If you read comics on your iPad, then you know that some of the content is not exactly suitable for kids 12 and under. Even Superman comics tend to be a bit risqué these days (just look at Supergirl for reference). To make sure that your little tykes are reading comics that are age-appropriate, check out the list below. You’ll thank us when you don’t have to explain to little Johnny why the Hulk just ripped Wolverine in half and threw him to the other side of the planet.
Comics + Kids (Free) Made by the same company that created Comics Plus, this is revised for kids. You don’t have to worry about your little one accidentally downloading violent and explicit comics and discovering what the Ultimate X-Men do behind closed doors. Just because the focus is on kid-friendly comics, doesn’t mean the content suffers. There are 12 publishers accessible through this app, including Archie Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Red 5, IDW, and more. There are 14 free titles to check out and more than 500 additional titles that can be purchased for between $0.99 and $2.99. Just like the grownups, new titles come out weekly and are available for download the same day.
Middle School Confidential Series ($2.99) Annie Fox and the creative team at Electric Eggplant have successfully published a series of comic books for the iPad directed at preteens. These entertaining stories are full of life lessons without being preachy or overly authoritative. Taking stories from actual issues that preteens face, Fox created the comics to help kids cope with things like fake friends, self-esteem, and eating disorders. With advice from a group of awkward youngsters who have their own insecurities, preteens can connect with the characters on these pages and, hopefully, make good decisions in life. Check out our hands-on review of one of the books here. We also interviewed Annie Fox back in May. Read the interview here.
Children’s Bible Stories (Free) If you have trepidations about letting your young one fill his or her head with super heroes and aliens, or maybe you just want to increase your child’s biblical knowledge, this app offers 11 different bible stories in comic book form. Your little one can learn about the birth of Jesus Christ, Genesis, biblical Kings and profits, St. Francis of Assisi and more. Every week, a new comic book or movie goes free. The Children’s Prayer is also included for free with the download. Regular priced comics range between $2.99 and $6.99. There are also videos available for $11.99 and $13.99 that can be purchased within the app.
Children’s Tales (Free) For the very young ones in your life, you may want to start their comic book adventuring with some illustrated stories and movies. These unusual tales come from around the world and offer interesting perspectives on children’s stories. Read such tales as “The Hairy and Horrible Monster is Coming,” or “The Moon Princess.” Each story is full of family values and healthy morality. They all come in six different languages. If you’re trying to learn a new language, reading a children’s book in that language is a great way to practice. The app includes four free books and offers additional stories for between $1.99 and $5.99.
Comic Book! ($1.99) Instead of reading comics that someone else has created, why not make your own. This app uses a traditional comic book panel layout and lets you add your own images and thought bubbles. It offers a wide variety of image filters like Comic, Sketch, Vibrant and others. There are 10 customizable photo filters, nine auto scaling text captions, 30 different panel layout options, classic comic book graphics, like “Bam! Pow! Biff!” and seven different licensed comic fonts. Once you’ve created your first issue, convert it to a PDF and share with friends and family. Check out our hands-on review here.