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Manga Collection Development for Librarians: The Basics

A quick look at the basics of manga collection development!

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  • Manga Review: Chainsaw Man

    Title: Chainsaw Man Mangaka: Tatsuki Fujimoto US Publisher: Viz Media / Shonen Jump Status: Ongoing- Now in Part II Age Relevance: Upper High School and Up How Essential Is It?: Must Have Curricular Connections?: Independent Reading Reader’s Advisory Tags: Horror, Action Anime: Crunchyroll Content Warnings: Gore, suicide, death, sexual innuendos, cannibalism, groping Publisher Synopsis: Denji’s a poor young man who’ll do anything […]

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  • Manga Review: A Girl & Her Guard Dog

    Title: A Girl & Her Guard Dog Mangaka: HATSUHARU US Publisher: Kodansha Status: Ongoing Age Relevance: High School and Up How Essential Is It?: Purchase if You Need to Burn Money Curricular Connections?: Independent Reading Reader’s Advisory Tags: Yakuza, Romance Anime: Coming in 2023 Content Warnings: Age gap, grooming, stalking behavior, kidnapping, assault, organized crime, attempted sexual assault Publisher Synopsis: Isaku never […]

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  • Manga Review: Shuna’s Journey

    Title: Shuna’s Journey Mangaka: Hayao Miyazaki US Publisher: First Second Status: Complete (Single Volume) Age Relevance: Elementary and Up How Essential Is It?: Must Have Curricular Connections?: Folk Tales, Independent Reading Reader’s Advisory Tags: Folk tale, Tibet, Studio Ghibli Content Warnings: Slavery, some thematic violence. Publisher Synopsis: From legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki comes Shuna’s Journey, a new manga classic about a prince on […]

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  • Manhwa Review: Villians Are Destined to Die

    Title: Villians Are Destined to Die Creators: SUOL (artist), Gwon Gyeoeul (writer), David Odell (translator) US Publisher: IZE Press / Tapas (Ongoing chapters) Status: Ongoing Age Relevance: High School and Up How Essential Is It?: Nice to Have Curricular Connections?: Independent Reading Reader’s Advisory Tags: Isekai, Romance, Reverse Harem, Otome Game, Villainess Content Warnings: Child abuse, bullying, slavery, violence against women […]

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About Me

Hi, I’m Ashley Hawkins, School Librarian

My goal is to help school librarians in the US understand the medium a little better and make more educated purchasing decisions. This came after several of my peers asked me to do something along these lines, because they felt various levels of anxiety and confusion as non-readers of manga.