Graphic Novels In Your Media Center

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This ultimate guide to collecting and using graphic novels in a school library is written by an elementary librarian out of her experience as a teacher librarian who uses graphic novels in her library media center for instruction and to advance pleasure reading. Her husband and co-author is employed by the comic book industry and is very knowledgeable about the history and development of this increasingly popular type of book. The book contains lesson plans linked to school curriculums for all ages plus a ...

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Overview

This ultimate guide to collecting and using graphic novels in a school library is written by an elementary librarian out of her experience as a teacher librarian who uses graphic novels in her library media center for instruction and to advance pleasure reading. Her husband and co-author is employed by the comic book industry and is very knowledgeable about the history and development of this increasingly popular type of book. The book contains lesson plans linked to school curriculums for all ages plus a discussion of why graphic novels are useful with certain types of readers, particularly boys and reluctant readers. It feature helpful information and lists for collection development including reviews, reviewing sources, jobbers, Web sties and publisher contact information and posits reasons to help the librarian defend the use of graphic novels with students. Chapters about partnerships with local comic book stores and interviews with librarian users add to this title's usefulness. Illustrated with pages from popular graphic novels, this book will pique the interest of librarians and teachers who just love to read.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
This excellent resource guide offers school librarians and educators a comprehensive introduction to graphic novels. There is a growing number of professional resources about the topic, all of which cover similar subject matter, including definitions and terminology, cataloging, vendors, and recommended titles. What makes this book unique is the inclusion of numerous reproductions of sample pages from graphic novels and the many lesson plans designed for grades K-12, focusing on the curricular areas of English/language arts, the humanities, and social studies. Readers unfamiliar with the genre will appreciate the section on "How to Read a Comic Book" and the Lygas' ideas about using graphic novels to address multiple intelligences, visual literacy, and reluctant readers. A minor shortcoming is the lack of attention to the topics of age appropriateness and the depiction of women, a concern for many schools. This indispensable, well-organized guide will provide school librarians with all of the necessary information for implementing and developing a graphic-novels collection.-Philip Charles Crawford, Essex High School, Essex Junction, VT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591581420
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

ALLYSON A. W. LYGA is an elementary library media specialist in Maryland.

BARRY LYGA works for Diamond Comic Book Distributors.

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Table of Contents

1 Why graphic novels? 1
2 Introduction to graphic novels and common terms 15
3 Graphic novels for the school library media collection 31
4 Testimonials 79
5 Creative partnerships with comic book stores 89
6 Resources and support 103
7 Lesson plans 123
App 100 graphic novels 151
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