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Mr. Taylor from Eastpointe MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Convergence of Art and Language

Help me give my students a solid collection of graphic novels at the secondary level.

  • $603 goal

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My Students

I work with all students in the district, but the high school has been without a certified librarian for nearly a decade; now that our community schools have reinstated the teacher-librarian position, the collections need to be updated to best serve the needs of students in our school.

We are a minority-majority Title I school with high rates of poverty, transiency, and housing insecurity.

Our students have expressed a desire for the library to house books with characters from urban and diverse backgrounds. They want to see themselves in the literature they read.

My Project

My secondary students have fallen in love with graphic novels. Almost every time I'm in the library, they ask me when I'm going to get them more! I am hoping to overhaul our magazines sections at the middle and high school and replace them with graphic novels.

Graphic novels have long been stigmatized and somehow perceived as being of less literary merit than traditional literature; but this is a fallacy.

On the contrary, "What researchers are finding is that [they] can engage and challenge ... in both visually and linguistically complex ways. The combination of text and illustration require an entirely different level of focus and concentration. In some ways [they] are more challenging than straight novels" (Shurtliff, 2019).

To summarize: kids should read what they want to read; graphic novels are great not only for those who are interested in them, but also for struggling and reluctant readers (National Library of New Zealand, 2017); and there is a great deal of depth to them, of which students are able to decode, respond to, and improve their literacy on a holistic level.

"While a quick look at ... cartoonish characters might indicate these novels cover breezy topics, it's far from the reality. Pilkey's Dog Man books continue a running storyline about a shared custody arrangement. In ... Guts, Telgemeier dives into mental health issues, describing the experience of a panic attack with words and pictures—an experience kids struggle with more often these days" (Hall, 2019).

Mr. Taylor
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Black Panther 1 • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
This Place: 150 Years Retold • Amazon Business $22.17 1 $22.17
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $9.48 2 $18.96
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Titan's Curse: The Graphic Novel The Titan's Curse • AKJ Education $9.48 2 $18.96
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Sea of Monsters, The: The Graphic Novel The Sea of Monsters • AKJ Education $9.48 2 $18.96
Gender Queer: A Memoir • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
The Giver (Graphic Novel) (1) (Giver Quartet) • Amazon Business $15.36 1 $15.36
The Giver (Graphic Novel) (1) (Giver Quartet) • Amazon Business $15.36 1 $15.36
The Kite Runner Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $15.33 1 $15.33
Frankenstein The Graphic Novel: Original Text • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Single Volume • Amazon Business $15.24 1 $15.24
Naruto (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 3: Includes vols. 7, 8 & 9 (3) • Amazon Business $14.63 1 $14.63
The Best of Poe • AKJ Education $7.26 2 $14.52
One Piece: East Blue 7-8-9 • Amazon Business $14.41 1 $14.41
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Hobbit (Graphic Novel) with a subtitle of An illustrated edition of the fantasy classic • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass • Amazon Business $11.84 1 $11.84
Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds • Amazon Business $11.67 1 $11.67
Jackie Robinson • AKJ Education $5.80 2 $11.60
Naruto (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 4: Includes vols. 10, 11 & 12 (4) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Naruto: 3-in-1 Edition, Vol. 1 (Uzumaki Naruto / The Worst Client / Dreams) • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
One Piece: East Blue 1-2-3 • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
One Piece: East Blue 10-11-12 • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
One Piece: East Blue 4-5-6 • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 4-6 (Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1) • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 7-9 (Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1) • Amazon Business $10.94 1 $10.94
Naruto (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 2: Includes vols. 4, 5 & 6 (2) • Amazon Business $10.83 1 $10.83
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-3 (Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1) • Amazon Business $10.83 1 $10.83
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.51 1 $9.51
Cardboard • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Ghostopolis • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Romeo and Juliet (Graphic Shakespeare) • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave The Shakespeare Mysteries, Book 1 • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83

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