Positive Press Coverage for Graphic Novels

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!

WNDU.com "Solution Squad: Students Use Comics in Math Class" (April 2, 2014)

Local television news profiles elementary class that utilizes comics in their math class.

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal "Comic Book Display Garners Attention" (February 26, 2014)

A man creates a comic exhibit in his local library to share the love of reading.

CNBC: "Why Tonight's Homework May Involve Reading Comics" (October 17, 2013)

Interviews with a librarian and teacher who have spoken about the beneficial use of comics

Saul This Week: "Using Comics to Teach Literacy has Marvel-ous Results" (October 6, 2013)

Feature on how Hamilton, ON Strathcona Elementary teacher Peter Kment uses comics to engage his students

Library Journal: "Q&A: Prison Librarian Philip Ephraim on the Positive Effects of Comics" (July 3, 2012)

An interview with prison librarian Philip Ephraim about the positive effects of graphic novels.

Denton Record-Chronicle: "Class Reads Between the Lines of Comics" (June 30, 2012)

University of North Texas professor Shaun Treat illustrates the deeper themes present in comic books in his summer class.

Brookings Register: "Not Your Old Time 'Comic Books' (January 25, 2012)

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.

Maple Ridge News: "Teaching a Whole New Way to Read" (June 1, 2011)

Comic shop owner Nina Fowell teaches graphic novel workshops, showing students how to use pictures as well as words.

The Record (Stockton, CA): "(Graphic) Novel Approach to Reading" (January 30, 2011)

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.

Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier: "Comic Books Unlikely Heroes for Reluctant Readers" (August 27, 2010)

After years of dismissal, comics are now considered legitimate teaching tools.

University of Illinois: "For Improving Early Literacy, Reading Comics is No Childs Play" (November 5, 2009)

Library science instructor Carol L. Tilley explains how comics can help kids build literacy skills.

Examiner.com: "Visual Literacy: from picture books to political cartoons" (August 6, 2009)

A primer on using visuals to teach reading skills.

DePauw University: "Sociology Illustrated"

How a sociology professor uses graphic novels to enhance her lessons.

Examiner.com: "Manga: a Path to Literacy?" (July 19, 2009)

Teacher Yvonne Waterson explains how came to recognize comics as literature.

Parenting.com: "Are Graphic Novels Okay?"

Parenting.com says "yes" and offers tips for finding age appropriate material.

Los Angeles Daily News: "Free Comic Book Day highlights why pen, ink and color are indeed mighty" (May 1, 2009)

Graphic novels in the classroom are sparking children's interest in reading.

Traverse City Record-Eagle: "Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers" (March 30, 2009)

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.