Adding Graphic Novels to your Collection


Graphic Novels have taken library by storm! This pathfinder is for librarians looking to find out more about graphic novels in libraries, based on the information I used to start my graphic novel information and the information I use to maintain my middle school graphic novel collection.

Questions for Inquiry:

  • How can I implement graphic novels into my library's collection?
  • What are some of the core books I should add to my library's collection?
  • Where can I learn more about graphic novels and its impact on literacy?


comic books
graphic novels

Subject Headings:

comic book, strips
graphic novels

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):

741.5 and if its non-fiction the appropriate Dewey # according to its subject area

Key Books:

GN 741.5 ATA
Atangan, Patrick.
The yellow jar. two tales from Japanese tradition
New York : - NBM Pub., - c2002.
Summary: Presents comic-book style adaptations of two traditional Japanese stories,
one about a simple fisherman who must save the woman he loves from a
demon warrior; and the other about a monk's discovery of two woman-like
weeds in his carefully tended garden.

GN 741.5 AZU NF
Azuma, Kiyohiko.
Houston, Tex. : - ADV Manga ; - 2005.
Summary: The story of an energetic, lively and odd five-year-old girl who is adopted.

GN 741.5 JEM
Jemas, Bill.
Ultimate Spider-Man.
New York : - Marvel Comics, - c2002.
Note: Collects Ultimate Spider-Man #1-7.
Summary: Presents seven chapters in the life and adventures of Peter Parker, a timid
student who is bitten by a radioactive spider, transforming him into the
superhero, Spider-Man.

GN 741.5 MCK
McKeever, Sean.
Mary Jane.
New York : - Marvel Age, - c2004.
Summary: In this updated story about Mary Jane, Peter Parker, and Harry Osborne's
high school years, M.J. and the gang try to sort out the complexities of
dating, friendship, and loyalty, while Mary Jane tries to get over her crush on
everyone's friendly neighborhood webslinger.

GN 741.5 SAK
Sakai, Stan.
Usagi Yojimbo. grasscutter
Milwaukie, Or. : - Dark Horse Maverick, - 2002.
Note: "This volume collects issues 39-45 of the Dark Horse comic-book series,
Usagi Yojimbo volume three"--T.p. verso.
Summary: After being entrusted with the Grasscutter sword, Miyamoto Usagi sets off to
return the sword to its rightful resting place before it falls into the wrong

GN 741.5 VAU
Vaughan, Brian K.
[New York] : - [Marvel], - [2005]
Note: Collects Runaways #1-18.
Summary: A collection of comics following the adventures of a group of six California
teens who find themselves on the run after they learn their parents are
members of a secret criminal society.

GN 741.5 WAI
Waid, Mark.
Superman : birthright
New York : - DC Comics, - c2004.
Note: "The origin of the Man of Steel"--Cover. "Originally published in single magazine form as Superman birthright 1-12"
Summary: Collects the twelve issues of "Superman: Birthright," in which
twenty-five-year-old Clark Kent undergoes a life-changing experience in Africa
and embraces his calling as the last in a line of heroes, returning home to
become Superman.


Gorman, Michelle. Getting Graphic: using graphic novels to promote literacy with teens and preteens. Worthington: Linworth Publishing, 2003.*
Lyga, Allyson A.W. Graphic Novels in Your Media Center: a definitive guide. Westport: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: the invisible art. New York: HarperPerennial, 1994.*
Michael Pawuk, Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More. Westport: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.*
Weiner, Stephen. 100 Graphic Novels for Public Libraries. Northampton: Kitchen Sink Press, 1996.

Magazine Articles


“Spotlight on Graphic Novels Issue.” Booklist. 102:14 (2006).
Bruggeman, L. “’Zap! Woosh! Kerplow!’: build high-quality graphic novel collections with impact.” School Library Journal. 43: 1 (1997): 22-27.
Crawford, Philip. “Beyond ‘Maus’: using graphic novels to support social studies standards.” Knowledge Quest. 31:4 (2003): 41-42.

Espelage, Angie. “Manga Madness in the Library.” Young Adult Library Services: The Journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association. 3:4 (2005): 18.

Gorman, Michelle. “Graphic Novels and the Curriculum Connection.” Library Media Connection. 22:3 (2003): 20-21.


Brenner, Robin. “Graphic Novels 101: FAQ.” The Horn Book. March/April (2006): 123- 125.

Topppop, Greg. "Teachers are Getting Graphic in the Classroom" USA Today. May 3, 2005.

Twiddy, David. "Librarian Patrons Object to Graphic Novels." Washingtong Post. December 18, 2006.

Gorman, Michelle. "What Teens Want." School Library Journal. August (2002)


“A Core Collection of Graphic Novels.” School Library Journal. 48:8 (2002): 44-46. MasterFILE Select. I.S. 278 Marine Park.

Kan, Katherine. “Getting Graphic at the School Library.” Library Media Connection. 21:7 (2003): 14-19. MasterFile Select. I.S. 278 Marine Park.

Lyga, Allyson A.W. “Graphic Novels for (Really) Young Readers.” School Library Journal. March (2006): 56-61. MasterFILE Select. I.S. 278 Marine Park.,

Mooney, Maureen. “Graphic Novels for the Elementary School Audience.” Library Media Connection. 23:4 (2005): 20-21. MasterFile Select. I.S. 278 Marine Park.

Web Sites:

Great Graphic Novel Reads for Teens
Yalsa's newest selection list will debut this year - January 2007 - at the midwinter conference.

ICV2 is the top source of information on the business of comics

GNLIB - Graphic Novels in Library Listserv
A listserv that discusses graphic novels.

Comic Books: A Guide for Librarians.
This sight was designed to introduce teachers and librarian's to the diverse world of comics and to encourage libraries serving young adults to add graphic novels.

No Flying No Tights
This sight started as a school project, but it's come very far. This is the place to go to find core books for your collection and to keep up with the latest books!

Brodart Graphic Novels
Brodart puts out a list of kid-safe graphic novels. For now, Katherine Kan, librarian consultant, and graphic novel extradoinaire is reviewing for Brodart.

Diamond Comics Bookshelf
Montly reviews on comics and they even include lesson plans from the biggest comic book and graphic novel distributor in the U.S.

Graphic Novel Roundoup
This monthly column in School Library Journal highlights and reviews graphic novels.

Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom
A guide for teachers on how to use graphic novels in the classroom and it includes a discussion guide for Bone by Jeff Smith.

Teaching Comics
A site dedicated to helping teachers use comics in the classroom.


The Comics: A Cultural History 2 Videos. CLEARVUE & SVE. 1993. 9 January 2007.

a) The Early Days and Where Its At
b) An Art Form, a Literary Form & Social Impact

Community Resources:

Brooklyn Public Library
New York Public Library
Queens Borough Public Library
Today, public libraries are all ordering many graphic novels for childrens, teens, and adults.

Go to your local comic book shop or bookstore...
The above site allows you to put in your zipcode and they'll list your local comic book shop.

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

New York State Learning Standards: Language Arts

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.