Solidarity Forever: A Review of On The Ropes

By Jason Nisavic (@Teaching_Humans) My fifth year as a teacher almost began with a strike. As the contract negotiation process between our union leaders and the administration stalled out, whispers of greed and corruption began to poison the community on both sides. For the first time, the day-to-day joy evaporated and I saw this career […]

Review of Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love

Written By: Patricia C McKissack and Frederick L McKissack Jr. Illustrated by: Randy Duburke REVIEW Each era of American history has a distinct color and feel to it – from the black and white clad puritans, to the green camo of the boys in World War II, to the tie-died hippies marching for change. In […]

Review of Beowulf by Gareth Hinds

  By Erik Kallenborn For the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to travel the country, speaking about the benefits of comics and graphic novels in the classroom, helping many teachers get started with the medium in their own classrooms along the way. There are many roads that led to where the Comics Education […]

American Born Chinese, Review

  By Michael Gianfrancesco   REVIEW The brainchild and signature book of author/artist Gene Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, the graphic novel American Born Chinese has won its share of awards. For students and educators alike, the novel offers a wonderful story that touches on many common themes, motifs and content areas […]

Review of Sisters

  By Ronell Whitaker Written & Art by Raina Telgemeier Appropriate for grades: 2nd grade and up   Review When I first read Raina Telgemeier’s 2010 graphic novel Smile, I had trouble relating. As a high school teacher, I couldn’t shake the fact that I was not the intended audience. “This is kids’ stuff,” I […]

El Deafo Review

Review by Chloe Anderson Written and Illustrated by Cece Bell Winner of the John Newberry Medal  SYNOPSIS  El Deafo is perfect for new readers as a bridge between sight-word books and more complex stories. It tells the story of Cece Bell, who loses most of her hearing at the age of 4. New schools and making friends can be scary […]

MARCH Review

By Eric Kallenborn Last August, I was privileged enough to hear Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, co-authors of the award-winning graphic novel trilogy March, speak at Evanston Public High School in Evanston, Illinois. It was there, about three months before the Presidential election that I understood, that no matter the outcome of the election, […]