Manga Collection Development for Librarians: The Basics

A quick look at the basics of manga collection development!


  • Manga for Middle Grades: A Delicate Balance

    Middle grade collection development for manga is probably the trickiest grade band of them all. As a transitional period, you are purchasing titles for students who range drastically in maturity and stages of adolescent development. Because middle school is really a time when students are starting to understand the world and push on boundaries, it […]


  • Manga Review: Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

    Title: Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Mangaka: Takashi Shiina, Rumiko Takahashi (Designed by), Katsuyuki Sumisawa (Other adaptation by) US Publisher: VIZ Media Status: Ongoing Age Relevance: Middle, High School How Essential Is It?: Nice to Have Curricular Connections?: N/A Reader’s Advisory Tags: InuYasha, feudal Japan, isekai, sequel series, strong female characters, fantasy, action Anime: Crunchyroll Content Warnings: Very mild horror and violence. Publisher Synopsis: […]


  • Manga Review: Talk to My Back

    Title: Talk to My Back / Shin Kirari Mangaka: Yamada Murasaki US Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly Status: Complete Age Relevance: Adult How Essential Is It?: Must Have for Adult Collections Curricular Connections?: Great for discussions of feminist theory and thought. Could be used in high school ELA as a read-alike for literary works on feminist though. Reader’s Advisory Tags: motherhood, feminism, […]


  • Purchasing Manga & Light Novels for Elementary School Librarians and Children’s Librarians: Tips, Titles, and a Plea to Publishers

    This is by far the topic I receive the most requests to cover, and my previous posting has the highest views. So, I thought it was time to put some of this into writing, put in some updates, and also put in some additional contexts. Tips for Collection Development When it comes to purchasing manga […]


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.