and alter issues when wanted. I really consider each studying books and listening to them makes for a well-rounded expertise. Beneath, I am sharing some suggestions and concepts that labored for us through the years.

Graphic Novels

I am unable to keep in mind after we first got here throughout graphic novels, however it was almost definitely when my oldest was in early elementary college and tearing by books sooner than I might deal with. At first, I used to be anxious that these books did not “rely,” however boy was I fallacious!

Graphic novels not solely gave him the satisfaction of studying a complete e book in a sitting (relying on the size) however characters from tv (sure, my children watched tv and DVDs and movies). My youthful son liked the paintings he got here throughout in books he discovered and infrequently practiced drawing within the model of the illustrator of his favourite graphic novels.

We additionally loved discovering graphic novel variations of books we learn, equivalent to A Wrinkle In Time.  We might examine the graphic novel to the audiobook or authentic textual content. With graphic novels turning into increasingly widespread, you are certain to search out one thing that works in your youngster.


Is it too dramatic to say that audiobooks for homeschooling saved my bacon on a couple of event? It is true! Though I learn to my children practically on daily basis, we nonetheless leaned on audiobooks.

As a result of we had been within the automotive driving to and from actions or homeschool co-op, audiobooks had been my go-to to sneak in additional studying and extra of our favourite books. Even when my youngsters might simply learn for themselves, they typically selected to hearken to audiobooks at night time or throughout relaxation time so they might do different issues whereas listening.

Audiobooks present simply as many advantages as being learn to or studying for your self. This is a useful weblog publish on tips on how to discover free audiobooks for your homeschool.

And shout out to all of the wonderful narrators out on the planet! Their wonderful abilities carry phrases alive for listeners. My youngsters and I had simply as many deep and significant conversations after listening to an audiobook then we did after we learn a printed e book.

In reality, my youngsters would typically hearken to the identical audiobook a number of times–each time studying one thing new or gaining new perception. And is not that the entire level, buddies? Audiobooks rely. Interval.

Comedian Books

I separated comedian books from graphic novels since they’re totally different in size and scope (study extra about the differences between comic books and graphic novels). When certainly one of my children was having a studying droop, I launched them to Garfield comics and so they had been completely delighted! They went on to learn each assortment on the library after which we began ordering our personal copies.

Fairly quickly, my different two children bought into Garfield’s antics which then result in the invention of different comics. One child even spent a complete yr studying to attract comics, took a comic book e book drawing and writing class, and extra. We discovered tons of easy-to-read comics on all types of “college” associated subjects as properly and so they had been good on days when my children did not really feel like studying a ton however I used to be on the lookout for participating materials.


As a lot as I really like books, I additionally love magazines. I’ve had journal subscriptions in a single type or one other since I used to be 12 years outdated (Oh, hiya, Tiger Beat and Seventeen).  There was one thing about getting them within the mail every month that I liked.

My youngsters grew to like magazines as properly. Additionally they made nice items and excellent studying materials for automotive journeys or quiet time. Over time, they’d journal subscriptions that coated quite a lot of subjects like sports activities, nature, crafts, Lego, and extra. The brief, succinct articles, pictures, puzzles, trivia, and different enjoyable details made studying pleasing.

I often saved older points within the automotive for journeys or ready round at appointments (together with coloring books and crayons). Now that they’re older, they nonetheless love getting particular version magazines sometimes on the bookstore, often selecting one thing that aligns with their present hobbies.

A Number of Studying Supplies

I hope this text provides you the reassurance that you just embrace quite a lot of studying supplies in your day to assist your kid’s studying adventures. I compiled an inventory of book series for ages eight to 12 that bought my children studying (and listening). By sharing your love of the written and spoken phrase, your youngster will probably be uncovered to new tales, vocabulary, necessary classes, and extra.


Our names are Fareedah and Kamilah Amoo. We are seven and five year’s old sisters and live in Ontario, Canada, with our parents and little brother, Awad. We love writing stories, painting on canva, coding, reading books, and enjoying arts and crafts. Our goal is to motivate every child worldwide to read more books.

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