Graphic Novels and Teen Readers (YALSA)

This four-module YALSA online course will introduce those who work with teens and graphic novels to best practices.  Each module consists of a weekly reading, an online discussion with instructor and classmates, and supplementary material.  There will also be one live chat session – voice or real time text chat.

Learning Outcomes

  • Week 1: Overview of graphic novel descriptors and assorted examples, including some for students to choose among to read and discuss during course.
  • Week 2: for Graphic literacy and text literacy
  • Week 3: for Manga, nonfiction, and other special areas of graphic novel availability and interest. Students to pursue one in depth for discussion presentation.
  • Week 4: Bibliographic issues such as selection, access, marketing

Who Should Attend

Young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens.

Course Requirements

Participation is this course will require approximately 2.5 hours (asynchronous) per week to:

  • Read the online course material
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete online exercises


To be determined

Date(s) & Time(s)

This course is not currently scheduled to be offered, but is available to be licensed for presentation to your library by contacting Nicole Gibby Munguia at or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5293.

Course Length

Four weeks


  • $155 YALSA members
  • $195 ALA members
  • $215 nonmembers

Course Pairings

Interested in other YA literature classes? Check out Booktalks Quick and Simple, Boys and Books, Making the Match, and Power Up with Print!


Registration for this course is not presently available.


Nicole Gibby Munguia, YALSA's program officer for continuing education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.