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Book Bans and Censorship: The New American Epidemic

*photo credit: Nashville Scene It’s nearly impossible to read the news without seeing mention of some kind of effort to ban or pull books from library collections or classrooms. If it seems like a concerted effort, that would not be a coincidence. While there are individuals who have taken matters into their own hands on a local level, there are also groups around the country who have made it their mission to remove a list or lists of books they deem offensive. And while these stories may or may not yet be local to you, the chances of it soon […] Read More

Registration is LIVE!

🎉 Great news: we’re offering a night of bonus programming on Friday, October 14th! 🎉 Get ready to learn: 📙 Research and rationale that supports the use of comics and graphic novels in education 📙 How to use comics to teach inference and STEM subjects 📙 How comic creation can strengthen literacy skills and social-emotional learning, 📙 How to convince administrators, parents, and educators that comics, graphic novels, and manga have educational value. Click through to register for this FREE virtual conference!

Save the Date: October 15, 2022!

More event details and registration links coming soon! Reading With Pictures, the most trusted source for knowledge about the impact of comics and graphic novels for empowerment, learning, and lifelong joy, is proud to announce COMICS IN THE CLASSROOM, a virtual professional development event!

Why Comics your PDF resource on the value of comics in literacy

Last summer, we held our very first virtual con and it was quite the learning process and a success! Over the course of three days we had a lot of great presentations, panels and guest speakers. One of the products of this first event is our excellent handout called Why Comics. If you would like your own copy, please feel free to hit this link for the free download.

Resources for the Fight Against Censorship

The news of censorship efforts continues to hit daily with organized efforts by people who are intent on making sure that any book or story they do not approve of (and very often, have not even read) does not see the light of day in classrooms, school libraries, public libraries and even bookstores. There is a very visible pattern with each of these events: they attack the librarian, the teacher, bookseller and now, school board members over a list of titles that begins with the banned book list. The list has expanded to include prominent titles by authors of color on […] Read More

Welcome to the New Reading With Pictures!

Hello and thank you for stopping by! As you may have noticed from our social media and ongoing updates to the website, we’re in the midst of exciting changes to our organization, our mission, and our board. With all of these changes, we aspire to a truly global approach to literacy through the comics medium, as well as related media such as gaming, makerspace, and animation. Reading With Pictures was founded in 2009 by Josh Elder, whose vision was to bring comics into the classroom as a tool that teachers can use to engage students of all abilities. Since those days, […] Read More

Press Start 2 Rock! Our 6th Annual C2E2 Fundraiser!

We’re back for a 6th year, as the longest running C2E2 afterparty! We’re super excited to be sponsored again by Revolution Brewing and Hard Rock Cafe Chicago! The party kicks off at 9 pm and goes until they kick us out! $15 donation to RWP ($20 at the door). Tickets available here: The night will include raffles, scavenger hunts, costume contest, videogames, card games, and more! Cosplay Contest sponsored by Chicago Costume! Musical Guest: Boy Meets Robot! Emcee for the night is the amazing Groovie Louie Land For your entertainment we will also have a variety of awesome gaming throughout the […] Read More

Reading Rocks! – A C2E2 Fundraiser


Holiday Gift Guide

With the holiday season upon us, we all want to ensure that our loved ones and friends receive the right gift. So Reading With Pictures has done the work for you! The best part is that if you shop through Amazon Smile that all your purchases through Amazon (not just these!) will also ensure our organization receives a donation. For Everyone: Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter A dozen fiction and non-fiction stories that are not only fun to read, but teach concepts in math, social studies, language arts, and science. Chock full of comic goodness! Howtoons: […] Read More

Author Jonathan Hennessey on the Power of Graphic Novels in Education

Jonathan Hennessey, author of the new bestselling graphic novel The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution and The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, recently visited RWP board member David Cutler’s Government and United States History class at Brimmer and May School. The Brimmer Gator staff has posted some great video of Hennessey’s visit in which he talks about the use of graphic novels in education, graphic adaptations as scholarly sources, and how words and pictures together can make difficult subjects more accessible and learning more enjoyable. Click here […] Read More