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What’s New in the Database for September

We’ve added some great resources to the database this month, including a couple of videos and our new Common Core recommendations for elementary grades.  As always, access to the database is free when you register. Thanks for your support of our mission to get comics into schools and schools into comics.


The Reading With Pictures Common Core Graphic Texts List for Elementary Grades 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.


In the Putting Books to Work blog at the International Reading Association’s Reading Today OnlineAimee Rogers reviews graphic novels and provides ideas for classroom use, cross-curricular connections, and additional resources and activities for each title.

            Annie Sullivan and The Trials of Helen Keller

            Hades Lord of the Dead 

            Amelia Earhart; this Broad Ocean 

            Anne Frank 

            War Brothers 


Using Graphic Novels in Education is an ongoing feature by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine books that have been targeted by censors and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such books in classrooms.

            Barefoot Gen


            American Born Chinese

            The Silence of Our Friends


Comics in the Classroom: An Engagement Strategy video on the Teaching Channel: Video featuring U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature John Scielza, publisher Francoise Mouly, and graphic artist Dan Goldman (Shooting War, ’08) that reviews the reasons for using comics in the classroom.


The webinar Using Graphic Texts with Print and Non-Print Media to Promote Multiliteracies illustrates how graphic novels, news reports and non-fiction books can be integrated in middle school classrooms to teach visual and verbal literacies and social studies while addressing Common Core Standards of using multiple literacy sources and multi-media tools. Taught by Dr. Meryl Jaffe, author of Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators.