Graphic Novels in Libraries Month

Monday, July 1, 2019


Summer Learning Programs have kicked off nationwide at libraries. During the summer months, children can pick their own books that they are pumped about reading! A great way to beat the summer slide is to let children pick their own books. Children are more likely to finish a book they pick out for themselves.

Graphic novels are great for all ages because they are typically a quicker read, and easier to fit into a busy summer schedule. They are also very visual, reading them has a lot in common with watching a television show or movie (including the characters!)

For children, comics also teach valuable skills that don’t appear in prose. Visual Literacy refers to being able to understand icons and symbols. Things like traffic signs, websites, or digital apps use icons and symbols to communicate information, and so do comic books! Readers can also learn to read expressions and body language through comics, helping them learn social skills like empathy.

July 2019 marks the very first Graphic Novels in Libraries Month! To kick off this month, we teamed up with Shawn Norton. Shawn is the manager of the Bill Brinton Murray Hill Branch Library and a graphic novels enthusiast. He chats with us about his personal graphic novel recommendations, as well as the literary merits of comics and graphic novels in Episode 56 of our Completely Booked Podcast.


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He also compiled his personal graphic novel recommendations for kids, teens, and adults- which you can check out here. Whether you're a graphic novels connoisseur, or just getting started, the library has great material waiting for you to check out! Here is an overview of Shawn's handpicked selection of graphic novels by genre to get you started:


Early Readers: Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith; My First Comics by Jennifer Holm


Fantasy: Giants Beware! By Jorge Aguirre (Children) Bone by Jeff Smith (Children) Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara (Teen) The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen (Adult)


Sci-Fi: Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack (Children) My Hero Academia by Hideyuki Furuhashi (Teen) Saga by Brian K. Vaughn (Adult)


Horror: Goosebumps Slappy’s Tales of Horror (Children) Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing (Teen), Walking Dead by Rob Kirkman (Adult)


Romance: Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Teen) The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (Teen) Say I Love You by Kanae Hazuki (Teen) Blankets by Craig Thompson (Adult)


Mystery: Nancy Drew by Stefan Petrucha (Children) Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan (Teen) Torso by Brian Michael Bendis (Adult)


Realistic: Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm (Children) This one Summer by Mariko Tamaki (Teen)Giant Days by John Allison (Teen) A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima (Teen and Adult)


Non-Fiction: El Deafo by Cece Bell (Children) Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi (Teen) Rock Steady by Ellen Forney (Adult)


You can also unlock tons of graphic novels on Hoopla when you create a free account using your Jacksonville Public Library card!


We have a variety of superhero themed events as part of our Summer Reading Program including "Universe of Superheroes" for all superhero fanatics! Join us as we delve into the universes of Marvel and DC! We will discuss heroes and villains, create fandom crafts, and have super snacks. No capes required. This program is for teens ages 12-17. We will also be showing superhero movies throughout the summer, too. Click here for the full schedule of superhero-related events at various JPL branches!



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