As 21st-century citizens, visual media surrounds our students. Visual literacy skills are a critical component of instruction in our classrooms. Comics are an engaging way to build reading comprehension and critical thinking skills while sparking creativity. The perfect medium for teaching any subject, the sequential art and text share storytelling responsibility. Their visual permanence allows the reader to control processing speed.
Want to learn more about the rationale for using comics in the classroom? Here are a few online articles and video about the benefits of comics in education.
Green Almonds is an intimate story with big implications. A young woman discovers a country, works there, makes friends, lives a love story, and is confronted with the plight of the Palestinians, the violence on a daily basis that we see on our screens and read in our newspapers.
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Love: the Tiger
This exciting tale by Frédéric Brrémaud is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. This beautiful, all-ages title explores genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.
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Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen-year-old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and laundry…always, always laundry.
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Author and Artist Spotlight
About the Author: Brenna has always known her life is haunted. Much like Marjorie Glatt, she grew up in a small Pennsylvania town, where piano practice and ghost stories were part of her daily routine. It wasn’t until she attended Ringling College of Art and Design, however, that she realized her passion for storytelling (as well as her hatred of laundry). She now lives in Kansas City, Mo., and spends her days drawing, writing, and suspicious of her sheets.
About the Author: Anaële Hermans lives in Belgium where she works as a sociocultural facilitator. After studying literature, she became a French language teacher. Since her return from Palestine, she has worked for the International Civil Service, an NGO that offers international volunteering projects in some 100 countries. She is also the author of the French prose novel Bananes Sauce Gombos.
About the Artist: Delphine Hermans studied animation at the Animation Cinema Department of the National Superior School “La Cambre” in Brussels. She is the animation workshop leader at Camera-etc, a Belgian animation workshop where children, teenagers, and adults make animation shorts with the help of professionals. Her short animated film “L’enveloppe jaune” received the Artist-in-Residence Award at Tricky Women, a festival celebrating female animation filmmakers.
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