School Librarians: Apply Now for Our Free Sets of Comic Books

Are you a secondary school librarian interested in comics and graphic novels?

Scottish Book Trust is looking for creative and dynamic librarians to take part in its Dive Into Comics project. We have sets of twenty different graphic novels to gift to librarians who want to inspire pupils to read and/or write during the autumn term.

What’s included in the set?

The set of 20 graphic novels has been selected with the help of Little Shop of Heroes. They range from superhero comics like Batgirl of Burnside and Huck to coming-of-age stories such as Giant Days and Plutona. LGBTQ+ characters are represented in titles like Taproot and Lumberjanes. Your pupils can revel in the silliness of Dungeon Fun or explore the melancholy beauty of Mooncop. We hope this selection has something for everyone!

How to apply for a set

Just email kelsey.jubin@scottishbooktrust.com, telling us:

  • Why you’re so enthusiastic about comics, or interested in discovering more about them;
  • How you would hope to use the comics to inspire pupils to read and write.

We know it can be difficult to say exactly how your plans might unfold – things can change over time. Don’t worry – we’re just looking for your ideas and enthusiasm at this stage!

What we need you to do

We’ll send you the comics before the start of the school term in August 2018, as well as links to some of our resources for ideas and inspiration. After that, all you need to do is get in touch with us during October 2018 to tell us how you’ve been using the comics. We’d like to publish some case studies ahead of Book Week Scotland 2018, so we might ask you to write a 400-600 word blog post to tell others about what you’ve been doing.

There’s no pressure to deliver a large-scale, complex project! Just do whatever you think will help to get your pupils reading and/or writing. Here are a few suggestions if you’re looking for inspiration:

  • Set up a comic book group in your library, or introduce the comics into your regular book group
  • Pupils can write their own comics, or adapt a scene from a novel into comic format – you can use our resource to help with this
  • Pupils can create displays or recommendation bookmarks to inspire others to read the comics
  • Pupils can write a blog post for our site reviewing some of the comics – check out our Pupils Recommend blog series for previous examples of this
  • Invite a comic creator into your library to visit your pupils – why not apply to our Live Literature programme to help fund this? Please note that our current round of Live Literature will fund writer visits to take place between January and April 2019. 

Deadline

Get your applications to us by Friday 22 June and you’ll be considered for one of the sets. We’re really looking forward to hearing your ideas!

About Little Shop of Heroes

Little Shop of Heroes is an independent comic shop based in Dunfermline. The team organises the annual Dunfermline Comic Con and runs the Books for Schools charity, which supplies books to local school libraries. 

Terms and conditions

Please note this offer is only open to school librarians in Scotland.

Image by Alan Peebles