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"Comic books even teachers can love"
--New York Times - click to read feature story
TOON has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to get more books kids will want to read in schools everywhere. Encouraging students to read with the pleasure of images is one of the best ways to nurture lifelong readers. We seek to support teachers with effective teaching tools to promote visual literacy.
"Comic books are so engaging to students and my kids will have so much fun learning to read and write as they explore comics and make their own. They'll be more excited to learn, which of course makes me even more excited to teach.”
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PRIZE-WINNING TOON GRAPHICS FOR GRADES 3-6
Designed for grades 3-6, this hardcover collection is comprised of high-interest genres, including Greek mythology, fantasy, adventure, and fairy tales. TOON Graphics are comics and visual narratives that bring the text to life in a way that captures young readers’ imaginations and makes them want to read on—and read more. Children also develop their aesthetic sense when they experience the relationship of text to picture in all its communicative power. Vetted by our team of educational experts, TOON Graphics introduce great storytelling traditions from around the world. Making meaning out of reading with the aid of visuals may be the best way to become a lifelong reader, one who knows how to read for pleasure and for information—a reader who loves to read. Set includes FREE downloadable lesson plans for every title.
Set Includes a Mix of Genres:
Greek Mythology Series by Yvon Pommaux
Teacher testimonials for the TOON Graphics Set
“For my most reluctant readers, graphic novels are a gateway to other reading. They often find a graphic novel that they can access and enjoy and that leads them directly into other books that hold their interest and make them want to read. The addition of these graphic novels will allow my students to access Greek Myths, which tie directly into our studies of ancient cultures and will help them to access other academic material.” - Mr. Carlin-Goldberg; California
“Reading is a struggle for so many of my students. The graphic novels you so generously donated have sparked a fire in some of my struggling readers that I have not witnessed until now. Seeing them excitedly check these books out of our classroom library was such an overwhelming moment for me!” - Mrs. Self; Florida
“What is amazing about graphic novels is how the students love to share them.
A student who might be embarrassed by his below-grade-level abilities can read in class without shame and recommend that book to an above-grade-level friend. A student learning English can read and enjoy the same book as her on-grade level peers, and have a conversation about it with them. Graphic novels are treasured, shared and discussed in my classroom across ability levels, and allow all students to grow in their ability and love of reading.
As I expected, the Greek mythology ones are the most popular already, with many of my students remembering and connecting with what they learned last year during a unit of study on mythology. They are enjoying reading different retellings of stories they know, as well as learning new myths. I really appreciate you caring about my students and donating so that they can have these beautiful new books.” - Ms. Munafo; Connecticut
“The students who were most excited about these new books were my reluctant readers and English language learners. Graphics make books more accessible, and graphic novels are popular for all students so nobody feels awkward or embarrassed reading them.” - Mrs. Mundt; Minnesota
“My students are so thrilled to see 10 new graphic novels in our classroom. We already have a signup sheet for who gets to read them first. You are truly making a difference for these kids and all my students to come!” - Mrs. Roosendahl • Parkview Elementary School; Port Hueneme, CA
“In today's world, it can be difficult to get children to choose a book before a smartphone. I hope by showing them this type of book, it may change some of their minds. Reluctant readers will be able to use the images to describe characters, the plot, and engage their imaginations!” - Ms. Glausen • Edison K-8 School; Brighton, MA
“Some of my students have aversions to reading novels, but love watching movies based on novels. These 10 books will provide a great compromise for them because they'll be able to see the stories unfold as they read. I'm excited about using them in my classroom! Thank you again.” - Mrs. Sturkey • Arundel Elementary Middle School 164; Baltimore, MD
“Graphic Novels are hands-down the most popular type of book in our library. Unfortunately, it is also the smallest section in our library. Adding these books has elicited exclamations such as ‘Oh my gosh! I'm so excited!’ and ‘I've been WAITING for you to get more graphic novels!’ ” - Mrs. Hydukovich; Minnesota
“Our students are avid readers whose comprehension and stamina is greatly aided by visual supports. The addition of these graphic novels to our classroom library will continue to engage students with high-level texts throughout the rest of the year.” - Ms. Weiss • Ravenswood Elementary School; Chicago, IL
“Graphic novels are especially helpful in providing context for students acquiring English or having difficulty reading. The pictures provide meaning to the words and help students understand them better. Students in my colleague's English language development class were the first to have access to the books. They flipped through each title and chose the one that they were most interested in. Then they were put in groups of students reading the same book. Next, they had book discussions based on the provided lesson plans. They loved it! The students can't wait to read other books from the set that their classmates read. They are talking about what they read with their friends and are wanting more - a librarian's dream come true!” - Ms. Douglass; Colorado
“True story: I have a group of boys who always rush right to the graphic novel shelf first. Before the holidays, I had shared with them that we would be getting some new graphic novels after our break. Yesterday was our first day back -- upon arrival, one of the boys came to ask me if the books were in -- and then proceeded to explain to me that I had told him the new graphic novels would be here after break. Luckily, I had received the shipping notification and knew they would be arriving this week, so I told him to give me a couple days and check back. I then reminded him that I would have to process the books, so it would probably be Friday before he could borrow them. His response: Can I help you process them? Will you let me know when they come so that I can come look at them even if I can't take them yet?” - Ms. Bird; New York
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Testimonials for TOON Books
"I am grinning ear to ear thinking about my students' reaction when I tell them how their world community believes in them and wants them to enjoy reading. I'm excited to use the new texts to highlight great reading strategies in small group lessons too.” - Ms. Crisp • St. Helens Elementary School; Longview, WA
"I have two reading classes and my third grade students are required to spend some of their day reading read-to-self texts. We are now fortunate to have a variety of new and appealing books for my students to select from. My students now have popular graphic novels they can get excited about!" - Ms. Stewart • Fairfield South Elementary School; Fairfield, OH
"My students absolutely LOVE the graphic TOON books. They were awestruck as we opened the box and they saw the brightly colored, hardcover books. Several of my students aren't especially in love with reading but adding these cartoon/comic book style books to our library has definitely inspired some of them to work harder toward their reading goals!" - Mrs. Roberts • North Hamilton Elementary School; Jennings, FL