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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

Can Graphic Texts Aid Readers in Finding Information?

by Naomi Kruger-Arram, IOE, London First off, I’m going to admit something – I don’t really like graphic works. I find the pictures are often harsh and distracting, and I prefer to read a regular, linear or “block” text. But that doesn’t mean I’m not a fan. I truly am – just not for myself. As a teacher, I love the way some kids grab onto them and get so immersed. I love how people who don’t like reading, or have tremendous difficulty reading, find comfort in graphic texts and plunge in, undeterred and unintimidated. Second, I’m going to be calling […] Read More

Library-based comic cons: A do-it-yourself kit

This past weekend at New York Comic Con, Kids Read Comics and Reading With Pictures announced the start of our new joint venture — a free guide for public libraries that want to put on a comic-con-style event. The guide will include tips on programming, staffing, budgeting, finding guests, running an artist alley, and more…and our goal is to make it scalable to suit the needs of a wide range of libraries and the diverse communities they serve. Check out a PDF of our handout from NYCC in the link below. If you’re a librarian, we’d love to get your […] Read More

Guest Post: She Already is a Reader by Dan Conner

I’m Dan Conner, a moderately successful and somewhat well-known cartoonist. My comics, including My Gal, the Zombie and Dracula: Graphic Chillers, have been published by Antarctic Press, Abdo, Lamp Post, Hachette Books in Europe and Australia, and Editora Prumo in Brazil. Maybe you’re familiar with my work. What you probably don’t know, however, is that I am also an educator. It was during my first year as a full time high school special education teacher that I wrote my first “real” published graphic novels, which were adaptations of Shakespeare plays. I’ve worked in comics and education in a variety of […] Read More

RWP Blog Series at Teaching Content With Comics

Throughout the month of August, and Reading With Pictures are bringing you Comics in the Classroom, a blog series about using comics in education, including why graphic novels are complex texts as defined by the Common Core Standards, how to use graphic texts to teach in the content areas, how and where to find the best graphic texts, and more. Read the third post in this series: Teaching Content With Comics. In addition to teaching and strengthening literacy skills for all students, the comic format is a powerful tool for teaching content!, from the USC Rossier School of Education, is a comprehensive resource for information on becoming […] Read More