May 19, 2022

Children's Books: ALSC Releases Children’s Graphic Novel Core Collection

From the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC):

Graphic novels are exploding in popularity. This sometimes misunderstood type of book is a full-length story told in paneled, sequential, graphic format and it is different from book-length collections of comic strips or wordless picture books.

In recognition of the importance of these books for children, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) directed its Quicklists Consulting Committee to create a list of titles for public librarians serving elementary school-age children (kindergarten through 8th grade). The result is the Children’s Graphic Novel Core Collection from ALSC.

“This core list will guide librarians in selecting the best graphic novels to meet children’s needs,” said Mary Fellows, board president. “Graphic novels are wildly popular with kids, positively impact children’s visual literacy skill development and are an essential part of 21st century library collections.”

Selecting graphic novels for library collections can be challenging for librarians who may feel that they don’t have sufficient knowledge to identify appropriate books for different ages, or may be simply overwhelmed by the number of titles available.

To help with the selection process, the committee developed a “core” list for public libraries to use when starting or maintaining a children’s graphic novel collection. The list includes classics as well as new titles that have been widely recommended and well-reviewed and books that have popular appeal as well as critical acclaim.

Direct to Children’s Graphic Novel Core Collection

Read the Complete Announcement
Includes a list of the Quicklists Consulting Committee members.

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