Free Comic Book Day is May 5th. Easy to remember because it is Cinco de Mayo. Awww wouldja look at that: comics + Mexico = happy me.
I know comic books are not everyone's thing. "kid stuff" "geek stuff" etc. ... but I still love 'em. I don't read them quite as much as I used to - mainly because this 'kid stuff' ain't cheap! But there's a helluva lot of 'comics' out there that just ain't for the kiddies. Those are the ones I like. Go me. I consider it a semblance of maturity. Don't argue with me.
I mention Free Comic Book Day because 1) it's FREE; 2) if you do have little ones, and they are not 'feeling the love' when it comes to reading - comic books are the doorway to booklove. They really are! My friend Gary, a first grade teacher, has found comics to be a great teaching tool. My own kookie Mom used comic books to reach the unreachable readers she tutored as a Jr. High School teacher's aide. Comics bridge the gap from picture books to chapter books for kids nicely - and the best part: they don't even notice that they're *ick* LEARNING TO READ. Oh sure, it's a little trickery, but frankly, instilling a love of reading is the greatest 'trick' you can pull on a kid. And it lasts a lifetime.
So check out the Free Comic Book Day website. Put your zip code into the 'store locator' to find a store near you that's participating and go pick up a pile. And if you don't have kids: so what? Get 'em for yourself!