YA Brochure cover jpegWe are pleased to share our new guide “Ralph & Piggy, Meet the Wilder Girls,” which outlines the benefits of pairing young adult novels with classics in the classroom.

Teens want—and need—to read books that truly reflect our diverse societies and, even more importantly, our struggles. Contemporary young adult novels cover a variety of issues, and their use in conjunction with classic texts can highlight the universality of the human experience.

“Pairing core texts with books featuring YA voices through book clubs, literature circles, and independent reading provides chances for contemporary voices to enter the classroom conversation, allowing for comparative analyses in writing, sketch notes, and other creative assignments that explore thematic landscapes,” writes English teacher Kim Herzog, whose introduction to the guide highlights her own positive experiences pairing YA and classic novels as part of her curriculum. “Integrating YA breathes new life into curricula, allowing for added opportunities to engage even the most reticent learners.”

Click here to view and download a PDF of the guide.

Inspired by the magical relationship between gripping storytelling and the roar of the campfire, we encourage you to check out the Campfire Graphic Novels series. This new series features classic novels, such as Frankenstein and Alice in Wonderland, transformed into beautifully illustrated, dynamic graphic novels. The series includes original stories and biographies, and adaptations of myth and legends from around the world featuring some of the finest writers and artists.

Teacher Chris Wilson of the award-winning The Graphic Classroom blog highly recommends the Campfire Graphic Novel series saying, “They do what they are intended to do and do it in a way that excites kids about classic literature.”

Click here to read the full review.

Check out the video of Chris’ students discussing their favorites!