Manga Goes to School: Cultivating Engagement and Inclusion in K–12 Settings (AASL Standards–Based Learning Series)

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Supporting educators at all levels of manga experience, this resource will help school librarians build stronger collections, create learner-centered programming, and incorporate manga into collaborative teaching.

The appeal of manga is undeniable. As a worldwide publishing phenomenon, it has deservedly garnered the attention of scores of young learners. School librarians are willing and excited to harness its overwhelming popularity, and the benefits are real: with manga, you’ll strengthen not only the circulation statistics in your school library but also engagement and inclusion. This easy-to-use guide will walk you through making it happen. Inside, you’ll discover

  • 12 adaptable lesson plans that incorporate the AASL Standards, with additional national and content-specific standards also highlighted to enhance instructional partnerships;
  • dedicated information for elementary, middle, and high school librarians;
  • an overview of manga basics, such as key genres and publishers; 
  • advice on collection development, readers’ advisory, and organizing in your space;
  • how manga collections and programming connect with and through all six of AASL’s Shared Foundations;
  • guidance on ways to integrate manga into your lesson planning, including anime club content that nurtures a feeling of community;
  • how manga connects with and through learners from marginalized communities; 
  • personal librarian stories beautifully illustrated manga-style by both high school learners and co-author Touré; and 
  • an appendix of manga recommendations sorted by age group and a helpful glossary.

Ashley Hawkins

Ashley Hawkins is a school librarian with expertise in collection development and student-centered librarianship. A school librarian for PS/IS 137 Rachel Jean Mitchell in Brooklyn and adjunct professor for Queens College GSLIS, she has written for multiple publications. She is a reviewer for Booklist and a Knowledge Quest blogger, as well as writing for her blog, Manga Librarian. Hawkins has presented at conferences, including ALA, and has been a guest on fandom and librarian podcasts. Her work’s primary goal is to ensure that every student has access to books they love, particularly manga, light novels, and manhwa, and to help librarians who need support in developing those collections to make decisions that maximize access.

Emily Ratica

Emily Ratica has been in education for over seventeen years, both as a teacher and a school librarian. She is currently back in the classroom, teaching high school English in the high desert in southern California. A converted comic book lover, she’s a self taught enthusiast in all things graphic. She is particularly passionate about increasing literacy of all kinds and preparing students for their futures as information consumers. Emily spends her time with her husband and four children (all of whom are avid manga readers), binge watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, crocheting amigurumi, playing board games, reading comics, and debating the merits and drawbacks of various superhero powers. You can find her hanging out at comic and gaming conventions, grading papers at home, or spending too much money at her local yarn store.

Sara Smith

Sara Smith is the District Librarian in California’s Central Valley. Previously, she was a high school teacher librarian and a high school English teacher. She also professionally reviews manga and graphic novels for Booklist and School Library Journal. She has written articles for California English, Diamond Bookshelf, and Booklist. She has also appeared as a podcast guest on School Librarians United and The Literacy Advocate. Sara has enjoyed touring the country as a speaker at conferences such as the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, American Association of School Librarians Annual Conference, and the School Library Journal Summit. When not surrounded by books, Sara enjoys the company of her partner, her two cats, and her succulent garden. 

Julie Stivers

Julie Stivers is the Upper School Librarian at Carolina Friends School in Durham, NC. Her work has been published in Knowledge Quest, School Library Journal, and YALS and she is the Author/Editor of Include (ALA, 2022). As an ALA Emerging Leader, she helped develop AASL’s Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries. She's the 2022 North Carolina School Library Media Coordinator of the Year and the 2023 School Librarian of the Year from School Library Journal. Her research and practical interests center inclusive library spaces, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and exploring the power of manga and anime with her students.

Sybil “Mouna” Touré

Sybil “Mouna” Touré is a resident of Falls Church, VA. She graduated from Old Dominion University with a Master’s Degree in Library & Information Science in May 2023. With a passion for manga/anime since childhood, she went to Virginia State University for an undergraduate degree in art with a focus on comics. Sybil creates original manga-influenced characters and self-published comics, in addition to being published in the Dirty Diamonds comics anthology and DC Conspiracy’s Magic Bullet. In 2020, she started BlackLight Sugar Press as her outlet for organizing collaborative fanzines, anthologies, and multimedia projects influenced by shoujo manga, otome games, and music.