Getting Graphic!

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Get a little graphic in your library! Jumpstart a literary adventure for your young adult audience and watch reading enthusiasm soar! An introductory guide to graphic novels for both school and public librarians. Learn how to entice your students into the library for a literary adventure that will awaken their passion for reading.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a nuts and bolts professional resource that doubles as an introductory guide to the graphic novel format, as well as a collection development tool for school and public librarians. The introductory chapters focus on defining the graphic novel and demonstrate the literary merit and cross-generational appeal of this format. Another chapter presents an historical overview of comic books and graphic novels. The remainder of the book moves in a different direction, focusing on incorporating these novels in the curriculum. Of special interest to librarians will be the chapter on collection development issues and bibliographic control, as well as programming and outreach. The book also includes lists of recommended titles. This book is an essential professional resource for both school and public librarians who want to be well informed on this new genre. Put this title on your "must buy" list. Glossary. Highly Recommended."


Library Media Connection

Aiming to provide a solid introduction to a format that might still be unfamiliar to school librarians and others working with young adults and books, Austin Public Library's Wired for Youth librarian succeeds in delivering guidance that is immediately useful. Following a brief overview of comics in American popular culture and a quick survey of readily reproducible programs using graphic novels to promote reading, the bulk of the book is a series of annotated recommendations sorted by appropriate target audience. Of particular note is the concise and inspired table of "Graphic Novels and Literary Devices," which spells out specific ways in which titles address curricular demands. Appendixes address such concerns as designing collection development and reconsideration policies that support graphic novel collections. The annotations themselves, which cover nearly eighty different stand-alone works and several long-running series, do not always include specifics about possibly controversial details, but several types of coding (attached to grade level or denoting mature content) remind the librarian or teacher using this guide to look at the material for themselves before placing it in a local collection where it might not be suitable. Part of a growing body of professional attention to the format, Gorman's book is an excellent tool for both collection developers and those wondering how to connect potential young readers to the graphic novel collection that they are building. 2003, Linworth, 140p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Appendix., pb. Ages adult professional.
—Francisca Goldsmith
School Library Journal
This title serves as an introduction to the world of fiction and nonfiction comics. Collection-development policies are addressed as well as cataloging, shelving, and maintaining these heavily circulating books. Gorman provides ideas for the genre's integration into classroom curriculum and suggests promotional activities for school and public libraries. An annotated bibliography of "50 Graphic Novels" suitable for readers in sixth grade and up is an added bonus to start a new collection or add to an existing one. A list of 10 "safe" graphic novels is included for even the most conservative libraries. This book is a great resource for staff development and for anyone looking for a reason to justify the purchase of these books.-Kathleen A. Nester, Downingtown High Ninth Grade Center, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586830892
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 114
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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