As graphic novels and
comics are increasingly appreciated as a legitimate literary format,
BOSCO'S has been getting requests from librarians and teachers to
help them find appropriate graphic novels for young readers.
Click the links below
for lists we have developed. These DO NOT include all of the graphic
novels and manga that we have. We carry thousands of titles. These
lists are just to get you started.
The Top Great Graphic Novels for Teens for 2012
Young Teen List
Diamond Comic Distributors
Secret Origin of Good Readers
Take a day off!
This has lesson plans involving comics ready for you!
We want to talk to
you! BOSCO'S can send a team to your group to talk about how
comics are more than just words and pictures combined, but have
a "language" of their own. We will also bring graphic novels and
provide lists that we and librarians across the country recommend
for different age groups.
Special deal for librarians.
20% discount off the suggested retail price for purchases of graphic
novels and manga by public or school libraries. Graphic novels and
manga already on sale will be sold at the sale price or 20% off
the suggested retail price which ever is lower. We only offer this
program through our Spenard store.
Librarians may purchase
off our shelves or they can fax (907) 274-4117 or email an
order to orders (at) boscos.com.
We'll pull it for later pickup. We can deliver or pay shipping costs
within Alaska for orders over $150 after the discount (that's about
13 or 14 books).
BOSCO'S is set up as
a vendor to the Anchorage School District and offers a discount
for orders from libraries.
We love comics and want
to get more of them into your library! Please contact us if there
is anything we can do to help.
BOSCO'S is located at
2606 Spenard Road and in the Dimond Center. Call Eric Helmick for
more information at (907) 274-4112.
For some comic relief,
check out Unshelved!
A Native Lad.
A graphic novel history written, drawn
and published by Alaskans!
Learn more ... Click here
sure to take a look at this year's Eisner
These are chosen by retailers
and other professionals in the industry. They will not all be appropriate
for all ages. They do typically represent high quality art and stories.
This site won the 2011 Eisner
Award for Best Comic Related Journalism.
Wars: Love & War'
" ... Imagine Fahrenheit 451 as a shojo manga, and you wouldn’t
be far off..."
"In Sarah Hurst's
brisk journey through Alaska's history, we meet dozens of historical
figures and learn about the big impact events that led us to today.
Flying No Tights
This site is specifically devoted to presenting graphic
novel reviews for kids and those who work with them, including librarians,
teachers, and parents. It used to be that comics were, generally,
for kids -- but this is no longer true! In today's comics, the stories
are most often aimed at adults and teens, and there are fewer and
fewer titles for kids. Thus, the creation of this site to help you
all navigate the murky waters of comic book stores and graphic novel
sections to make sure you're getting what's right for you!
crunching: How Looking at Graphic Novel Circulation Statistics from
Many Perspectives Help You Know What's Really Flying Off the Shelves
School Library Journal November 2009
Smith of the Pasadena Public Library on 'Startling' Circulation
Stats Advice for Fellow Librarians Published by ICV2.com
: 05/13/2009 01:05am Nick Smith of the Pasadena Public Library writes
in to offer some advice to his fellow librarians regarding building
graphic novel areas in their libraries: For those of you who need
ammunition in getting your administration to let you create separate
graphic novel areas, I have recently received some startling circulation
After a long struggle, our library got separate graphic novel labels
and shelving areas for adult, YA, JRHI and Juvenile graphic novels.
I have started gathering circulation statistics covering what happens,
now that these areas are separate and visible.
Among other things, the increase in the circulation of the Juvenile
graphic novels is astounding. From July 1 of 2008 through March
31 of 2009, the average copy of our juvenile graphic novels circulated
16 times! By comparison, the average juvenile novel circulated 3
times. That's more than a fivefold increase, which is a LOT more
than I expected.
For the Junior High collection, the average graphic novel circulated
6 times, compared to 3 for the comparable text novels.
For the YA collection, the circulation of graphic novels is also
about double that of the comparable novels. What made this interesting
is that until recently, our YA novels included a lot of graphic
novels that hadn't been re-cataloged. THOSE started flying off the
shelves once they were moved to the Graphic Novel shelves.
We are still waiting for the adult numbers, but the juvenile ones
are amazing. Whatever we add to that collection flies off the shelf.
Food For Thought for Comic Book
Comics have the power to move, to inspire
and to teach. Additionally, comics are the only form of entertainment
that are both "right-brained" and "left-brained," evoking cognitive
and interpretive skills in readers simultaneously.
BOSCO'S is happy to provide assistance
to those who are attempting to use comic books as a learning tool.
We have worked for years with progressive teachers and librarians
who recognize the power of comics in the classroom.
Many students first find the love of
reading by reading comics.
"One of the things I am very grateful
to my father for is that, contrary to conventional educational principles,
he allowed me to read comics. I think that is how I developed a
love for English and for reading." ---- Nobel Prize winner Bishop
"A commonly overlooked area for read-aloud
is the comic book, and my first choice would be the incomparable
TINTIN… A comic can be viewed as an interesting sequential diagram
of conversation --- a language blueprint. Once the blueprint is
understood, the child will be ready and willing to follow it on
his own without your reading it aloud." ---- author and educator
Jim Trelease from "The Read-Along Handbook" (for more than 20 years
this book has been recommended reading for elementary school teachers
FACT: The average comic book introduces
children to nearly twice as many new words as the average children's
book and more than five times as many as the average child-adult
conversation. (From a 1993 study published in The Journal of Child
FACT: A 1992 study of more than 200,000
students from 32 countries revealed that Finland, the nation with
the highest proportion of comic book reading students (nearly 60%),
also has the highest literacy rate (99%), as well as the highest