Teaching with Cartoon Art: A Selected Bibliography


Abate, Michelle A, and Gwen A. Tarbox. Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults: A Collection of Critical Essays. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017.

Appel, John J. Jews in American Graphic Satire and Humor. Cincinnati: American Jewish Archives, 1984.

Akridge, Russell. “Cartoon Physics.” The Physics Teacher 28 (May 1990): 336.

Analyzing Political Cartoons and Primary SourcesEnrichment Activities and Resources for United States History. Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley Publications, 1993.

Atkins, Susan A. An Approach for Using Comics to Motivate Students While Reinforcing Comprehension Skills. Oswego, NY: State University of New York, 1975.

Ayaka, Carolene, and Ian Hague. Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels. London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.

Babic, Annessa Ann. Comics as History, Comics as Literature: Roles of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014.

Bakis, Maureen. The Graphic Novel Classroom: Powerful Teaching and Learning with Images. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, 2012.

Berninger, Mark, Jochen Ecke, and Gideon Haberkorn. Comics As a Nexus of Cultures: Essays on the Interplay of Media, Disciplines and International Perspectives. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co, 2010.

Bitz, Michael. Manga High Literacy, Identity, and Coming of Age in an Urban High School. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2009.

Bitz, Michael. The Art of Democracy-Democracy As Art: Creative Learning in Afterschool Comic Book Clubs. New York: Robert Browne Foundation, 2006.

Carter, James B. Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel. Urbana, Ill: National Council of Teachers of English, 2007.

Carter, James B. Rationales for Teaching Graphic Novels. Gainesville, Fla.: Maupin House, 2011. Computer file.

Carter, James B, and Erik A. Evensen. Super-powered Word Study: Teaching Words and Word Parts Through Comics. Gainesville, FL: Maupin House Pub, 2011.

“Cartooning as Journalism: Selection of Cartoons Summing Up Issues Surrounding Affirmative Action.” Black Issues in Higher Education 13 (25 July 1996): 20-21.

Cartoons and Comics in the Classroom. James L. Thomas, ed. Littleton, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 1983.

Chilcoat, George W. “Teaching About the Civil Rights Movement by Using Student-Generated Comic Books.” The Social Studies 84 (May-June 1993): 13-18.

Comics as an Educational Tool. Mobile, Ala.: Berkeley/Small, Inc., 1981.

Cooper, Vicki. Comics as an Educational Tool. Lawrenceville, GA.: Pawprints, 1981.

Craig, Jane Ann. Drawing on Your Rights: Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach about the Bill of Rights. Austin,Tex.: Law Focused Education, 1991.

DeCandido, Keith R. A. “Word Balloons: Trade Comics.” Wilson Library Bulletin 68 (October 1993): 136.

Dorrell, Larry D. “Why Comic Books?” School Library Journal 34 (November 1987): 30-32.

Eckard, Sandra. Comic Connections: Analyzing Hero and Identity. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

Elder, Joshua, and Chris Giarrusso. Reading with Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter! Kansas City, Missouri : Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2014.

“Eureka! Sci-Toons.” Science and Children 26 (September 1988): 32.

Gorman, Michele. Getting Graphic!: Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing, 2003.

Guenther, John. Close Encounters of the Comic Kind: Creative Comics
. Kansas City: Kansas City Star Co., 1986.

Herald, Nathan. Graphic Novels for Young Readers: A Genre Guide for Ages 4-14. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2011.

Hobbs, Jack A. “Comic Relief Is in the News.” Learning 24 (August 1995): 48-49.

Hou, Charles, and Cynthia Hou. The Art of Decoding Political Cartoons: A Teacher’s Guide. Vancouver: Moody’s Lookout Press, 1998.

Inge, M. Thomas. Comics in the Classroom. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1989.

Karp, Jesse, and Rush Kress. Graphic Novels in Your School Library. Chicago: American Library Association, 2012.

Kick, Russell. The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature: the World’s Greatest Kid’s Lit as Comics and Visuals. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2014.

Kunka, Andrew. Autobiographical Comics. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics. New York: Paradox Press, 2000.

Miller, Maggi. Laughter is a Basic Skill: a Guide to Using the Comics to Teach Basic Reading Skills. Austin, TX.: Austin American-Statesman, 1981.

