This week I am focusing on one point of inspiration: graphic novels for kids.
by Congressman John Lewis (the only person to have spoken at the 1963 March on Washington who is still alive), Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.
How to use the books in education? March: Book One, Lewis, Aydin, and Powell relay:
- The effects of segregation and the Jim Crow laws in the 1940s – 1960s;
- The background and series of events leading the Civil Rights Movement;
- The effects of racism and blind acceptance of “fact” and of accepted status-quo;
- A community’s coming of age in its struggle for civil rights;
- The development of local and of national heroes and understanding how these heroes come to be;
- The power of the peoples’ voice in a democratic republic;
- The powers and limits of local and national government, especially in times of civic unrest;
- The power of social gospel and non-violent protest in times of civic unrest;
- The struggles nations and individuals must endure when fighting for their principles and ideals;
- The different ways people find the courage to stand up and fight for their rights;
- The power words (whether through books, newspapers or oratory) can have.
Horn Book’s Cynthia Ritter reviews new graphic novels for kids who are passing through that minefield known as middle school.
- Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
- All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (author of Roller Girl)
- Swing It, Sunny (sequel to Sunny Side Up) by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
- Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
Most of these are graphic novels for teenagers and adult. Some significant
Jennifer Laughran, agent, interviews (audio only) Scholastic/Graphix editor Cassandra Pelham Fulton about how graphic novels are created from the editorial POV… and then chats with Nilah Magruder about her road to comics success. Surprising revelation: one page of her web comic, MFK, can take Magruder 15 hours to create. And she puts them out weekly.
- ESCAPE FROM SYRIA. by Samya Kullab. Illustrations by Jackie Roche. Publisher: Firefly Books, New York.
- PASHMINA. by Nidhi Chanani. Publisher: Firefly Books, New York.
- THE WITCH BOY. by Molly Knox Ostertag. Publisher: Graphix/Scholastic Books, New York.