Check out this updated 2014 list of recommended graphic novels from ALSC, the Association for Library Service to Children for grades K-2, 3rd to 5th and 6th to 8th. Keep in mind that these lists are meant for use by public libraries so be sure you still read reviews and select carefully for your school library patrons.
Toon Graphics is excited about their new release of comics, which will be of interest to students for sure but also teachers due to their connection to curriculum. Read more in this fascinating New York Times article.
I love Neil Gaiman's quote about adult's reservations towards children reading so many comics, "And you, as an adult, may think it’s junk food, devoid of calories, but what you’re failing to understand is that the kids themselves are bringing the calories.”
And then the article author's following line..."Even so, Ms. Mouly’s books are anything but literary Doritos." Enjoy! Katie
Image from "Theseus and the Minotaur," a new educational comic book for use in classrooms.
The graphic novel format is certainly taking hold and reaching out to various curricular content areas. These biographies actually look appealing and have good reviews. This one called Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey may well reach some struggling high school readers (gr. 8-12). The same author has another on Lewis and Clark, rated for even younger readers (gr 7-12).
Booklist has half a dozen more biographies listed here for middle school and high school readers by a variety of well known author/illustrators, such as Patricia and Frederick McKissack or Jim Ottaviani. Historical figures range from Houdini to Nat Love, and the trio of primate specialists Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. Check them out! Katie
ps. You might also want to look over Booklist's Top 10 Biographies for Youth, in 'standard' format. Quite a variety from K to gr. 12!
Thanks to Daniel Cornwall at the State Library for pointing out these reading lists of graphic novels posted on the ALSC (Association of Library Service to Children) website. These could be especially useful for elementary schools maintaing or building a graphic novel collection. Katie
This BoingBoing post by Cory Doctorow (author of Little Brother..and now its sequel Homeland) has a link to a PDF full of useful information and resources about using comics in the classroom. This includes tips on how using graphic novels can meet some of the new Common Core standards. We'll look into getting some of the resources listed on page 7 of the PDF for our professional collection at LMS. You might want to include links to some of the URLs in your teacher resources.
The YALSA blog The Hub has a post, by Sharon Rawlins, about African-American graphic novels that secondary schools might want to look into. Interesting cross section of fiction and non-fiction titles including a number of award winners.
You'll love the video included in this article about one of many events at the SLJ Leadership conference! You might pick up some useful tips about making comics as well meet the makers of three different series!! Won't work for sharing with students but you'll come away with some great ideas to use with students and ways to talk to parents and staff about using graphic novels.
Melanie Hadaway, content coach for English and Language Arts, up in the Curriculum Department shared a link to a great article about teachers using graphic novels by Donalyn Miller in her Book Whisperer column in EdWeekTeacher. I think you will find it interesting and pertinent to your positions in the library. I would also recommend you check out the resources provided at the bottom of the article, suggested by her guest author Terry Thompson, a website called "Great Graphic Novels for Teens" and the Cooperative Children's Book Center's Graphic Novel page.
Below are ideas shared by our elementary library staff on ways to help reluctant readers in the library setting-
Melanie Hadaway, from our Curriculum office, just stopped by to be sure we were aware of a series of graphic novels of the classics that are printed in three different levels of text. There is the Original Text, which " is the full, unabridged original script - just as the bard intended. This version is ideal for purists, students and for readers who want to experience the unaltered text." Then there is the Plain Text, where they "..take the original script and "translate" it into modern English, verse-for-verse, whilst retaining the full essence of the play. If you've ever wanted to fully appreciate the works of Shakespeare but find the original language rather cryptic then this is the version for you!" And finally there is the Quick Text, where they "...take the dialogue and reduce it to as few words as possible; but because it still features the same artwork, this version retains all of the characters, plots and motives from the play. Ideal for younger readers, reluctant readers, or for people who want to get a quick but full understanding of the play."
What a great resource for classrooms that need to differentiate for students with varying abilities. You can find out more at their website www.classicalcomics.com They are a UK publisher so ordering direct doesn't look like an option but Amazon has many of the titles and some even in library binding (at a dear price naturally). The titles available include Frankenstein, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Henry V, Jane Eyre, The Tempest, Great Expectations, the Canterville Ghost, and the Christmas Carol. In production are Midsummer Nights Dream, Dracula, Julius Caesar, Wuthering Heights, The Importance of Being Earnest and Sweeney Todd. Staring soon are Richard III and Hamlet.