Mollica, Anthony. Cartoons in the Language Classroom. 1970. Reprint, NY: ACTFL Material Center, 1976.

Monnin, Katie. Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels. Gainesville, FL: Maupin House Pub, 2011.

Nall, Alex. Teaching Comics: Volume One. 2016.

Pasfield-Neofitou, Sarah E, Cathy Sell, and Queenie Chan. Manga Vision: Cultural and Communicative Perspectives. Clayton, Victoria, Australia : Monash University Publishing, 2016.

Ready to Read! Cincinnati: Southwestern Publishing Co., 1988.

Regan, Colm. Thin Black Lines: Political Cartoons and Development Education. Birmingham,  AL.: Development Education Centre, 1988.

Rilas, Leonard. “Educational Comics: a Message in a Bubble.” Print 42, no.6: 145-157.

Rothwell, Jennifer Truran. “Politics and Media: Teaching with Cartoons.” Social Education 60 (October 1996): 326-328.

Rourke, James. The Comic Book Curriculum: Using Comics to Enhance Learning and Life.   Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2010.

Rowell, Elizabeth Hansen. “Caution: Using Comic Strips to Teach Reading May Also Help to Perpetuate Harmful Sex-Role Stereotypes!” The New England Reading Association Journal  20 (Autumn 1985): 44-48.

Scott, Kevin M. Marvel Comics’ Civil War and the Age of Terror: Critical Essays on the Comic Saga. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015.

Selwood, Sara, and Diana Irving. Harmful Publications: Comics, Education and Disenfranchised Young People. London: Art & Society, 1993.

The Social Studies 79, no. 5 (September-October 1988). [special issue on using cartoons in teaching]

Steinberg, Jerry. Whatcha Gonna Learn from Comics?: How to Use Comics to Teach Languages. Markham, Ontario: Pippin Publishing, 1992.

Tabachnick, Stephen E. Teaching the Graphic Novel. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

“Teaching with Documents: A Cartoonist’s View of the Eisenhower Years.” Social Education 54 (January 1990): 20-21.

“Use of Cartoons and Drawings to Improve Content Reading.” Journal of Reading 34 (April 1991): 563-564.

Williams, Bryan L. “Teaching Theory through Cartoons.” Journal of Health Education 25 (May- June 1994): 179-180.

Witek, Joseph. Comic Books as History: the Narrative art of Jack Jackson, Art Spiegelman, and Harvey Pekar. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1989.

Wolf, Shelby A. Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature. New York: Routledge, 2011.


Association of American Editorial Cartoonists/Newspapers in Education Cartoons for the Classroom http://nieonline.com/aaec/cftc.cfm

Comic Book Project http://www.comicbookproject.org/

Comics Worth Reading http://comicsworthreading.com/

Daryl Cagle’s Professional Cartoonists Index http://cagle.msnbc.com/

HarpWeek http://library.ohio-state.edu/record=b5577460

Library of Congress American Memory http://lcweb2.loc.gov./ammem/

New York Public Library Digital Gallery http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm

Ohio State University Cartoon Library & Museum https://cartoons.osu.edu/

Opper Project http://hti.osu.edu/opper/

Pioneering Cartoonists of Color http://www.clstoons.com/paoc/paocopen.htm

Scholastic  http://www.scholastic.com/librarians/ab/graphicnovels.htm


American History: the Early Years to 1877. New York: Glencoe/McGraw Hill, 1997.

Bennett, Clifford T. A Political Cartoon History of the United States. Glenview, IL: Scott Foresman, 1992.

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year. Charles L. Brooks, ed. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co.,1972-present.

“Cartoons about Congress, 1770-1980.” In American Memory (videodisc). Washington: Library of Congress, 1992.Classics Illustrated. 185 vols. New York: Gilberton, CO, 1947-1969. [This publication is widely available and includes classics by Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, and Mark Twain, among many others.]

Delisle, Guy. Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly, 2005.

The Economy in Cartoons: Ten Basic Lessons in Economics Using Political Cartoons. Fort Atkinson, WI.: Highsmith Inc., 1996.

Eisner, Will. A Contract with God. New York: Baronet, 1978.

Eskin, Leah. Historical Cartoons. Fort Atkinson, WI: Highsmith Inc., 1996.

Gantz, David. Jews in America: A Cartoon History. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2001.

Geography in Cartoons. Fort Atkinson, WI: Highsmith Inc., 1996.

