CBLDF is kicking off summer with a medley of resources for educators, librarians, and parents:
Summer Reading Challenge!
CBLDF is partnering with local comics retailers to offer a 12 week summer reading challenge! Weekly prompts get kiddos (and adults!) finding fresh reads for summer. You can download a copy of the Summer Reading Challenge here. Be sure to reach out to your local comic shop to see if they are participating–many are offering goodies and giveaways–or use it with your students to keep them reading all summer long.
2020 Comics in Education Survey
We need to hear from YOU! Help CBLDF collect data about how educators use comics in the classroom by taking the Comics in Education Survey, open now through July 31, 2020. We publish and share the results to help defend and support the use of comics in education. Everyone who completes the survey is entered to win a classroom library collection! Take and share the survey here: https://cbldf.org/2020/05/cbldf-2nd-comics-in-education-survey-starts-today/
June is Pride Month
- We will be highlighting resources and reads throughout the month!
- Watch for special interviews and creator goodies too!
Graphic Novel Guides this Month:
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman: a discussion and activity guide for this gorgeously illustrated book that captures the beauty and spirit of nature and the complexities of belonging through the experience of 13 year old Charlie Lamonte a queer, young, black woman at a Christian summer camp.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: a discussion and activity for this beloved book that flips fairytales on their heads with the friendship of Frances the dressmaker and her Prince, whom she secretly helps outfit with the most extraordinary dresses of all! As these two discover, however, secrets and dreams aren’t meant to be kept quiet forever.
Our next League Book Club discussion will be in July for: Lowriders In Space (via Zoom) Thursday, July 16 @ 4:30 Pacific Time
Our next League read is Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper and Raul the Third. Join our book discussion to share your thoughts and talk about ways to use this book with students.
- About the book: Looking for an energetic, optimistic, imaginative, collaborative, culturally rich romp of a read? You’ve found it! From the publisher: Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team’s favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash—just what the team needs to open their own shop! ¡Ay chihuahua! What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe? Striking, unparalleled art from debut illustrator Raul the Third recalls ballpoint-pen-and-Sharpie desk-drawn doodles, while the story is sketched with Spanish, inked with science facts, and colored with true friendship. With a glossary at the back to provide definitions for Spanish and science terms, this delightful book will educate and entertain in equal measure.
- See the book trailer here: https://youtu.be/oO15SU2XBmM
- All League members will be emailed a ready-to-use PDF teaching guide and League-only author resource at the end of the month!
Looking to get a copy of the book?
- Buy from your local comic shop—our partner retailers are listed HERE
- Support independent bookstores by purchasing through BookShop.org
- Snag a digital edition with Kindle
Know someone who should be joining us? Invite them to the League of Graphic Novel Educators today!
Members of the League of Graphic Novel Educators receive:
- Graphic novel teaching guides for classroom-appropriate graphic novels.
- Invites to League Book Club meetings: live, hosted talks about how to use the book with students.
- Educator webinars exploring literacy, social justice, book selection, diverse readers, and more.
- Exclusive access to classroom shareables from graphic novel artists and authors.
- Private, online community forum for sharing ideas and resources.
- Articles, resources, and recommendations throughout the year for common themes, topics, and trends.
All items are standards-based and ready to go!
SIGN UP NOW and help spread the word: the League of Graphic Novel Educators wants YOU!
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