For the Love of Graphic Novels: A Roundtable on Inclusive Stories

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Every student should see themselves in the curriculum and in the books they read. As librarians and gatekeepers of the school library space, we want our community to feel that the resources we curate speak to them in meaningful ways and make them feel included in the human story. How do we do this? Enter the graphic novel.

This roundtable brings four distinct perspectives on graphic novels to explore how the accessibility and visibility of inclusive graphic novels in the library space can be transformative for students and educators. Albany High School librarian and graphic novel champion Alicia Abdul, Squire (HarperCollins 2022) co-creators Sara Alfageeh and Nadia Shammas, and professor of comics studies and children’s/YA lit, Dr. Gwen Athene Tarbox join their comic superpowers to discuss how the specifics of this genre can foster equity in the community, provide insights into the creative process of writing and illustrating inclusive stories, and explore ideas on how to promote graphic novels in the school community. 

Watch this webinar on-demand to learn more about:

  • The many benefits of graphic novels to the curriculum, including visual literacy and inclusivity
  • How to understand and navigate issues of representation and authenticity in contemporary comics for young people
  • How librarians can maximize and diversify their graphic novel collections and come away with title recommendations that you can add to your collection
  • How to respond to and negotiate censorship of graphic novels
  • How to champion the value of graphic novels for teen readers to your community

Thank you for your interest in this webinar! Complimentary access has ended, but the video and PD certification quiz are available to School Library Connection subscribers here. Learn more about School Library Connection and sign up for a free preview here!

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