Graphic novels have emerged as effective tools to help struggling and reluctant readers. Vivid illustrations draw students in, allowing them to create meaning and make inferences. The narrative text is easily understood, so students who might struggle through traditional texts enjoy the satisfaction of completing a book while discovering relevant storylines. Finally, graphic novels can serve as windows and mirrors: materials students see themselves in and, at the same time, materials that open a portal to others’ experiences.
We recently created Unfamiliar, a hi-lo reader that is a high interest graphic novel appealing to a diverse student base and showcasing the distinguished writing, editing, design, and illustration capabilities that Westchester K-12 Publishing Services provides for educational publishers of all sizes. Take a tour behind the scenes with our team as the project takes shape from concept to reality.
Anne Riccio, our Literacy and Humanities Sr. Supervising Editor, addresses why Graphic Novels are effective, which form the basis for Unfamiliar, in her summary of the July 2018 International Literacy Association conference.
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