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!
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.
Through books and seminars, librarian Deborah Ford preaches the use of comics in schools and libraries.
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.
Reporter Sheena Goodyear looks at the recent profileration of graphic novel courses being taught in Canadian universities
Graphic Novel popularity with teens is looked at through soaring library circulation numbers
Two exhibitions highlight the depth and diversity of today's comics and cartoonists.
Ennis Daily News: "Comics Provide Gateway to Youth Literacy" (December 2, 2008)
Public librarians and literacy specialists weigh in on the role of comics and graphic novels in motivating kids to read.
Wired News: "How Comics Can Save Us From Scientific Ignorance" (November 24, 2008)
An examination of educational comics, specifically those dealing with science.Comics may be a useful tool in overcoming the current crisis in science education.
Canyon Springs Elementary School after-school students learn to make comics with help from Atom and Portlyn Freeman of Brave New World Comics. The lesson was part of the School District's ongoing focus on reading comprehension.
Dark Horse founder and Portland State alumnus Mike Richardson donates a collection of every Dark Horse publication to the University.
Science Magazine: Education Innovations Liven Up Undergraduate Science Class" (September 26, 2008)
Cartoonist and biology professor Jay Hosler creates and uses scientific comics as an educational resource
The Age - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: "Graphic Tales Make Novel Teaching Tools" (September 21, 2008)
Liza Power profiles changing attitudes about comics in classrooms, and the use of the medium in teaching how to interpret visual information.
George Gener Gustines reports on Google's choice to use a Scott McCloud-illustrated comic book to introduce its new web browser.
First-Year students at Ithica College will read and discuss the graphic novel Persepolis as part of its First-Year Reading Intitiative
Bob Thompson examines recent publishing trends and the rise of the graphic novel as a literary medium.
Randy Dotinga reports on the growing academic acceptance of graphic novels in conjunction with the academic conference held at Comic-Con International.
Catherine Mary Evans reports on a new Graphic Novel Illustration course to be taught at the North Wales School of Art and Design. The first of its kind in the UK, this course reflects a growing trend of graphic novels being embraced by higher education.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Getting Kids to Read Starts With Getting Kids to Look" (May 13, 2008)
Norman Draper reports on Champlin Park High School's summer reading project, which involves the entire school community reading the graphic novel American Born Chinese and culminates in a visit from the author, Gene Yang.
Edutopia: "A New Literary Hero: Comics Make for Colorful Learning" (May 8, 2008)
Ed Finkel provides an overview of using comic books as a tool for teaching literacy through group projects.
Time Kids covers current educational initiatives involving comics and literacy, including the Maryland Comic Book Initiative.
A piece about a research study using comic books to develop sophisticated literacy skills with English-language learners in Portland, Oregon.
Chris Simon profiles Freeze DNA, an Ontario-based comic art team that teaches comic art classes to elementary school children. Freese DNA executive director Justin Stanberry discusses how comic books can be used to improve literacy.
John Ridley talks to TV writer Joss Whedon, novelist Jodi Picoult and rapper Percy Carey about their stints writing comics and the allure of the medium for different types of writers.
Reporter Linda Lou talks to several different college professors in California who include graphic novels in the curriculum.
Michael Kimmelman reports on the use of "The Search", a text book in comic book form, to teach eighth-graders in Berlin about the Holocaust.
Sam Miller and Cynthia Rupe list graphic novels that are being used to teach Shakespeare and SAT vocabulary, as well as a new book on the educational potential of video games.
An editorial article on the rise of comic books in educational settings, and the potential benefits.
Elissa Gootman reports on a number of educational initiatives to promote literacy using comic books and graphic novels.
An article about the adoption of sequential art classes and programs in a growing number of academic institutions.
USA Today: “Teachers Are Getting Graphic” (May 3, 2005)
Staff writer Greg Toppo chronicles the growing recognition of the educational merits of the graphic novel. The article also includes a sidebar that lists age-appropriate comics and profiles Bone creator Jeff Smith’s involvement as a creator whose own work has been praised by librarians and teachers.
A transcript of a piece produced by WNYC’s Beth Fertig featuring an interview with students at Luther King High School in Manhattan about a project called The Comic Book Program, and how comics have helped them to improve their literacy.
Another article describing how graphic novels are becoming helpful teaching tools in school classrooms. This time CSM’s Teresa Mendez recounts how an upstate New York English teacher uses comics as a “bridge to other things.”
Michael J. Martinez reports on California State University Professor Wes Seeger’s use of original comic books to teach derivatives and futures to his students. The comics, which feature the Seeger-created character Kaptain Kelmoore, were inspired by similar titles released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 1994.
According to Valerie Strauss’s article, the Comic Book Project “allows children to use their storytelling skills — through drawing and writing — to create comic books based on educational themes.” Since its introduction in 2001, the project has been adopted by a number of schools nationwide.
Moshay Simpson reports on a class entitled, “Comic Books as Literature,” which covers a wide range of comics titles, offered at San Marcos, CA’s Palomar College.
Staff writer Emily Wax explains how many public schools use comics and describes how comics have evolved from in-school contraband to teaching tools.