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  • Cook Elementary School
  • Austin, TX
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Neil Gaiman said, “The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them.” It's a plain truth that for some students out there, reading is going to be a hard sell. Maybe they've struggled with reading in the past, maybe they have a hard time focusing on so many words for so long, or maybe they have just been forced to read things they just aren't interested in. Even though it breaks your heart to hear it, I have students who tell me, "I don't like reading." However, I have found my secret weapon with these reluctant readers, especially with our English language learners - graphic novels and comic books. Over the past 2 years I have been at our school, I have been growing and highlighting our comics and graphic novel section of our library and students have been devouring them. I literally have to tell them not to run to the display and fight over the books. They have been so excited that many students have already read all the books in our graphic novel section and are begging for more. This year I had a marked interest in adding manga to our collection. Our students love anime and manga - they love drawing, watching, and reading these Japanese art forms. However, I currently have no manga in the library! With our current library budget, I struggle to keep up with the informational and recreational needs of our readers and would love help in bringing in these books that I know will excite and engage them.

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Neil Gaiman said, “The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them.” It's a plain truth that for some students out there, reading is going to be a hard sell. Maybe they've struggled with reading in the past, maybe they have a hard time focusing on so many words for so long, or maybe they have just been forced to read things they just aren't interested in. Even though it breaks your heart to hear it, I have students who tell me, "I don't like reading." However, I have found my secret weapon with these reluctant readers, especially with our English language learners - graphic novels and comic books. Over the past 2 years I have been at our school, I have been growing and highlighting our comics and graphic novel section of our library and students have been devouring them. I literally have to tell them not to run to the display and fight over the books. They have been so excited that many students have already read all the books in our graphic novel section and are begging for more. This year I had a marked interest in adding manga to our collection. Our students love anime and manga - they love drawing, watching, and reading these Japanese art forms. However, I currently have no manga in the library! With our current library budget, I struggle to keep up with the informational and recreational needs of our readers and would love help in bringing in these books that I know will excite and engage them.

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