Harness the literacy power of graphic readers in today’s elementary classroom

Grades 1–8

Specs: 8.5″x11″, 76 pages

Learning to Read With Graphic Power, by David Booth and Larry Swartz, is a comprehensive resource containing everything educators need to teach literacy in the elementary grades while keeping students engaged. Discover why graphic readers belong in the classroom, how they can connect to existing literacy programs, and how they can be used to support guided reading and help young students improve comprehension and word knowledge.


Series Editor

David Booth

David Booth is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto. For over 40 years, he has been involved in education as a classroom teacher, consultant, professor, researcher, speaker, and author. At the University of Toronto, his students have included teachers, administrators, and artists enrolled in the Pre-Service, Master, and Doctoral programs in education. He has authored many teacher reference books and textbooks in all areas of curriculum development: the arts, drama, literacy, and media. From 2008 to 2012, he held the Elizabeth Thorn Research Chair of the Centre for Literacy at the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University.

An internationally respected authority on education, David has addressed educators and parents across Canada and around the world. He has won many awards for his classroom teaching, for his contributions to the teaching of reading and the arts in education, and for his books for young people, and has been awarded honorary lifetime memberships in educational drama organizations in Canada, the United States, and England.

Larry Swartz

Larry Swartz is an instructor in literacy and dramatic arts at OISE, University of Toronto. He has been an educator for 40 years and is well known for his use of children’s literature to help young people grow as readers, writers, and citizens of the world. As a classroom teacher, consultant, author, and speaker, Larry has shared his enthusiasm and expertise with teachers, administrators, teacher-librarians, and parents throughout Canada, the United States, and Asia. He is the author of several publications for teachers, including Dramathemes, 4th edition, Creating Caring Classrooms, with Kathleen Gould Lundy, and “This Is a Great Book!” with Shelley Stagg Peterson. Along with David Booth, Larry co-edited the poetry anthology The Bully, The Bullied, The Bystander, The Brave.

Among the many awards Larry has received are OISE’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and the IRA’s Jennie Mitchell Celebrate Literacy Award.


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