May 19, 2022

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) Releases Results of Comics in Education Survey, Includes List of Top 10 Comics in Used in Schools

From a CBLDF Blog Post:

Results of a survey released today by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the industry’s leading voice for free speech advocacy and education, offers concrete evidence of what has been long been believed true but unverified: teachers and students are embracing comics as valuable tools in the classroom. This groundbreaking work offers one of the first data-driven looks into the important role comics are playing in classrooms all over the country.


More than 30% of respondents use comics in their classrooms daily. More than three quarters of respondents are using comics for independent reading, and about half use them to supplement the main lesson. Almost 40% of respondents incorporate comics into their main teaching track, a higher-than-expected result that indicates the format has made significant gains in educational settings. Finally, the survey proves what we already knew: profound student interest in the format. Less than 3% of respondents indicate student resistance to comics.


The survey itself adds to these resources, offering a comprehensive data-driven list of books already being used in school setting, including the below Top 10:

  1. Maus by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon)
  2. March (trilogy) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)
  3. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon)
  4. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
  5. Amulet (series) by Kazu Kibuishi (Scholastic)
  6. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
  7. Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud (William Morrow Paperbacks)
  8. Ms. Marvel (series) by G. Willow Wilson et al (Marvel Comics)
  9. Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
  10. (tie) Dog Man (series) by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic) and Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC Comics)

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