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Holiday Gift Guide

With the holiday season upon us, we all want to ensure that our loved ones and friends receive the right gift. So Reading With Pictures has done the work for you! The best part is that if you shop through Amazon Smile that all your purchases through Amazon (not just these!) will also ensure our organization receives a donation.


For Everyone:

Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter

A dozen fiction and non-fiction stories that are not only fun to read, but teach concepts in math, social studies, language arts, and science. Chock full of comic goodness!

Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction

Sister and brother Celine and Tucker attempt to make “something other than trouble” using everyday objects to invent toys that readers can build. Combining comics and real-life science and engineering principles, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become active participants in the world around them. Includes over 50 DIY projects!

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Romeo & Juliet

The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo . . . until the gates shut at night. That’s when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare’s greatest works. A hilarious take on the Bard that all readers will love.


For Younger Readers:

Comics Squad: Recess!

An all-star line-up of kids’ comics creators tackle everyone’s favorite school subject: recess! This book includes: Pizza Monsters! Secret ninja clubs! Aliens! Talking desserts! Dinozilla! Death-defying escapes! Bad guys! Good guys! Medium guys! Superheroes! Bullies! Mean girls! Epic battles! True love! Outlandish schemes! Evil plans! Fun! Jokes! Terrible puns! And other surprises that will tickle your funny bone! WARNING: THIS BOOK MAY CAUSE EXCESSIVE LAUGHTER AND POSSIBLE SILLINESS.

El Deafo

In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful and very awkward hearing aid. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” More importantly, Cece declares a place for herself in the world and finds the friend she’s longed for.

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor

In his latest Hazardous Tales book, Nathan Hale tells the incredible true-life story of Harriet Tubman with humor and sensitivity—perfect for reluctant readers and classroom discussions. And be sure to check out all of the other books in the series!

Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Learn about habitats and ecosystems with Cecil the toad and his friends as they try to stop a freeway being built through their pond. What can a small group of amphibians, a worm, a free-range hamster, and a reincarnating fly do against construction vehicles and a steady onslaught of hot asphalt? Read to find out!

Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook

Three kids with a secret club, a high-tech lair, and some mad maker skills use their crazy contraptions to take on an evil mad scientist.  Ridiculously detailed panels and pages will have readers captivated for hours!


For Older Readers:


Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. Together, they are about to wreak some serious havoc. As small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit. 2015 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

Oddly Normal

Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old half-witch half-girl with pointed ears and green hair, must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents’ disappearance. Join Oddly as she navigates a strange new school, teenage angst, monstrous bullies, and Evil itself on an unforgettable fantasy adventure through the vibrant world of Fignation in Oddly Normal. A great twist on the teen outsider story.

Rapunzel’s Revenge

A swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you’ve never seen it before. Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.

Olympians Boxed Set

New York Times bestselling author George O’Connor turns his extensive knowledge of the original Greek myths into rip-roaring graphic novel storytelling. (All titles available separately as well)

March: Book One

March is a vivid first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas

An accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. Thanks to the charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.

Back To The Future IV: The Fundraiser was a success!


Thanks for everyone who came out on October 21, 2015 at The Radler. While we’re sad the Cubs lost, we did have a blast and hope to see you at our next event! We raised important funds for our mission and am so grateful for supporters like Arcade Brewing, Wormhole Coffee, NeonCRM, and all who attended!

Comics Uniting Nations project update

Dear Friends:

We want to thank each and every one of you for your support in our Kickstarter campaign.

We set the bar extremely high for ourselves, and despite the generous pledges of our backers and some truly heroic efforts by the Reading With Pictures team, our contributors and our nonprofit and publishing partners, we just weren’t able to clear that bar in time.

But this does NOT mean that the Comics Uniting Nations project is finished. Far from it! Thanks to our recently-secured partnership with The World’s Largest Lesson, we will be helping produce a special comic designed to introduce the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development to millions of students all over the world. We will also be facilitating the production and distribution of single-page comic stories donated by talented and passionate comic creators from around the globe.

We had hoped to do more, but we’re still bringing high-quality educational comics to an enormous number of students all over the world, and that is an incredible victory – one that wouldn’t have been possible without your support.

And if you would still like to contribute to the success of Comics Uniting Nations, you are invited to make a tax-deductible donation to Reading With Pictures by clicking here. All funds received through this link will be earmarked specifically for the Comics Uniting Nations project.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of this cause to bring free, high-quality educational comics to children all over the world.

Onward and upward!

Josh Elder
Founder and Executive Director
Reading With Pictures

2015 – an exciting year ahead!


We’re very excited about what has happened in 2014 and look forward to sharing all the great news and programs with you as we move into 2015. Reading With Pictures is about to launch the largest collection of comic book literacy materials the world has seen. Our organization has big plans and we need your help!

With your support, our organization plans on:

  • Spread the word on “Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter”
  • Help teachers with awesome lesson plans, like this free one from Andrews McMeel
  • Launching a comic book recommendations and reviews section to our searchable database
  • Continue to showcase how comics can work in the classroom at workshops around the country
  • Hire a staff member to implement our after school program
  • Continue our internationally acclaimed workshops around the globe

Stay tuned for even more good news and donate today to help support our mission!