Reading with Pictures, the long running drive to create a school-certified textbook using comics, has entered into an agreement with Andrews McMeel to publish READING WITH PICTURES: THE GRAPHIC TEXTBOOK this August. The book, which is the brain child of RWP’s Josh Elder, includes stories that address issues in Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Science with such stories as “George Washington: Action President” by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, “Doctor Sputnik: Man of Science” by Roger Langridge and “The Power of Print” by Katie Cook and more.
The book is designed to fit into Common Core guidelines for supplemental reading material, and additional materials for using the book in classrooms will be available for teachers and parents. Andrews McMeel is publisher of Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side and the new AMP! line of kids graphic novels
The book has been Elder’s passion project for years, since founding Reading with Pictures as a non profit organization dedicated to establishing comics as a unique and valid teaching tool—a view that recent research backs up. Elder hopes that using comics as a teaching tool will not only present more opportunities for creating material, open up a whole new market for comics publishers and help kids learn along the way—so it’s a win/win for everyone.
“The AMP! mission is to create books that kids love and their parents, teachers, and librarians support wholeheartedly,” said Kirsty Melville, President and Publisher, AMP Book Division in a statement. “Our collaboration with Reading With Pictures takes that mission to the next level, as this revolutionary format utilizes comics—what we at Andrews McMeel do best—in a way that fosters discovery and learning, and helps educators implement the Common Core standards.”
“Our goal is to make educational content that kids will actually want to read, and no one knows more about what kids want to read than Andrews McMeel,” said Elder.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.