All you need to do is visit a movie theater or turn on your television to recognize that comic book franchises have become a dominant form of popular entertainment.
Since the introduction of the “Comic Book” format in 1933 with “Famous Funnies“, Comic Books, and the culture that surrounds the field, have become a part of the world’s collective DNA.
In 1947, one out of every three periodicals sold over the counter was a Comic Book1; both children and adults were regular readers. But a lot has changed in 69 years. Today, 66% of all U.S. fourth graders scored “below proficient” on the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reading test, meaning that they are not reading at grade level.2 Even more alarming is the fact that for students who are from low-income backgrounds, 80% score below grade level in reading.3
1 Trinity University – https://comicbookclass.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/hello-world/
2 NCES – http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/subject/publications/main2013/pdf/2014451.pdf
3 NCES – http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/subject/publications/main2013/pdf/2014451.pdf
The Comic Book Education Foundation (CBEF) understands the power of the sequential arts and how Comic Books can renew a student’s reading life, can inspire families to read together, and can re-energize teachers who need resources to motivate their students. We create and offer resources that promote the understanding of Comic Books and work hard to give everyone, the ability to read and express themselves through the comic book art form.
CBEF is a non-profit organization that promotes literacy through the collection, analysis and reading of Comic Books. We encourage children of all ages to develop their full creative and learning potential, through the sequential arts. We provide children access to high-quality, age-appropriate Comic Books and Graphic Novels, to help address the growing education and achievement gaps for those children who are underserved.
CBEF’s Comics for Literacy & Comic Book League programs provide greater access to high-quality, age-appropriate reading materials for students as an effort to address the growing education and achievement gaps. Giving children access to print materials is associated with positive behavioral, educational, and psychological outcomes. Our programs will serve thousands of students in school districts across the country who otherwise would not have access to quality reading materials and who don’t have the disposable income to buy reading materials. With CBEF, students can create, educate and discover – Comic Books!