Teens who love manga especially, might want to purchase an entire series. This can become cost prohibitive in series that contain ten to twenty books or more. Other options for your teen to enjoy the series include checking the books out from the local library, starting a manga club with a book swap, waiting for the omnibus collection, or subscribing to the manga serialization digitally.
Comics are not just for kids anymore. With manga and graphic novels embracing complex storylines and characters, teens and parents can enjoy the genre together. Start with the recommendations below to get an idea of the main themes and content in the genre. Be sure to review the books before giving one to a teen as some titles have mature themes.
Adding Graphic Novels to Your Library or Classroom CollectionThis ongoing feature from CBLDF provides specific resources for librarians and educators who may need to justify and defend the inclusion of the book in library and classroom collections. Check out the series here.
Graphic Novels: Suggestions for LibrariansPrepared by the National Coalition Against Censorship, the American Library Association, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, this resource is intended to help in collection development; categorizing and shelving graphic novels; and handling complaints. Read it here.
Featuring titles for children, teens, and adults, this plan offers an easy and seamless way to expand your graphic novel collection. Individual series tend to become hot very quickly and then fade almost as fast. This subscription plan enables you to ride the waves of popularity as they ebb and flow. Click HERE to learn more.
As an avid reader of manga and graphic novels it always gives me great pleasure when people stop by the library to check out these books or to request them. The increase of readership surrounding these materials has been growing in popularity once more, thanks to how mainstream they have become in pop culture. Even with their rise in popularity, there are still those who do not see manga or graphic novels as true literature and that only children or teens read them. This blog will help to alleviate some of these misconceptions and hopefully encourage more people to look into checking out a manga or graphic novel to see how they are rich in art and story. Our library system has an amazing collection of manga and graphic novels, I am sure we can find one that would appeal to any reader.
These are just a few of the amazing books we have in the system. There are a lot of great manga and graphic novels within our library. If we do not have something you are looking for, we can always make a purchase suggestion for you so that you can get the items you wish to read.
If there is one thing that you can take away from this blog I hope it is this, if you do not know what type of manga or graphic novel to try out, talk to your local librarian. We can help you find something in your interest. If you are already an avid reader please still talk to us about what you think will benefit our collection. We want you to have access to what interests you.
After purchasing new titles, talk to your Account Manager about creating a Comics eReading Room. This is a simple way to help users find all of the great comics and graphic novels you have in your collection.
With a passion for all things fantasy and science fiction, Jennifer loves to dazzle preschoolers with science in the Wonderworks program. When she's not recommending her favorite fantasy novels or graphic novels, you can find her watching the latest superhero movie, digging into a new magic-filled book series, or planning her next adventure.
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Comics have a long, complex history of use, neglect, disdain, and adoration in libraries, and this history remains at play today. While many libraries have fully embraced comics collections, particularly for children and teens, there is more to be done to fully embrace the medium. In particular, while adult comics collections are growing, programming and engagement with them remain a challenge. In this shoptalk, participants will get a rapid introduction to the world of adult nonfiction comics and come away with the tools to kickstart adult comics programming in their library.
Deadline: April 21, 2022The American Library Association (ALA) will make available $1.55M in emergency relief grants to more than 75 libraries in 2022 that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, tribal, and correctional libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for grants of $20,000.These funds are intended to bolster library operations and services including broadening technology access, developing collections, providing digital instruction, staffing, and expanding outreach, as well as maintaining and amplifying existing service strategies or adding new ones to extend impact through the end of 2022. Eligible expenses may include, but are not limited to, the following:
This course will allow students to take an in-depth look at materials in a variety of formats for teens, including fiction, popular nonfiction, graphic novels, movies, computer games, websites, other media, and determine how they can meet developmental needs.
A hardcover graphic novel, this collection of childhood stories from multiple beloved authors will stir the minds of readers ages 10 and up. Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids may even foster a desire to explore their own creative abilities!
Need a Garland Library card to access online resources? Anyone 18 and older can get a 60-day temporary library card good for our databases plus downloadable books, magazines, newspapers and graphic novels. A valid email address and driver's license/ID number is required. This card is only good for online resources and cannot be used to check out physical items in the libraries.
Common Sense Media, a company that rates media by age-appropriateness, has marked Drama as suitable for readers over 10 years of age. Common Sense Media acknowledges that "some readers may be uncomfortable with the graphic novel's depiction of homosexual crushes between young teens." Since this is a common point of contention, many schools will include novels with this type of young romance in order to normalize it and promote more equality. It is a popular opinion that in normalizing this type of relationship between homosexual individuals, there will be a positive impact on today's youth.
Michelle Abate, an Associate Professor of Literature for Children and Young Adults at The Ohio State University, argues that, "...the graphic novel demonstrates the limitations of LGBTQ youth advocacy that does not remain cognizant of intersectionality, while it also highlights the problem with millennial forms of multiculturalism that omit critical discussions about race." In her opinion, the musical production in Drama of Moon over Mississippi, a play about the Civil War that mimics Gone with the Wind, romanticizes the Antebellum South, thus limiting how progressive the novel can be. According to Abate, the production itself serves as a way of promoting the ideology of white supremacy from that era and therefore negatively impacts the novel's ability to serve as an effective advocate for the LGBTQ community.
Reading Graphic: Part Two (August 3, 2021) Our graphic novel celebration continues with part two in our Read Graphic webinar series! Join us Tuesday, August 3 at 1 p.m. CT for this free, one-hour webinar showcasing upcoming #ReadGraphic titles from Fantagraphics Books; JY, an imprint of Yen Press; Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers; Penguin Random House; and Viz Media. The webinar will begin with young reader titles and conclude with adult titles. Register now!
Note: Although we tend to throw around the term graphic novel to refer to all novel-length illustrated works, keep mind that there is some great graphic nonfiction for teens. This list of the best graphic novels for teens are a mix of fiction and nonfiction. 2b1af7f3a8