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Five at five: diary-style and comic books

Inkpots is five years old this month and, as a way of celebrating, we’re going to do five blogs sharing some of our favourite authors, books and resources. At Inkpots, there is a wide range of interests among our children and young people and it’s a real joy to link them with books which help fire up their enthusiasms. Meeting an author isn’t just good for a child’s writing – it also opens whole new worlds, introducing experiences and ideas which could lead them into amazing adventures.

Last week we looked at the work of some of our favourite authors who mainly write ‘chapter’ books (you can catch up with that blog here). But not all the children who come to Inkpots are avid readers and some struggle with lots of words. So, books with lots of pictures, diary-style books and comics are popular with them.

Here are five we love at Inkpots:

The Tom Gates books by Liz Pichon. Liz has created the wonderful world of Tom Gates, and all his escapades are popular with many of the Inkpots children. They love all the doodles in the books – and this frees them up to explore doodling themselves and how they can be creative and express themselves in that way too.

The original Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is described as a novel in cartoons. The whole series of books is about Greg and his family. Again, the illustrations help the stories along – and make them very accessible for many children.

The Dork Diaries. All of the books in this series are written in diary format, with pictures, doodles and comic strips. The central character is Nikki Maxwell and the diaries cover her humorous and dramatic life.

A new book on the block is Bee Boy by Tony De Saulles. We loved the review copy we were sent – the story zips along and the illustrations are great fun too. Again, the pictures make the book more accessible for those children who struggle with lots of words.

The Phoenix Comic is just brilliant. (One of our favourites, Laura Ellen Anderson, is a regular contributor for one thing!) If you haven’t seen a children’s comic for a while, grab yourself a copy of The Phoenix and be prepared to be amazed. Ask Gill if you are one of our parents or near an Inkpots group.)

This is a snapshot of the kind of books which are available in this genre. We also particularly love the work done by Sarah McIntyre, Laura Ellen Anderson, Jamie Littler and the amazing Comics Club blog too.

Some parents get concerned about their children loving ‘picture’ books, and that they should be moving on. But the most important thing is that children are enjoying their books and reading. All these books can inspire, encourage and develop a child’s vocabulary and thirst for stories.

Inkpots is all about helping children express themselves through words and pictures, and we firmly believe that telling stories through pictures is hugely valuable to, and important for, many children.




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