Karen Gavigan Real Time

Karen Gavigan will be our guest on the Librarian.Support real time session. Join us Tuesday April 7th at 9 am Eastern Time.


Topics may include: Graphic novels in youth and school library services, use of primary materials in the classroom.

Gavigan is a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science. Her research interests include the use of graphic novels and other resources in K-12 libraries and classrooms. She has also conducted research regarding school library issues such as the instructional role of the school librarian.

Using Graphic Novels across the Curriculum
A Selective Bibliography of Resources for Librarians and Teachers

Karen Gavigan, University of South Carolina, School of Library and Information Science                                                                                     

Professional Books

  • Bakis, Maureen. The Graphic Novel Classroom: Powerful Teaching and Learning with Images. Skyhorse Publishing, Reprint, 2014.
  • Bitz, M.  When Commas Meet Kryptonite: Classroom Lessons from the Comic Book Project. New York:  Teacher’s College Press, Columbia University, 2010.
  • Brozo, William G, Gary B. Moorman, and Carla K. Meyer. Wham! Teaching with Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum., 2014.
  • Elder, Joshua, and Chris Giarrusso. Reading with Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter! 2014.
  • Frey, N. & Fisher D. Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2008.
  • Gavigan, K.W. & Tomasevich, M.  Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12.  Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011.
  • McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: [the Invisible Art]. New York: HarperPerennial, 1994.
  • Monnin, Katie.  Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom.  Gainesville, FL: Maupin House, 2010.
  • Monnin, Katie. Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts: An Illustrated Adventure. Gainesville, FL: Maupin House. 2013.


Association for Library Services for Children


Comics in Education


Comics in the Classroom


Graphic Classroom


Graphic Novel Resources


Great Graphic Novels for Teens – YALSA


My Comic Shop – Browse by Graphic Novel Publisher


No Flying! No Tights!

Reading with Pictures


TOON Books


*Many publishers / vendors provide helpful information about graphic novels on their websites.

Review Sources

  • Booklist and Book Links
  • Horn Book
  • ICv2  (http://icv2.com)
  • Library Journal
  • School Library Connection
  • Publishers’ Weekly
  • School Library Journal
  • VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) 

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May –   http://www.freecomicbookday.com

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