El DeafoGraphic novels and comic books can appeal to even the most reluctant reader. Below are links to articles, websites, and booklists to help teachers, librarians, parents, and other adults who live and work with young people make the most of graphic novels and comic books in the classroom or at home.

Click on a category or scroll down to discover a treasure trove of resources regarding graphic novels and comic books.

Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom

The following articles provide information about using graphic novels in the classrooms:

Graphic Novel Booklists

MarchThe following booklists from authoritative sources recommend graphic novels for different age levels:

Using Comics in the Classroom

Secret CodersCreated by high school teacher, cartoonist, and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, the HumbleComics.com website presents a history of how comics can be used in the classroom, the positive outcomes, and an extensive bibliography. According to Yang, “The educational potential of comics has yet to be fully realized. While other media such as film, theater, and music have found their place within the American educational establishment, comics has not.”

The following websites and articles provide lesson plans for creating and using comic strips:

Articles and Interviews by Brigid Alverson

AlamoBrigid Alverson writes about comics and graphic novels for School Library Journal. She is the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog and has been reading comics since she was four. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com.