Knowing where to start when it comes to adding Graphic Novels to your YA collection can be overwhelming. At least that’s how I felt 3 years ago when I decided to introduce them. For a small library with a tiny book budget, it’s hard to justify making a purchase that may never circulate.
So, in 2007, I decided to add the genre of Graphic Novels to my order from the Junior Library Guild, http://www.juniorlibraryguild.com/. For a little over $165 per year, I’m guaranteed 12 great selections (one every month) made by the knowledgeable staff at JLG. From past experience, I know they are experts at selecting award winning books, so I felt confident giving them a try for a year. I’m still using their services for graphic novels and couldn’t be happier. Below are some of the more heavily circulating books in our GN collection:
The Cartoon Chronicles of America – Road to Revolution!
Foiled by Jane Yolen
The Bone Series by Jeff Smith
Classics Illustrated – The Invisible Man
The Twilight Zone Series
Outlaw – The Legend of Robin Hood
I love the Foreword that Jeff Smith wrote for the book Getting Graphic! Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens by Michele Gorman. He said, “When you read a comic – when you experience the words and the pictures simultaneously – the drawings take on a dimension of time and begin to perform…Once engaged, the reader is witnessing a private film in his imagination…They (comics) are a secret world that only you can activate.” I have had more than 1 young reader, in their own words, express similar sentiments.
Mary G., Scotland Public Library