Graphic Novels and Manga

Led by Tamara Cox


Welcome to the first month of Book Boot Camp.

Twitter Chat will be Monday, July 29th at 8 pm. Use #bookbootcamp hashtag.

Our first Twitter chat for #bookbootcamp is archived at: Storify: Book Boot Camp - Graphic Novels Chat

Promotional video for Graphic Novels.

Genre Definitions

Graphic novels are stories presented in a comic book format and published as a book.
Manga books are Japanese graphic novels. Manga is pronounced mon-gah. Manga is read from back to front and right to left. There are many types of manga, but you should be familiar with the terms shonen and shoujo. Shonen is mostly action, sports or romance aimed at young boys, while shoujo is focused on romance and relationships from the girl's point of view.

Reading Assignment

You are asked to read three books for this month. One from each of these two lists, SLJ Top Ten from 2012 and ALSC's Core List for 6-8 grades, and any title from one of the following series: Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist, One Piece, Bleach, Kitchen Princess, or Choco Mimi.


Will Eisner Award for graphic novels 2013 list of winners
YALSA's list of Great Graphic Novels from the current and previous years.
Reading is A Superpower webinar on graphic novels and literacy from ABDO and SLJ.
An SLJ article about how comic books can be used to reach boys.
An article about graphic novels and the Common Core standards.
Program ideas (and more) for promoting graphic novels and manga.
No Flying, No Tights a graphic novel review site.
Podcast about graphic novels from The Busy Librarian.

Book Boot Camp blog posts about this month can be found here.

Resources including links to articles about the benefits of reading graphic novels, how to promote this genre and other recommended lists can be found on our Book Boot Camp

Our first Twitter chat for #bookbootcamp is archived at: Storify: Book Boot Camp - Graphic Novels Chat