Very belatedly, here is the electronic copy (PDF) of the graphic novel booklist provided at the Spring Conference.
A couple of people asked if I could share the Power Point presentation I put together, to use for sharing with parents, trustees, anyone else who might benefit from knowing more about the power of graphic novels for readers. If you wish to use it, don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll send it over.
Here are two resources I highly recommend (they are in the booklist, but here are direct links).
For your info, but more importantly for parents: “Raising a Reader” by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
For your info: David Serchay’s book A Librarian’s Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and ‘Tweens. This book goes far beyond collection development and gives a great history of comics and graphic novels, good research stats on why they’re beneficial to libraries and readers, and more.
Lastly, a couple of things I didn’t mention:
1. Circulating comic books: We talked about the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel, but I didn’t ask if anyone is circulating comic books in addition to their graphic novel collection? This past fall we had a great opportunity to add comics to the Children’s Room thanks to donations from our local business Merrymac Games and Comics. As with any new collection, kids are still testing the waters. But it’s been a very fun addition and well received. Here is a photo of our books, as you can see, we keep them in their traditional “bag and board” packaging, partly to honor comic shops and partly to keep them from wilting (like our magazines).
This is a photo from when we first debuted the collection – it’s grown quite large now!
2. Graphic Novel Book Clubs: I’ll be debuting a book group dedicated to graphic novels, for grades 5-10, this summer. If you’ve done something similar, please comment about it below! I’ll keep you all updated on how it goes.
Good luck with your summer planning, and please comment with any thoughts or questions!
Liz Gotauco, Merrimack Public Library