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This page contains helpful resources related to Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, & Comics.

Online Activities

Book Lists and Pathfinders

Teaching and Learning

Video Interviews

Web Comics

Read Crossover Dreams: Turning Free Web Work Into Real Book Sales by Motoko Rich in The New York Times.

Comic Resources

Comic Creator Resources

Publisher Websites

Core Lists of Graphic Novels



Websites to Explore

ALA Graphic Novels Wiki

Comic Books for Young Adults: A Guide for Librarians

Comic Book Resources

Graphic Novels from IPL Teenspace

Kids Love Comics

Kids-Safe Graphic Novels for Your Readers

No Flying, No Tights: A Website Reviewing Graphic Novels for Teens

Outcast Studios Comic Creators Resource Site

Recommended Graphic Novels for Public Libraries

Teaching Comics from NACAE

Articles to Read

Beaman, Anita & Warfield, Melissa. Comics in the Classroom: Reaching Out to Reluctant Readers. Knowledge Quest.

Bochan, Toby Leah. Parent Guide to Book Genres: Graphic Novels

Bryan, Gregory, George W. Chilcoat, and Timothy G. Morrison. Pow! Zap! Wham! Creating Comic Books from Picture Books in Social Studies Classrooms. Canadian Social Studies, 37, Fall 2002.

Cahill, D. Literacy in comics. Multiple Perspectives: Mulitimedia in the Classroom. 2000.

Kan, Kat. Just what is it with graphic novels anyway? Knowledge Quest, 35(1), Sept/Oct 2006.

Lavery, Clare. Using Cartoons and Comic Strips

Lyga, Allyson A.W. Graphic Novels for (Really) Young Readers. School Library Journal, 3/1/2006.

Parent Guide to Book Genres: Graphic Novels

Petrucha, Stephan. On Writing (And Reading) the Graphic Novel (PDF). Knowledge Quest. 36(3). 2008.

Schultz, Amy. Getting a BANG! Out of Comics: Using Graphic Novels to Improve Literacy. The Writing Site.

Schwarz, Gretchen E. Graphic Novels for Multiple Literacies.

Schwarz, Gretchen E. Expanding literacies through graphic novels (PDF). English Journal, 95 (6), 58-64. 2008.

Schwarz, Gretchen G. Media Literacy, Graphic Novels, and Social Issues. Simile, 7(4), 1-11, Novmber 2007.

Seyfried, Jonathan. Reinventing the Book Club: Graphic Novels as Educational Heavyweights (PDF). Knowledge Quest. 36(3). 2008. (PDF Bibliography)

Shea, R. Comics in the Classroom. Teacher Magazine, 18(2), 16-17, October 2006.

Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers and Librarians

Books to Read


Cahill, S. Going graphic: Comics at work in the multilingual classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 2004.


Will Eisner. Comics and Sequential Art, Poorhouse Press, 1985.
Will Eisner. Graphic Storytelling, Poorhouse Press, 1995.
Goldsmith, Francisca. Graphic Novels Now: Building, Managing, and Marketing a Dynamic Collection. ALA.
Scott McCloud. Understanding Comics - the Invisible Art, HarperCollins, 1994.
Scott McCloud. Reinventing Comics, HarperCollins, 2000.
Scott McCloud. Making Comics, HarperCollins, 2006.

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