Graphic Novels In Your Library

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Many educators now agree that graphic novels inform as well as entertain, and to dismiss the educational potential of the graphic novel is to throw away a golden opportunity to reach out to young readers. This dynamic book takes a look at the term "graphic novel," how the format has become entwined in our culture,
and the ways in which graphic novels can be used in the ...
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Overview

Many educators now agree that graphic novels inform as well as entertain, and to dismiss the educational potential of the graphic novel is to throw away a golden opportunity to reach out to young readers. This dynamic book takes a look at the term "graphic novel," how the format has become entwined in our culture,
and the ways in which graphic novels can be used in the library and in the classroom. To set those unfamiliar with the format at ease,
graphic novel expert Karp
• Introduces the history, the symbols, and the conventions of the form
• Provides annotated lists of core titles to help K-12 librarians build their collections
• Offers lesson plans that use graphic novels to impart facts and enliven discussion on everything from life skills and dating to history
A one-stop resource which keeps the school library firmly at center stage, this eye-opening book will change your view of graphic novels.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jeanine Fox
Karp has created an inclusive resource for school librarians interested in adding the graphic novel format to their collections or expanding an existing collection. Illustrations assist in defining concepts and terminology. The book is divided into four parts: "The Form" describes graphic novels, analyzes the structure, and explains how the format is gaining wide respect as a literacy tool; "A History of American Sequential Art" presents an overview of comic books and graphic novels; "Annotated Reading Lists" recommends titles for preschool through twelfth grade; and "Lesson Plans and Activities" provides learning experiences organized by grade level. The author has imparted a college course of material between two covers in an easily understood presentation. While wildly popular with students, manga, comic books, and graphic novels can be intimidating to many adults unfamiliar with this format. Karp's chapter on how graphic novels work will have even novices armed to discuss how writers and illustrators use subtle and detailed drawings to demonstrate the passage of time, action, and emotion. He successfully makes a case for the use of graphic novels in teaching reading, citing the complexities of the format that a reader must interpret and understand: "In every case, graphic novels build skills, confidence, and desire to move on to other formats and to continue reading just for the sake of enjoyment." The annotated booklists are invaluable and cover a wide selection of genres. The lesson plans and activities are perfect for librarian and teacher collaborations. This resource is a terrific addition for school and public libraries. The cover alone may have your students clamoring for a look as well. Reviewer: Jeanine Fox
School Library Journal
What? Another book about graphic novels in the library media center? This title might not touch on a new topic for seasoned librarians, but the content is still relevant. Karp opens with an overview of graphic novels and their history, explains what they are and are not, how they work, and their value to students. He discusses understanding sequential art and story construction and art as a visual language, and suggests discussion and essay topics. He only touches on manga, focusing primarily on American or Western comics. The book is rounded out with an annotated list, divided by grade levels and lesson plans. This book updates some of the classic professional titles that are still useful but that don't include many of the newer titles. A worthwhile addition.—Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838910894
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 4/29/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,451,326
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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