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Those who read for pleasure are shown to do better in a wide range of subjects at school with it also positively impacting comprehension, critical thinking and well-being in life. With new research shows comics to be inspiring children to become lifelong readers.
With almost one in ten children most enjoying reading comics, the latest research commissioned by Readly reveals that parents and grandparents believe that comics can encourage children to develop a habit and love of reading. Almost half of parents and grandparents read fantasy or comics themselves as a child with many adults still reading them today. Comics are particularly helpful for reluctant readers with less stress and inspiration being key to the cognitive learning process.
Readly collaborates with Disney to launch 80+ Disney magazines on the digital subscription app
Making reading a magical experience
Almost one in ten children enjoy reading comics out of all literature choices. With almost a quarter (23%) of parents and grandparents feeling its top benefit is creating a habit and a love of reading. This is according to the latest research commissioned by Readly, the European leader in digital magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
- Those who read for pleasure are shown to do better in a wide range of subjects at school and it positively impacts comprehension, critical thinking and well-being. The most intriguing question about literacy development is just how we can best support children to become readers for life.
- Feeding their imagination, almost half (42%) of adults have read fantasy or comics as a child with 11 per cent of adults still reading this format today. Helping to develop a life-long passion for literature, almost three-quarters (72%) of childhood comic readers reflect that it played an important role in inspiring their interest in reading.
- Sparking curiosity and a lust for literature, the new research reveals that over a third (34%) of parents and grandparents have introduced comics or fantasy magazines to their children or grandchildren. The 2,000 UK-wide poll by YouGov for Readly marks the launch of Disney comics and magazines on the all-you-can-read Readly app.
Almost a third of children (27%) are reading both digital and physical formats equally, building a strong reading culture, with 41% of children reading on digital formats every day or several times a week.
Disney Magazines on Readly
Readly has collaborated with Disney to bring over 80 Disney magazines to its subscribers. Featuring much-loved character comics such as Disney’s Frozen, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, High School Musical, Star WarsTM and MARVEL. Young readers can immerse themselves in the Disney experience through brilliant stories, fantasy adventures, craft ideas and activities based on their favourite Disney characters.
The Disney magazines are available to all the family as part of Readly’s unlimited reading subscription where users can instantly access and read magazines and newspapers at home or on the go via their smartphone, tablet or laptop. The Disney magazine portfolio features in Readly’s children’s category.
“Comics are a gateway into creating life-long readers. Kids who read graphic novels and short form content are more likely to foster a love of reading. It helps create a healthy reading habit, provides exposure and drives confidence for reading. With the illustration helping to deepen the narrative and reveal important social and cultural cues,” says Child Development Expert Dr Jacqueline Harding, Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University, and former BBC Education Editor and Headteacher
Research by The National Literacy Trust
Research by The National Literacy Trust shows having opportunities to read digitally could be particularly effective for children with low levels of reading engagement, such as reluctant readers. For these children, reading enjoyment increased not only in relation to reading on screen but also reading in print, indicating that reading digitally had the potential to provide a route into general reading and literacy.
We are delighted to welcome these much-loved titles to our platform and boost the joy of reading. Digital reading amongst children and indeed all the family is increasing and research shows that it is beneficial for children to read various forms of quality content such as comics and magazines so it’s the perfect time to offer these popular magazines to all the family alongside the broad portfolio of titles on our platform, says Ranj Begley, UK MD and Chief Content Officer at Readly.
Readly offers 6,300 magazines and newspapers on its app and as a subscription gives users five profiles per household, so the whole family can enjoy access too. Perfect for both young and old – from reading the morning paper to immersing yourself in your favourite interests or specialist topics. You can bookmark the latest recipe, research the next must-have tech, or future holiday destination or delve into an epic adventure with your favourite Disney character.
Readly is £9.99 per month for unlimited reading. Visit Readly for more information.