Graphic novels are a storytelling format, not a genre, and as with any other means of telling a story -- whether the story be fiction or non-fiction -- they can engage, teach, and inspire readers of all ages. This is why you are seeing graphic novels being used in classrooms more than ever before. During today's Forum you will have the chance to learn from some of the most enthusiastic educators (and aren't all librarians educators?) using graphic novels in the classroom today.
Opening keynote from National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Yang
Gene Yang will speak on his platform, Reading without Walls, and discuss why comics and graphic novels matter.
11:20 – 12:10
The Grammar of Comics: How Teaching Visual Literacy can Open Up New Conversations
This educator-run panel will discuss the graphic novel/comic book language that is being used to open up students to new worlds of discussion. From reluctant readers to those with learning impairments, comics can be a vital tool to introducing key concepts and stories.
12:15 – 1:05
Publisher & Librarian talk-back session: librarians, come talk to publishers about how graphic novels are working at your library, and what they should know based on the feedback from your community!
1:10 - 2:00
Problem Solving: Teaching STEM with Comics
Graphic novels have moved far beyond the superhero genre. Non-fiction graphic novels are on the rise, and even fiction comics are providing a new approach to introducing STEM concepts. This panel of educators and librarians will discuss how comics can be used get students to think critically about STEM.
2:05 – 2:55
Books That Spark Change: Using comics and graphic novels as a jumping off point
This panel is a discussion on how literature, but specifically comics, can be a catalyst for change. Teachers will discuss how comics and graphic novels can both engage students, and empower them through the use of texts that illustrate how others fought for change, as well demonstrate how the texts themselves can spur others to seek change. We will explore how texts like March, Boxers & Saints, The Silence of Our Friends, and Persepolis can lead to transformative conversations, as well as share insights as to how students can use the graphic medium to find their own voice.
3:00 – 4:00
Meet the Makers
Attendees will have a chance to talk to comic and graphic novel authors and artists to learn the process behind making a comic.
Meeting Type: Discussion/Interest Group
Interests: Children's Literature, Children's Services, Collection Development, Community Engagement, Literacy, Popular Culture, Readers' Advisory, Young Adult Literature, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
Type of Library: Academic, Community College, Elementary School, High School, Library School, Middle School, Nonprofit, Public, Regional System, Rural, School/Media Center, State Library, Student, Tribal, Undergraduate
Cost: Included with full conference registration.