Getting Graphic! Comics for Kidsby Michele Gorman, Jimmy Gownley
Finallya resource for selecting graphic novels at the elementary level! Getting Graphic! Comics for Kids is the first comprehensive listing of graphic novels specifically targeted for the elementary reader. This handy resource includes annotated bibliographies of graphic novels for kids 6-12, all carefully reviewed by Michele Gorman, one of today's/i>
Finallya resource for selecting graphic novels at the elementary level! Getting Graphic! Comics for Kids is the first comprehensive listing of graphic novels specifically targeted for the elementary reader. This handy resource includes annotated bibliographies of graphic novels for kids 6-12, all carefully reviewed by Michele Gorman, one of today's leading authorities on graphic novels in the library world. No more worrying whether the graphic novel content is appropriate for young readers. Now, there is a book you can trust to help you develop a quality, age-appropriate graphic novel collection for young readers, including fiction, nonfiction, and manga. It also contains more than 15 pages from some of the most popular comics for kids today, helping librarians and teachers understand the appeal of this popular format.You'll alsofind a foreword by Jeff Smith, renowned creator of the Bone graphic novel series, as well as original cover art featuring cartoonist Jimmy Gownley's adorable cast of characters from his outstanding Amelia Rules! series. This is a must have for elementary school librarians, public librarians, elementary teachers, and administrators.
In the rush to convince everyone that "comics aren't just for kids," K-12 level graphic novels seemed to drop off industry radar. Then publishers woke up. Kids reading comics grow into teens and adults reading comics-and, because comics are a wonderful tool for literacy, just reading, period. So 2006 and 2007 were banner years for children's graphic novels. Gorman provides annotations with plot summaries and age ratings for over 270 recommended titles: manga (including original English-language manga), fiction other than manga, and nonfiction. Black-and-white comics excerpts lend pizzazz to the book and help sell the concept, and a glossary and resources section round out the work. North Carolina librarian Gorman writes the "Getting Graphic!" column in Library Media Connection and authored the information-packed Getting Graphic! Using Graphic Novels To Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens(Linworth, 2003). Her latest will be invaluable for book selection, RA, and as a resource when parents ask, "Are comics safe for my kid?" Essential for public and school libraries.
Building upon the foundation of Getting Graphic! Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens (Linworth, 2003), Gorman has developed a companion guide to childrena's titles. Approximately 110 individual citations are organized into three sections. "Comic Fiction" includes 69 annotations: 41 are stand-alone or first titles in a series and 28 are multiple-volume graphic novels. Ten series annotations also include a brief description of each title in the series. "Manga" begins with an introduction to the format and cites 14 Japanese and 13 Original English Language titles. Since graphic nonfiction represents a small segment of graphic works, "Comic Nonfiction" is limited to series listings and 11 stand-alone titles, two of which are usually classified as fiction. Annotations include general publication information and recommended grade-level designations based on the authora's determination of "developmentally appropriate" content and reading level. One outstanding feature is the inclusion of 22 black-and-white reproductions of pages from a variety of graphic novels, giving readers a firsthand glimpse into format, comic style, and readability. Librarians and teachers starting a childrena's graphic-novel collection will find this volume useful.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Meet the Author
Michele Gorman is the teen services manager at ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center; The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, NC.
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