Graphic Novels and Teen Readers

This course is not currently being offered as part of this year’s course schedule; however, for groups who have 20 or more individuals interested in taking the course, we can offer it exclusively to your organization! .

This four-week YALSA online course will introduce those who work with teens and graphic novels to best practices. The first week will provide an overview of graphic novel descriptors and assorted examples, including some for students to choose among to read and discuss during course. Week two discusses graphic literacy and text literacy. During the third week, participants will learn about manga, nonfiction, and other special areas of graphic novel availability and interest. The final week of class will address bibliographic issues such as selection, access, and marketing. Students may expect to spend approximately 2.5 hours per week on course work.


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify graphic novel descriptors, provide examples of each and use in facilitated discussion.
  • Identify graphic literacy and text literacy terms and use within appropriate context
  • Select manga, nonfiction, or graphic novel and develop presention analyzing text.
  • Implement best practices in selecting, accessing, and marketing graphic novels in the library collection

Who Should Attend

  • Teen services librarians
  • Public library workers
  • School library workers
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Literacy-focused professionals who work directly with teens and tweens.



With a group offering, all registrants, regardless of membership status, will receive the YALSA member rate.

Group offering without CEUs - $155 per person
Group offering with CEUs - $175 per person


How to Register

This course is currently available only as an organization-exclusive offering. For inquiries about how employees at your organization can participate in an offering exclusive to your group, please contact Program Officer, Continuing Education Nicole Gibby-Munguia at or 1-312-280-5293.

Payment is accepted via check, money order, purchase order or credit card. Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only.

Tech Requirements

This e-course is hosted through Moodle.


For organizations requesting an organization-exclusive offering of the course, an application for CEU credits may be filed upon request. This four-week course may be eligible for 1 CEU credit.


Contact Nicole Gibby-Munguia, YALSA's Program Officer, Continuing Education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.