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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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  • Light Novel Collection Development

    Light novels or ライトノベル (raito noberu) are a type of young adult novel from Japan that primarily target middle and high school students. In contrast to manga, which are graphic novels, light novels are prose novels that have key scenes illustrated in a manga style. In the past few years, thanks to the efforts of […]

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  • Back to School Title List Updates!

    I’ve spent some time updating my most utilized lists to include more titles. Here are all of them: Children’s (Elementary) Titles Manga & Light Novels for Middle School (6-8) High School Manga Recommendations Light Novel Recommendations LGBTQ+ Manga For Secondary Manga Available in Hardcover Manga for Adult Readers Manhwa In Print Or Coming to Print […]

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  • Manhwa Collection Development: Korean Webtoons On the Rise

    Manhwa is quite simply the Korean word for comics, but it is a format that is steadily on the rise. It’s quite easy for outsiders to simply consider manhwa to be “colorized manga” but to do so really misses that there are marked differences in the two formats. It also disrespects the cultural differences between […]

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  • Manga Review: Witch Hat Atelier

    Title: Witch Hat Atelier Mangaka: Kamome Shirahama US Publisher: Kodansha Status: Ongoing Age Relevance: Middle School and Up (Upper Elementary can assess on a school by school basis because of content in volume 9) How Essential Is It?: Must Have Curricular Connections?: Could be used in art curriculum, or for independent reading. Reader’s Advisory Tags: Fantasy, Art, Harry Potter Replacements, Manga […]

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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.