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Reading With Pictures, a non-profit organization supporting the use of comics and graphic novels in education, is proud to announce the Reading With Pictures Common Core Graphic Texts List for Elementary Grades.

The list represents a large selection of the best available graphic texts for Common Core instruction, as curated by curriculum developer Tracy Edmunds, M.A., librarians Kat Kan and Rosemary Kiladitis, teacher Chris Wilson, and Dr. Katie Monnin. Titles are listed by grade band (K-1, 2-3, and 4-5) and include applicable Common Core ELA Standards for both Literature and Informational Text.

Because of their unique complexity, efficacy, efficiency, and potential for student engagement, comics and graphic novels (graphic texts) should be included among the many and varied texts used in every classroom to address the requirements of the Common Core Standards. This list is intended to assist education professionals in identifying and selecting graphic texts for instruction.

Tracy Edmunds, Curriculum Database Manager for Reading With Pictures, points out that, “While this list represents most of the best currently available graphic texts for classroom instruction at the elementary level, there are more high-quality graphic books being published all the time, and we plan to release updates to this list periodically.”

Reading With Pictures is a nonprofit organization that advocates the use of comics in the classroom to promote literacy and improve educational outcomes for all students. We work with academics to cultivate groundbreaking research into the proper role of comics in education. We collaborate with cartoonists to produce exceptional graphic novel content for scholastic use. Most importantly, we partner with educators to develop a system of best practices for integrating comics into their curriculum. At Reading With Pictures, we get comics into schools and get schools into comics.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a nationwide effort to bring diverse state curricula into alignment and to create standards that are relevant to the real world and will better prepare students to enter a globally competitive workforce.

Why should teachers use graphic texts to address Common Core Standards?

• Comics and graphic novels (graphic texts) are texts, in the same way that picture books, novels, articles, and textbooks are texts.  Most Common Core ELA Standards can be applied to graphic texts.

• Graphic novels are mentioned in the Common Core as a specific text type for grade 5 and grades 6-12.

• Graphic texts are inherently complex texts as described in the Common Core Standards, challenging students to comprehend multiple levels of meaning, complex structure and graphics, unconventional language, and sophisticated themes.

• When matching a reader to a text, teachers should consider graphic texts due to their inherent motivation, visual scaffolding, high-level vocabulary, and the demands on the reader to use higher-level thinking skills to analyze how the text and images work together and infer what happens between the panels.

• For more detailed information about how graphic texts address the Common Core Standards and lesson ideas, download the Reading With Pictures brief Integrating Comics Into the Common Core.