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Charities Comics for Heroes, Reading with Pictures & MagazineLiteracy.org Team for ARCTIC AIRLIFT

MagazineLiteracy.org, Comics for Heroes, & Reading with Pictures join forces for International Literacy Day Arctic Airlift to get Comics and Magazines to Inuit Schools and Families at the top of the World Madison, WI—MagazineLiteracy.org, Comics for Heroes, and Reading with Pictures are celebrating International Literacy Day at the top of the world this year by joining forces to collect comics and magazines for Inuit schools and families north of the Arctic Circle. The “Arctic Airlift for Literacy” will get comics donated by consumers at comic book stores in the United States and magazines collected in the U.S. and Canada to […] Read More

Summer Reading ideas for Kindergarten through Second Grade

Some may argue with me here and say that all books for primary grades are picture books, so why do they need graphic novels? Fair enough. Books for children ages 5-7 are picture books, but with a difference – picture books usually feature large, 2-page spreads and pictures that take up one page at a time. These books are wonderful, and teach children how to read, count, and learn their colors. They tell enduring stories with beautiful art and simple text. But what a graphic novel does is tell stories sequentially. By reading a graphic novel, even one without words […] Read More

SUMMER READING…WITH COMICS!

Ah, summer.  Time to kick back, relax, and read!  It’s a great opportunity to improve kids’ literacy skills, expand their horizons, and let them enjoy books and comics just for fun.  But how do you find great comics and graphic novels for kids?  Here are some ideas from the professionals at Reading With Pictures. • Try your local library! Many libraries have graphic novel collections. Just ask a librarian to point you to the all-ages or children’s comics and graphic novels. The best part is kids can read them for free. • Visit your local comic shop!  Comic shops are […] Read More

Wake up that Summer Reading list with Graphic Novels!

Today we have a post from Reading With Pictures volunteer Rosemary Kiladitis. She is a longtime comic book reader, bibliophile, newly minted librarian, and mom of 3. She is a youth literacy advocate who loves reader’s advisory and thinks every classroom library deserves a graphic novel section. If you have kids in grade school or high school, you know that with the promise of summer vacation brings the necessity of Summer Reading. Teachers will send home suggested reading lists, which will likely be met with some trepidation—after being told what to read all school year long, can’t a kid just read […] Read More

History in Black and White: Reading Maus in Middle School

Today we have a post from Reading With Pictures volunteer Rosemary Kiladitis. She is a longtime comic book reader, bibliophile, newly minted librarian, and mom of 3. She is a youth literacy advocate who loves reader’s advisory and thinks every classroom library deserves a graphic novel section. Two years ago, my son’s Social Studies class discussed the Holocaust; he read Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, as part of the lesson. At the time, I was working on my Master’s degree in Library Science and taking a Materials for Young Adults class, and had received several good suggestions from Will to enhance my reading list. It […] Read More

Reading With Pictures – C2E2 recap!

Today’s blog post comes from long time volunteer and RWP contributor Trevor Mueller. Check out the original post here.

KCC BUCKS 4 BOOKS

Today we welcome a guest post from Alex Simmons, founder of Kids Comic Con.  He’s sharing a story about a really exciting campaign he’s doing to help get comics into the classroom! About 12 days ago I launched the KCC BUCKS 4 BOOKS fundraiser on IndieGoGo.com.  The purpose is to help raise money so that at our event on May 11th, we can give some money to needy children so they can buy books there.   How much is explained on the fundraiser web site.  How many is dependent on how much we raise. Why am I, and my KCC volunteers, doing this?  Let […] Read More

Welcome to the new Reading With Pictures website!

We are extremely excited to debut our new website.  With this new space on the internet we’ll be able to truly be the hub for learning and advocating for comic books in the classroom.  Here are some highlights: A searchable database for teaching resources, research and rationale, and recommendations – free to use! A login portal to easily manage your interests with our organization and upload your own curriculum and research to put into our database A rolling list of events that we’re either putting on or where you can find us at big conventions like C2E2 A great blog […] Read More

Spotlight On…

TEACHING RESOURCES We have created an interactive database for educators to easily download curriculum and lesson plans right to your email! These are categorized by grade level and allow you to search even deeper by subject.  And it’s all free! RESEARCH AND RATIONALE Our new website also means you can find great resources to support the usage of comics in the classroom.  You’ll be able to support what you already know – that comics need to be in the classroom! RECOMMENDED READING AND REVIEWS The volunteers at Reading With Pictures have combed through tons of pages appropriate for all ages […] Read More

WAR STORIES: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

By Ellen Ma Staff Writer REVIEW Garth Ennis brings you this series that consists of eight standalone short stories taken place during World War II, with one set in the Spanish Civil War. Although Ennis is the main writer, each story is taken on by a different artist. The unique quality about this series is the different perspectives of each short story, which may be one of the reasons as to why there are so many artists.