Monday, April 30, 2018

LBS Week 14- Nutritious Books

I feel like this week is cresting the wave of the magical library knowledge I one day hope to embody. While I feel comfortable talking books for pleasure, I'm very interested in finding ways to connect titles to curriculum to support teachers and their students. This is where I can't rely on my personal reading, so I've really appreciated several articles where teachers share their best picks for curriculum-connected reading. This article from Cult of Pedagogy is a roundtable where teachers share their best practices and titles for using graphic novels in the classroom- from this conversation, I found this master list of graphic novels, including the subjects they support and a rough grade level suggestion. I also enjoyed this interview with a special education teacher who built a graphic novel lending library in his office that has changed the reading lives of many of his students.

These suggestions below are *nutritious* with the curricular connections they can support, but I definitely feel this is an area where I have a lot more exploration to do.

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai and Patrick McCormick

Malala Yousafzai is becoming a household name, and that is absolutely magical. This Young Reader's Edition of her autobiography only covers the short part of her life that had already been lived, but in doing so covers activism, terrorism, Pakistani culture, and the inspiring power of a single girl who is making a real change in real time. This could be used as part of a study of biographies, or as a compliment to lessons about geography or the effects of modern-day terrorism.


Americus by M.K. Reed and Jonathan Hill

"Neal Barton just wants to read in peace." This graphic novel about a young man and a youth services librarian facing off against a conservative Christian group trying to remove a fantasy series from the public library seems important not only in the high school civics classroom but as a compliment to our librarian training. Covering issues of censorship and activism, this novel has rocketed to the top of my TBR.




The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan is known for his other-worldly illustrations and quirky, charming subjects- The Arrival embodies all of this. This wordless graphic novel follows an immigrant as he tries to make a better life for his family. This wordless book is a perfect entrypoint for students who struggle with reading or who are learning English- their spoken interpretations will allow them to join class discussions in a meaningful way. 

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