This Saturday, May 1 is Free Comic Book Day! Visit a participating comic book shop this Saturday and you’ll receive a free comic book! Comics can be a great way to get kids interested in reading. They’re also a lot of fun for kids who love to read.

If you haven’t taken a look lately, there’s a lot going on with comics these days – new comics and graphic novels, along with lots of old favorites. There are great comics for boys and girls and kids of all ages. Some of the most popular comics in the Crocker library are Babymouse by Jennifer Holm, Bone by Jeff Smith, Sardine by Emmanuel Guibert, and The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann Martin and Raina Telgemeier.  Many children’s novels are now being introduced as graphic novels like Artemis Fowl, The Boxcar Children, and Nancy Drew.

You can buy comics at book stores and comic book shops. Don’t forget you can also check them out at your local LIBRARY. The Main branch of the Oakland Public Library has a HUGE collection of comics – HUGE! Remember, just because it’s a comic book, doesn’t mean it’s for kids. Don’t hesitate to ask the folks working in a comic shop or library for advice on age-appropriate comics.

Dr. Comics on Piedmont Avenue is participating in Free Comic Book Day. Click here to find other local comic book shops that are participating , too.

If you know a kid, get them to a comic book shop this Saturday!