Graphic novels and comics have enjoyed support from teachers and librarians across the country and around the world for many years. Now as the local and national media increases attention on the medium, we will continue to provide links to these encouraging stories as they come out.
The following article summaries and links are from a variety of sources, all singing the praises of comic books and graphic novels as tools for teaching and for encouraging reading. They range from small local papers to national media outlets — a variety of opinions and insights!
And if you happen across a great article or paper on using graphic novels and comics in libraries and/or classrooms, please let us know!
Local television news profiles elementary class that utilizes comics in their math class.
A man creates a comic exhibit in his local library to share the love of reading.
Interviews with a librarian and teacher who have spoken about the beneficial use of comics
Feature on how Hamilton, ON Strathcona Elementary teacher Peter Kment uses comics to engage his students
University of Oregon's Daily Emerald profiles professor Ben Saunders, program director for the university's comic studies minor, the first of its kind in the country.
An interview with prison librarian Philip Ephraim about the positive effects of graphic novels.
University of North Texas professor Shaun Treat illustrates the deeper themes present in comic books in his summer class.
The Brookings Register (SD) looks at the Brookings Public Library's graphic novel collection, with explanations by the librarians of the diverse range of graphic novels available.
A teacher uses graphic novels to encourage students' learning and artistic skills.
Chicago Tribune Schaumberg Local: "Teacher's Comic Book Spur Reading" (January 12, 2011)
A 5th grade teacher uses comics to help reach reluctant readers.
Library science instructor Carol L. Tilley explains how comics can help kids build literacy skills.
How a sociology professor uses graphic novels to enhance her lessons.
Parenting.com: "Are Graphic Novels Okay?"
Parenting.com says "yes" and offers tips for finding age appropriate material.
Graphic novels in the classroom are sparking children's interest in reading.
Jodee Taylor talks to teachers, librarians and students about how graphic novels can lead to a love of reading. Includes a list of recommended titles.Denver Post: "Beyond Batman: Comics Come of Age as Artform" (February 6, 2009)
Two exhibitions highlight the depth and diversity of today's comics and cartoonists.