Graphic novel readers have emerged as effective tools to help struggling and reluctant readers. Vivid illustrations draw students in, allowing them to create meaning and make inferences. The narrative text is easily understood, so students who might struggle through traditional texts enjoy the satisfaction of completing a book while discovering relevant storylines. Finally, graphic novels can serve as windows and mirrors: materials students see themselves in and, at the same time, materials that open a portal to others’ experiences.
We recently created Unfamiliar, a hi-lo reader that is a high-interest graphic novel appealing to a diverse student base and showcasing the distinguished writing, editing, design, and illustration capabilities that Westchester Education Services provides for educational publishers of all sizes. Take a tour behind the scenes with our team as the project takes shape from concept to reality.
Anne Riccio, our Literacy and Humanities Sr. Supervising Editor, explains why graphic novels are an effective platform for engaging readers of varying abilities in her summary of the July 2018 International Literacy Association conference.
In February 2019, Unfamiliar was recognized by the Dayton, Ohio chapter of the American Advertising Federation, winning a Silver Hermes Creative Award.
Complete the form to the right to download your complimentary copy of Unfamiliar, and contact us to help your company develop original graphic novel reader content.