Library Collections for Teens: Manga and Graphic Novels by Kristin Fletcher-Spear and Merideth Jenson-Benjamin

Manga coverHere’s the most current and complete guide written for librarians to the fascinating world of Japanese and American manga and graphic novels. Written by two experts who are very popular workshop presenters, Fletcher-Spear and Jenson-Benjamin cover everything librarians need to know in the manga and graphic novels area, from evaluating, selecting, and ordering to building and integrating collections and defending titles. They cover both new and popular titles and series as well as what is classic and necessary for your collection.

Chapters cover: a short history of graphic novels and manga, how the format is beneficial for readers, collection development and management (including selection criteria), how to evaluate a graphic novel for purchase, purchasing options (including publishers, specialty stores, vendor catalogs, and Diamond Comic Distributors), mending options, creative programs based on the format, and lists of titles you will want to have in your young adult collection.

This guide will help you build a graphic collection your teens will love.

ISBN: 9781555707453
Published: 2010
8.5 x 11 | 175 pp. | $60

School Library Journal, May 2011: “This informative, comprehensive handbook is perfect for any librarian, whether new to graphic novels and manga or already familiar with the format….It is apparent that the authors have both a passion for and a knowledge of the subject matter. This all-inclusive guide will enable librarians to better serve teens through a more diverse collection.”

YALS, Spring 2011: “…the authors’ fleet, engaging prose, and the sheer density of information make this work the new standard professional guide to graphic novels.”