If only Manga Math had existed when I struggled through Calculus. The only solace at that time was the introduction of the high tech (for its era) graphing calculator.
Luckily, students today do not have to struggle without vivid, informative, and engaging graphics to guide them through almost every STEM related subject imaginable, from the trickiest math conundrum to learning about string theory. Here are some of our favorites for students in Grades K-12...
STEM Graphic Series
Manga Guide to... Graphic nonfiction guides to a range of science and math subjects including statistics, physics, electricity, and linear algebra. These guides work for grades 6 and up; many guides are also great tools for adult learners—if only they had a 'Manga Guide to Doing Your Taxes'....
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas: nonfiction biography about Louis Leakey's 'Angels'—the three women sent out to study chimps, gorillas, and orangutans, and whose research changed much of what we know of primate behavior. Also includes little known facts about life in the field—Leakey insisted that they all have their appendix removed before travel; Galdikas refused—and luckily her appendix never burst.
Meanwhile : a choose your own math adventure... that kids actually like? Yes!
Need more reasons? The new Common Core State Standards call for students to learn topics in greater depth, exploring topics from multiple angles -- including using multiple formats and range of texts, such as graphic novels. Want to know more about using Comics and Graphic Novels in a Common Core-aligned classroom? Check out the presentation NYPL participated in for New York Comic Con 2013, 'Comics and the Common Core.'
Check out our full booklist of STEM Comics on Bibliocommons