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AMP! Comics for Kids to publish Reading With Pictures: The Graphic Textbook

Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) has entered an agreement to publish READING WITH PICTURES: THE GRAPHIC TEXTBOOK, an educational graphic anthology produced by the nonprofit organization Reading With Pictures. The book will be released in August 2014.

THE GRAPHIC TEXTBOOK unites the finest creative talents in the comics industry with the nation’s leading experts in visual literacy to create a game-changing tool for the classroom and beyond. This full-color volume features more than a dozen short stories (fiction and nonfiction) that address topics in Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Science, through an immersive textual and visual experience that kids will enjoy. Highlights include George Washington: Action President by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey,Doctor Sputnik: Man of Science by Roger Langridge, The Power of Print by Katie Cook, and many more. Common Core State Standards-correlated lesson plans customized to each story, research-based justifications for using comics in the classroom, a guide to establishing best classroom practices, and a comprehensive listing of educational resources will be available for educators and parents in conjunction with the release.

“The AMP! mission is to create books that kids love and their parents, teachers, and librarians support wholeheartedly,” said Kirsty Melville, President and Publisher, AMP Book Division. “Our collaboration with Reading With Pictures takes that mission to the next level, as this revolutionary format utilizes comics—what we at Andrews McMeel do best—in a way that fosters discovery and learning, and helps educators implement the Common Core standards.”

“Reading With Pictures is proud to be partnering with AMP! to bring THE GRAPHIC TEXTBOOK into schools, libraries and homes around the world,” said Josh Elder, the Founder and President of Reading With Pictures. “Our goal is to make educational content that kids will actually want to read, and no one knows more about what kids want to read than Andrews McMeel.”

About Andrews McMeel Publishing: Known as the premier producer of cutting-edge comics and best-selling humor, cookbook, gift, and nonfiction books, Andrews McMeel Publishing launched AMP! Comics for Kids in 2012, featuring comic strip collections curated for middle-grade readers, including New York Times bestseller Big Nate, Peanuts, Pearls Before Swine, and many others. Future titles include book two in the Desmond Pucket illustrated novel series, and graphic novel additions planned for summer 2014. Please visit for the full listing of titles.

About Reading With Pictures: Founded in 2009 by award-winning comic author Josh Elder (Mail Order Ninja, Scribblenauts), Reading With Pictures (RWP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that advocates for the use of comics in the classroom to promote literacy and improve educational outcomes for all students. In service to that mission, Elder travels to schools, libraries and academic conferences around the world to give lectures and seminar making the case for use of comics in the classroom. RWP also curates an open source database of lesson plans and research studies focused on comics and visual learning, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Reading With Pictures gets comics into schools and gets schools into comics. For more information, please visit

This partnership is already at work!  AMP’s Teaching with Comics and Illustrated Novelsguide, currently being distributed to educators, features Reading With Pictures. Click the images to download the PDF from Andrews McMeel.