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Graphic novels: a sure bet for your library

Mary Jane Heaney (School of Nursing, College of Education, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 10 July 2007




Provides a comprehensive review of the significance attributed to the usefulness, practicality and appropriateness of graphic novels in the school library media center with specific implications for collection development.


A careful review of recent literature provides the school media specialist with an overview of graphic novels including definitions, challenges, benefits, helpful resources, curricular connections and collection development issues. The sources reflect the recent trends in the increasing popularity of graphic novels and their use and benefit in school media centers.


Presents information on the definitions of graphic novels and the challenges and benefits specific to the school media center. Notes that while challenges exist, the benefits of including graphic novels in the school library media center are many, including engaging reluctant readers. Offers practical information for collection development and provides useful sources that serve many purposes.

Practical implications

Offers background information for the school library media specialist about graphic novels. Includes advice and practical strategies for building a graphic novel collection in the school media center.


This paper reflects recent trends toward increased interest in graphic novels and offers the school media specialist practical advice on how to best meet that growing interest by including graphic novels in the school media center.



Heaney, M.J. (2007), "Graphic novels: a sure bet for your library", Collection Building, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 72-76.



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