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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

Comics Uniting Nations!

      With your support, we will make this a reality!

Can Comics Change the World? “Comics Uniting Nations” Will Make a Valiant Attempt

Reading With Pictures To Illustrate the United Nations’ Ambitious Global Goals In September, the leaders of the world will convene at the United Nations to ratify the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These Global Goals will serve as the ultimate “to-do list” for the planet, creating a shared framework for the entire human race so that we may overcome our most serious challenges – extreme poverty, education, equality, communicable disease, drinkable water, etc. For the goals to be effective, they must first be communicated to people all over the world regardless of language barriers, cultural differences or limited literacy. Reading With Pictures […] Read More

Classroom Success with Graphic Novels

by Kim Shields I first became aware of Reading with Pictures at the 2011 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  I had attended the first C2E2 in 2010, and discovered the “Pro Day” on Friday included some panels for teachers.  So, as a comic book fan of over 20 years, I had to attend! I heard Josh Elder speak, followed by Dr. Meryl Jaffee.  After processing the information from both panels, I was hooked.  I had to try this in my classroom!  Luckily, at that time, I was also in a graduate class covering “content area reading”.  We had to […] Read More

New Additions to the RWP Crew

Reading with Pictures is working hard to meet the growing demand for insightful and innovative educational comics and teaching resources. As we continue to lead the conversation on utilizing comics in the classroom, we are thrilled to announce the expansion of the RWP team. Please join us in welcoming Aliza Weinberger as our new Social Media Marketing Manager and Starsha Schiller as our Director of Development. With these new allies on our side, nothing can stop us in our quest to build awareness and action for comics in the classroom!

April FUNdraising in Chicago for Reading With Pictures

April in Chicago means two things are about to invade the Chicago lakeshore: beautiful springtime weather, and the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) at McCormick place! This year, Reading with Pictures is partnering with local event organizers CrawlNightLong ( to make a month-long fundraising extravaganza. Everything kicks off April 1st, when nearby South Loop pizza joint Flo & Santos ( celebrates their 5th anniversary by serving up their April pizza of the month, a superhero-themed “The Flame” pie. With pepperoni, garlic, smoked ghost pepper mozzarella cheese, and sriracha sauce, this is surely a pizza you won’t forget. And to […] Read More

Teacher-Created Science Comics by Laura Balliett

The Cool School Rap My name is Laura Balliett, and I am the creator of The Cool School Rap, STEM curriculum in comic form. I teach middle school math and science at a Lakewood charter school for at-risk youth. These are kids that haven’t been able to make it in public school. They enter my classroom with a wide variety of learning needs, many of these needs leaving them to enter the classroom with below grade level learning skills. One of the most prominent challenges I have faced with my students is an aversion to reading. Many of my students […] Read More

Comics for Younger Readers with Female Leads

My local comic shop contacted me recently, requesting some ideas for parents who come in asking for comics “for girls.” Now, we all know that good comics can be enjoyed by both boys and girls, but I understand the intention of the question. Often girls don’t see themselves represented in mainstream superhero comics or product tie-in comics that many boys enjoy. To that end, I put together a list of comics featuring female lead characters. I have divided the list into younger readers (up to age 8) and middle grade readers (ages 8-12), but these age ranges are approximate. These comics […] Read More