Just like young adult and nonfiction, sequential art / graphica is a category of literature.

Sequential art / graphica is the term the artists who create these works of images and words use.

The American Library Association has chosen the term graphic novel. But it seems oxymoronic to see its graphic novel list divided into nonfiction and fiction.

By whatever name, as you choose your sequential art / graphica / graphic novel title, consider the following lists and look for books that speak to either a gritty true story like . . .

Neri, G. and Randy Duburke. Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty. The life, death and aftermath of an eleven-year-old gangbanger, based on a true tragedy.

or a graphic retelling of a modern classic science fiction tale . . .

Tadano, Nobuaki. 7 Billion Needles V. 1. Hikaru gets a second chance at life, but there are some major strings attached.



Though for most teachers, graphica--graphic texts of all types including comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, and manga--is an unfamiliar and challenging medium, interest mushroomed when Yang's American Born Chinese won the Printz Award in 2007.

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American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
50 Books About Peace and Social Justice
Sequential art/graphica/graphic novels are represented.

Superheroes to the Rescue . . .
Great list of potential graphic novels related to social justice and positive social change

YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens
.-- both nonfiction and fiction titles.

Comics in the Classroom
Some of you may know Ross White of LEARN NC. Ross knows a lot about graphic novels.

Graphic Novels in the Classroom
James Bucky Carter, a North Carolinian, is recognized as an expert in bringing graphic novels to the classroom.



Adventures in Graphica by Terry Thompson -- resource for grades 2-6.