In a recent article for American Libraries Magazine, Jesse Karp effectively makes the case for graphic novels in education:

Perhaps we’re past the point of having to explain that graphic novels, with their knack for attracting reluctant readers and hitting developmental sweet spots, have a legitimate place on library shelves. Perhaps. But what about the idea that graphic novels encompass such a wide range of themes and create such layered experiences through word and art that they actually belong in classrooms?

There’s even a sample lesson plan for Shaun Tan’s modern classic The Arrival! Full article here.