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Celebrating 2021 and Looking Ahead to 2022

Hello, dear friend of Reading With Pictures. 2021 has been a very busy year as we have been focused on renewing our operations, creating a new logo, updating policies, and creating innovative programming and new resources for teachers, librarians, and publishing professionals. In August, we launched our first Teaching With Comics conference, a three-day virtual event featuring two keynote speakers: educator, poet, activist, and comic creator Dr. Lee Francis IV and educator, artist, and cartoonist Cara Bean. Thanks to the hard work of our team and sponsors like Manga Classics, Pixton, and Diamond Book Distributors, the event was a great […] Read More

Registration for the FREE Teaching With Comics Conference Closes Friday, August 6!

Register now for Reading With Pictures Presents: Teaching with Comics, a FREE three-day fully virtual conference for educators and parents who are interested in harnessing the value of sequential art for teaching content, developing social-emotional skills, and fostering creativity among students as young as preschoolers up through university, which takes place August 9-11, 2021! But act fast — registration closes August 6, 2021!  Register now! This year’s Teaching With Comics virtual conference features a gorgeous poster with characters and art by Leia L Huddleston! Everyone who registers for Teaching With Comics will receive high-resolution files that you can print for your classroom, library, […] 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

Back To The Future IV: The Fundraiser was a success!

Thanks for everyone who came out on October 21, 2015 at The Radler. While we’re sad the Cubs lost, we did have a blast and hope to see you at our next event! We raised important funds for our mission and am so grateful for supporters like Arcade Brewing, Wormhole Coffee, NeonCRM, and all who attended!

RWP at SDCC 2015

Reading With Pictures held four exciting panels at San Diego Comic-Con. Thank you to everyone who attended! We appreciate your enthusiasm and support and hope you all had a fabulous time at Comic-Con. As promised, below you will find links to information about all of the panelists and the resources that were mentioned during our discussions. If you have photos, audio, or video of any of our panels to share, please email Thank you to everyone who came out — you’re awesome!         Panels: Comics Are For Everyone: Helping Every Student See Themselves in the Medium Content […] Read More

Comics Uniting Nations project update

Dear Friends: We want to thank each and every one of you for your support in our Kickstarter campaign. We set the bar extremely high for ourselves, and despite the generous pledges of our backers and some truly heroic efforts by the Reading With Pictures team, our contributors and our nonprofit and publishing partners, we just weren’t able to clear that bar in time. But this does NOT mean that the Comics Uniting Nations project is finished. Far from it! Thanks to our recently-secured partnership with The World’s Largest Lesson, we will be helping produce a special comic designed to […] Read More