Children's Graphic Novels 101: Selection, Evaluation and Programming for Children

Graphic novels are one of the best tools for motivating kids to read, and have become an essential component of many youth library collections.  Learn about the emerging trends in this genre, resources available to make quality selections, evaluating graphic novels for young patrons, and developing or building a collection.  In addition to book selection, participants will gain the skills needed to successfully market the collection and provide programming.  Participants will come away from this course excited about using graphic novels in their library, and equipped with the tools needed to provide reader’s advisory and fun children’s programs.

Featured in this course will be live chats with popular graphic novel author/illustrators.  Chats are optional, but provide students with a rare, inside look into the world of graphic novels.

Please note that this course was previously called "Introduction to Graphic Novels for Children."

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop the skills needed to successfully evaluate graphic novels
  • Recommend age and skill-level appropriate graphic novels to children, parents and teachers
  • Identify specific characteristics and genres of graphic novels for children 
  • Create a toolkit of graphic novel resources to be used in a children’s library setting
  • Develop a library program for children using graphic novels 

Who Should Attend

Children’s librarians in public libraries and schools; library paraprofessional and support staff who are working with students and parents.


Janet Weber, MLIS, Youth Services Librarian, Tigard Public Library


How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Course space is limited.

Credits &/or CEUs

College credit and CEUs are not available at this time.  ALSC's online courses are the equivalent of a one day face-to-face workshop.  An electronic certificate of completion will be emailed to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken.

Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certification and continuing education credits.  The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district.  If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility.  Some states will review your certificate of completion and course syllabus to determine eligibility.  A PDF copy of the syllabus can be provided to you upon request.


If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor Janet Weber.

If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Kristen Sutherland, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.

If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category.  For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge.  If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer.  All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course.  Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Sutherland.  Transfers may not be made once a course has started.