What is Visual Literacy? Visual Literacy


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What is Visual Literacy?


Visual Literacy

  • Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, use, appreciate, and create images and video using both conventional and 21st century media in ways that advance thinking, decision making, communication, and learning.

    • -North Central Regional Educational Laboratory


Why build Visual Literacy Collections?

  • Circulation Statistics: graphic novels itypes comprise 30% of all checkouts

  • 21st Century Skills : reduced digital divide with its demand for multitasking and trans-media navigation

  • Center for Media Literacy



Vocabulary Builders



Owly series by Andy Runyon



Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales retold by Marcia Williams



The Clouds Above by Jordan Crane



Baby Mouse series by Jennifer L. Holm

  • Sassy in the spirit of Ramona, Olivia and Eloise

  • Plays with power of imagination

  • Grades 3-8

  • Captain Underpants for Girls



Pinky and Stinky by James Kolchalka

  • Brave piglet astronauts

  • Appropriate for all ages

  • Silly story of adventure and friendship



Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey series by Tony Millionaire

  • Unique fusion of text and image - 2 simultaneous stories eventually fuse

  • Chance for children to work at how pictures/text can relate to one another



My Sassy Girl series by Ho Sik Kim

  • Romance black comedy

  • Teens, grades 10+

  • Based on popular 2001 Korean movie

  • YALSA’s top 10 Graphic Novels



The Metamorphosis retold by Peter Kuper

  • Post-modern edge to old classic

  • Kafka’s essence

  • More faithful than many classic-books-to-graphic-novels



Now What?

  • Amazon.com’s listmania:

    • Alternative Comics
    • Great Graphic Novels for Teens (part 1)
  • 101 Best Graphic Novels (2nd ed)

  • Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know

  • Getting Graphic: Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy

  • http://aclayouthservices.pbwiki.com/Visual-Literacy



More places to go…

  • Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art

  • Center for Cartoon Studies

  • Daily Comic Book News

  • Comics Worth Reading

  • Comics Continuum

  • Art Bomb.Net

  • No Flying No Tights

  • Comic Book Art Resource

  • Dark Horse Comics



Visual Literacy/Graphic Novel Blogs

  • Manga Reviewer

  • EveryDay is Like Wednesday

  • Library Goddesses’ Graphic Novels

  • Best Graphic Novels Ever



YALSA’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth

  • Batman: Child of Dreams by Kia Asamiya

  • The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

  • Vogelein by Jane Irwin and Jeff Berndt

  • The Metamorphosis by Peter Kuper

  • My Sassy Girl by Ho Sik Kim

  • Yossel by Joe Kubert

  • Paul has a Summer Job by Michel Rabagliati

  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

  • Little Vampire Does Kung Fu by Joann Sfar

  • White Flower Day by Steven Weissman




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