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Book Giveaway: Informational Text Par Excellence… ‘American Comic Book Chronicles’

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So does this sound like something that could get the teen and tween comics fans you know into nonfiction? Sure it does.

Why At First I Didn’t Think I Could Write About ‘Citizen Hearst’

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So why am I so on the fence about recommending this well-produced and often engaging film?

Five Simple Things It’s Easy to Overlook About Comics

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At ALA Midwinter, one of the people in attendance asked how many librarians in the audience still encounter opposition from parents, teachers, or school administrators in promoting and collecting comics. I was astounded to see the majority of the librarians in the audience raise their hands.

Why ‘Marble Season’ is My Favorite Book of 2013 (So Far)

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As far as outside-of-school literacies are concerned, “Marble Season” is possibly a definitive treatise on the subject without even intending to be…

Crowdfunding, Fandom, and Media Literacy: One Key Thing We Should Be Teaching Kids

Veronica Mars Kickstarter

It’s not just dollars that are getting invested in the crowdfunding process, but fans themselves.

Using Single-Panel Cartoons to Introduce Scriptwriting to Students

Classic example of a gag cartoon by the great Reamer Keller.

A quick lesson idea that introduces scriptwriting by focusing on funny images and formal language.

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver

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“How can you tell a story in a game and have it be school-appropriate, while simultaneously making the student think about the implications of what they enjoy playing?”