Reading with Pictures Illustrates Why Comics Belong in the Classroom
Reading with Pictures is a non-profit founded in 2009 by award-winning graphic novelist and cartoonist Josh Elder. The organization works with academics for research into the role of comics in education and collaborates with cartoonists to produce exceptional graphic novel content for scholastic use.
As stated on the Reading with Pictures website, "[W]e believe that comics have the potential to be more engaging, more efficient and more effective educational tools than traditional classroom materials. We believe it because we’ve experienced it in our own lives. Comics made us better students, better citizens and better people. Now we hope to share those experiences with pupils in every city, in every school and in every classroom."
The Reading With Pictures Anthology (978-0-578052-76-2, $17.99) demonstrates the power comics have in bridging the gap between entertainment and education. The anthology is appropriate and accessible to the youngest of readers, yet still enjoyable and engaging for the oldest of them as well.
Over 50 volunteer graphic novelists have contributed to the book, including Gene Arbaum and Bill Barnes of the library-based web comic Unshelved, Chris Eliopoulis (Marvel's Pet Avengers series), the Fillbach Brothers (Star Wars: Clone Wars), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Raina Telgemeier (SMILE), and Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies), and it features a cover by Sandman and Beasts of Burden artist Jill Thompson.