Imagine learning about the Civil War, grammar, and division through a graphic novel. Reading With Pictures is trying to do just this -- to bring comics into the room to be used as teaching tools.
Reading With Pictures is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity whose goal is to promote visual literacy by publishing what they call "Graphic Textbooks." The organization has worked with the Learning Sciences Department of Northwestern University to create content that draws from a list of Common Core Standards that are used for curriculums country-wide. The textbooks are aimed at grades 3 through 6 and cover lessons in Social Studies, Math, Language Arts and Science. Each book will contain a dozen short fiction and non-fiction stories.
Reading With Pictures hopes to raise $65,000 via their KickStarter campaign to launch the first in the series. They've solicited the help of some of the best comic illustrators and authors out there such as Katie Cook of "Fraggle Rock," Roger Langridge of "The Muppet Show" and Russell Lissau of "The Batman Strikes."