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RWP at ALA: Librarians Love Comics and Graphic Novels!


At the American Library Association’s recent convention in Las Vegas, Reading With Pictures hosted the panel Comics That Make Kids Smarter. The panelists included:

We had an engaging, wide-ranging discussion about educational comics with an audience of enthusiastic and supportive librarians. Below you will find links to each resource mentioned during the panel, as well as a few more!

Josh Elder’s Three E’s of Comics

  • Engagement: Text imparts meaning through the reader’s active engagement with written language.
  • Efficiency: The comic format conveys large amounts of information in a short time.
  • Effectiveness: Processing text and images together leads to better recall and transfer of learning.

Finding Comics and Graphic Novels for Younger Readers

Resources from Reading With Pictures

Resources for Creating Comics with Students

Closing quote:
It always strikes me as supremely odd that high culture venerates the written word on the one hand, and the fine visual arts on the other. Yet somehow putting the two together is dismissed as juvenilia. Why is that? Why can’t these forms of art go together like music and dance?
– Jonathan Hennessey, author of The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, and The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation