Are Schools Ready for Teen Time?



Jones, Patrick, Patricia Taylor, and Kirsten Edwards. A Core Collection for Young Adults. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2003.
Focusing on titles YA teens would be most likely to own or check out frequently, these experts have selected and annotated over 1,000 titles, including adult and young adult fiction and nonfiction; biographies and personal narratives; graphic novels and illustrated works; underground classics; humor; science fiction/fantasy; Web sites; databases, and other electronic formats. Brief annotations provide insight and identify the primary audience for each book.

Alvermann, Donna E.; Heron, Alison H. "Literacy Identity Work: Playing to Learn with Popular Media". Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. (October 2001). p. 118.
The authors suggest that many teens spend so much time of their time playing games on computers because as a society we no longer play as much as we did. There is less unstructured time. Alvermann and Heron discuss the advisability of including popular media in the classroom, as this may change the way the students view the media, and furthermore interrupt the normal rhythms of discussion amongst children outside the classroom.

Jones, Patrick. "Connecting Young Adults and Libraries: Creating Raving Fans into the 21st. Century." Orana. (March 2000). p. 24.
Patrick Jones presents some of his ideas of ways of changing the lives of teens, using reading and the resources of the libraries to do this. He lays out steps which libraries can take in order to accomplish this goal.

Mahiri, Jabari. "Pop Culture Pedagogy and the End(s) of School." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. (Dec 2000/Jan 2001). p. 382.
Mahiri discusses the way pop culture affects the way children learn. He feels that school should embrace the styles of learning used in the electronic media. Literacy today has a different meaning than it did. Children are exposed to many means of communication, schools need to prepare them to master all these methods, not just books.

Schwarz, Gretchen E. "Graphic Novels for Multiple Literacies". Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.. (November 2002). p. 262.
Presents the opposite view from that of Alvermann and Heron cited above. Schwarz lists several graphic novels that could be used in a variety of classes, from English to Social Studies.

A publisher of graphic novels, some of which can be used in schools. There is a link on this site to their curricular guide for Meridian, one of their titles. This guide is displayed on the web site, so that teachers can evaluate the program.

DC Comics
A classic comic book publisher, DC has titles such as Superman and Batman, and several other superheroes. Many of the stories are available in graphic novel form.

Diamond Comic
Diamond Comics is one of the largest distributors of comic books and graphic novels in the United States.

Jon Scieszka's web site aimed at reluctant male readers. He has a couple of lists of recommended books for guys.

Marvel Comics
Marvel publishes many popular titles with superheroes too. They have Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, and others. This link takes to the current titles in graphic novel form.

Ratieri, Steve."Recommended Graphic Novels for Public Libraries".(Feb. 2003) url:, accessed 04/15/2003.
Steve Ratieri is a librarian in Xenia, Ohio. He works in a public library. He has compiled a list of the best graphic novels his library has purchased over the years (more than a 1000 titles). He updates the list regularly, and has read most of the books. The lists are annotated, though there is not enough information about interest level and age appropriateness. Still this is a good place to start to gather titles of interest. Ratieri currently does reviews of graphic novels on a regular basis for Library Journal.

Young Adult Library Services Association
This is the page of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) division of the American Library Association. There are several lists accessible from this page, from "outstanding books for the college bound" to "quick picks for the reluctant reader." There are also a variety of other interesting links related to teens and reading.