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Graphic Novels and the Curriculum Connection

April 7, 2013

Gorman, M. (2003). GRAPHIC NOVELS and the Curriculum Connection. Library Media Connection, 22(3), 20.

Graphic Novels and the Curriculum Connection” discusses how graphic novels are one of the hottest formats to hit the library world since audio books became popular back in the late 1980s. According to Ty R. Burns, Co-head Librarian at Cypress Spring High School in Cypress, Texas, and Chairperson of the YALSA 2003 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Committee, there has been a significant rise in circulation since the introduction of graphic novels to his school’s library collection earlier this year. Additionally, the publication of a large number of critically acclaimed, curriculum-related graphic novels during the last decade that address history, politics, literature, and social issues help validate this format and justify its inclusion in any school library collection. The following list of critically acclaimed and award-winning graphic novels on topics such as the Holocaust, Judaism, Women’s History, Inventors, and one particularly timely theme, war, could easily be integrated into an existing school library collection and used in a thematic booktalk.

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