Gonick, Larry. The Cartoon Guide to the Computer. New York: HarperPerennial, 1991.

—– The Cartoon Guide to the Environment. New York: HarperCollins, 1996.

—– The Cartoon Guide to Genetics. New York: HarperPerennial, 1991.—– The Cartoon Guide to Non-Communication. New York: HarperPerennial, 1993.—– The Cartoon Guide to Physics. New York: HarperPerennial, 1991.—– The Cartoon Guide to Statistics. New York: HarperPerennial, 1993.

—– The Cartoon History of the United States. New York: HarperPerennial, 1991.

—– The Cartoon History of the Universe. San Francisco: Rip Off Press, 1980.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. Adapted by P. Craig Russell and Jill Thompson. New York: Classics Illustrated, 1990.

Hester, Joseph. Cartoons for Thinking: Issues in Ethics and Values. 2nd ed. Monroe, NY: Trillium Press, 1988.

History of a Free Nation: Political Cartoons in American History. Westerville, OH: Glencoe/McGraw Hill, 1996.

Hosler, Jay. Clan Apis. Columbus, OH: Active Synapse Comics, 1998-1999.

—– The Sandwalk Adventures. Columbus, OH: Active Synapse Comics, 2000-

How to Get a Job and Keep It. Sonoma, CA: Sonoma County Business and Education  Roundtable, 1993.

Ishinomori, Shotaro.  Japan, Inc.: Introduction to Japanese Economics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Jaxon. Recuerden el Alamo. Berkeley: Last Gasp, 1979.

—– White Comanche. Berkeley: Last Gasp, 1977.

Jensen, Daniel L. and Edward N. Coffman. Accounting: the Lighter Side. New York: McGraw-Hill, annually 1982-1992.

Kalikos, James. The Physics of Superheroes. New York: Gotham Books, 2005.

Katchor, Ben. The Jew of New York. New York: Pantheon, 1998.

Learning through Laughter. Chicago: American Dietetic Association, 1990.

Let’s Talk About It. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 1990.Mack, Stan.

The Story of the Jews: A 4,000 Year Adventure. New York: Villard, 1998.Michael, Douglas.

The Cartoon Guide to Economics. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1987.

The Cartoon Guide to Law. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1987.

Moore, Alan, et al. Watchmen. New York: Warner Books, 1987.

Muth, Jon J. Dracula. New York: Marvel Comics, 1986.

Nakazawa, Keiji. Barefoot Gen: a Cartoon Story of Hiroshima. 4 vols. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994.

Pekar, Harvey.  American Splendor Anthology. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1986.

—– The New American Splendor Anthology. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1991.

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of the House of Usher. Adapted by P. Craig Russell. Chicago: Berkeley/First Publishing, 1990.

—– The Raven and Other Poems. Illustrated by Gahan Wilson. New York: Berkeley/First Publishing, 1990.

Rall, Ted. To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue. New York: Nantier, Beall, Minoustchine, 2002.

Russell, P. Craig. The Magic Flute. Books 1-3. Forestville, CA: Eclipse Books, 1990.

—– and Patrick C. Mason. Parsifal. Hayward, CA.: StarReach, 1978.

Sacco, Joe. Safe Area Goražde. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2001.

—– Palestine. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2001.

—–  The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly, 2003.

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Adapted by Steven Grant and Tom Mandrake. New York: Berkeley, 1990.

—– The Illustrated Macbeth. Illustrated by Von. New York: Workman, 1984.

—– King Lear. Illustrated by Ian Pollock. New York: Workman, 1984.

—– Othello. Illustrated by Oscar Zarate. New York: Workman, 1983.

Spiegelman, Art. Complete Maus (videodisc). New York: Voyager Co., 1994.

—– Maus. New York: Pantheon, 1986.

—– Maus II. New York: Pantheon, 1991.

—– In the Shadow of No Towers. New York: Pantheon, 2004.

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Adapted by Steve Jones. Newbury Park, CA: Eternity Comics, 1989.

Talbot, Bryan. The Tale of One Bad Rat. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 1995

Wilde, Oscar. Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde. Illustrated by P. Craig Russell. 2 vols. New York: Nantier, Beall, Minostchine, 1992.

United States Government: Interpreting Political Cartoons. Westerville, Ohio: Glencoe/Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, 1993.