The practice of using graphic novels as a teaching tool has grown substantially in recent years; it’s a relatively new format, but educators across the country are finding that they’re a great way to supplement curricula and are a powerful motivator for students to learn. The combination of concise text and exciting illustrations captivates students across all reading levels, especially struggling and reluctant readers. For these students, graphic novels offer a bridge to literature by building reading skills and boosting confidence.
As the demand for graphic novels has grown, we’ve built a collection of titles at Grade 2 through Grade 4+ levels. Many are from best-selling authors and have been highly reviewed by trusted sources such as School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. It can be difficult to find graphic novels with age-appropriate content, so our selections reflect this need with fun, age-appropriate, and relatable titles.
A few helpful resources on teaching with graphic novels:
- Using Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom (National Council of Teachers of English)
- A Guide to Using Graphic Novels With Children and Teens (Scholastic)
- Librarian & Educator Tools from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
- How to Teach Graphic Novels – Zophia Niemtus
- Comics in Education – Gene Yang
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