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Charge: To select a recommended reading list of graphic novels designed for children of Texas, grades K-5, from books published in the years prior to and the year of the list being published and to annotate said list.

Purpose of the List: The Texas Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List (TLMGNRL) is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Children’s Round Table (CRT). The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades K-5 to explore a variety of current graphic novels. The TLMGNRL is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies. For the purpose of the committee, graphic novels are defined to include trade compilations and original works published in a sequential art format. Such titles should incorporate acceptable literary and artistic quality with effectiveness of presentation.       

Target Audience: The list is prepared for use by students in grades K-5 and annotations will be written to attract young readers.


SELECTION CRITERIA

Nomination criteria:

  • The content of the book must be relevant to readers in grades K-5.
  • The book must be relevant in subject, language and age.  
  • The book must have literary merit and wide appeal.
  • The TLMGNRL (Lil’ Mavs) is intended for recreational reading and not to be restricted to supporting a specific curriculum. The list as a whole seeks balance in genre, gender appeal, interest, subject, and difficulty.

Books selected for the TLMGNRL will:

  • Reflect an integration of images and words. 
  • Exhibit clarity of visual flow on the page. 
  • Contain images that convey necessary meaning. 
  • Contain outstanding quality of the artwork's reproduction.
  • Contain some narrative that is enhanced by the artwork
  • Contain quality artwork to convey the story (wordless or nearly wordless)
  • Be comprised of narrative dominated by sequential art component – at least 50% sequential art.

Eligibility:

  • Books published in the year prior to and the year of the publication of the list.
  • Books with published scholarly reviews or peer reviews are preferred; however, books for which there are no reviews available may be considered at the discretion of the committee.
  • A previous nomination that has been voted on may not be reconsidered.  
  • Though graphic novels need not be published in the United States, they must be widely available for purchase in the U.S. at the time of consideration.  Reissues will be considered if there has been significant change to the original content of the work since first issued. Whether or not the changes are significant enough is ultimately determined by the Chair.  
  • Collections of comic strips will be considered only if they contain an overarching storyline.  

The Graphic Novels Elementary Reading List Committee will follow the following policy guidelines:

Committee Members: The TLMGNRL Committee shall be comprised of the Chair, advisor (past-chair), eight members, and a non-voting administrative assistant who are members of the Children’s Round Table.  Ex-officio, non-voting members shall be the Texas Library Association (TLA) Executive Director and a liaison from the TLA Executive Board, who shall be appointed by the TLA President.

Qualifications:

  1. Members shall be appointed by the CRT Chair-Elect from a list of CRT volunteers.
  2. Committee members and the administrative assistant shall serve three-year staggered terms to commence at the close of the Annual Conference of TLA.
  3. A TLMGNRL Committee member must be a current member of CRT throughout their term of appointment, must work directly with children in grades K-5 throughout their term of appointment, and must not currently be affiliated with an author, illustrator, or publisher in any capacity that might interfere with the integrity of the committee.
  4. Members may not serve two consecutive terms as committee members but may be appointed Chair.
  5. If a committee member cannot serve out the full term, the CRT Chair will appoint a replacement from a list of CRT volunteers to serve the remainder of the term of office.

TMGNRL Committee Responsibilities:

  1. Guide and direct the educational focus of the TLMGNRL Program.
  2. Prepare a selected reading list for the TLMGNRL Program, based on nominations submitted to the committee.
  3.  Monitor the production and distribution of the TLMGNRL list.
  4. Assist in monitoring the use of the TLMGNRL trademark/logo and apprise the TLA Executive Board of any known infringements associated with its use.
  5. Attend all meetings. Members who are not able to attend all meetings may be asked to resign their position.
  6. Participate in the function of the committee. Members will be asked to make nominations and to read all nominated books. Those who are not able to do so may be asked to resign their position.
  7. Submit employment verification form signed by principal or supervisor.
  8. Present book talks during the Annual Conference.
  9. One member will be elected secretary to take minutes and provide copies of minutes for each meeting.
  10. One member will be asked to volunteer to organize the volunteers at the Annual Conference booth.

Administrative Assistant: A volunteer administrative assistant will be chosen by the CRT Chair-Elect for a three-year term. The administrative assistant maintains contact with the publishing companies, submits special book requests to the publishers, disseminates the final list to the publishers and to the CRT electronic distribution list, sends field nominations from the website to the chair, and other such duties assigned by the Committee Chair. The administrative assistant is a non-voting member of the Committee.

Chair: The Chair is appointed by the CRT Chair-Elect for a two-year term and, as such, has the right to vote and to enter into discussion of titles. It should be understood, however, that the primary responsibility of the Chair is facilitator of the Committee's charge, including all business matters. The Chair should only discuss a title after other committee members have had an opportunity to speak so as not to unduly influence the decision.

Qualifications:

  1. The TLMGNRL Committee Chair is selected from past or present members of the TLMGNRL Committee.
  2. The TLMGNRL Committee Chair must be a current member of CRT, must work directly with children from grades K-5, and must not be currently under contract or employed by a publishing company in any capacity that might interfere with the integrity of this committee.
  3. The TLMGNRL Committee Chair shall serve a two-year term.
  4. If the TLMGNRL Committee Chair cannot serve out the full term, the CRT Chair shall appoint an interim Chair to serve the remainder of the term of office.

Responsibilities:

  1. Guide and direct the educational focus of the TLMGNRL Program.
  2. Review the goals, objectives, guidelines, policies, and procedures of the TLMGNRL Committee and recommend improvements in the general operation of the program total and CRT Executive Boards.
  3. Attend the TLA Annual Conference, the TLA Annual Assembly, CRT Executive Board meetings, and the voting TLMGNRL Committee meetings.  In lieu of meeting at Annual Assembly, the Committee Chair may choose to conduct committee work via electronic means.
  4. Maintain/update the TLMGNRL Program “Manual of Policy and Procedures” and make it available upon request.
  5. Schedule meetings, plan agendas, oversee the preparation and dissemination of meeting minutes, etc.
  6. Monitor the use of the TLMGNRL trademark/logo and keep the TLA Executive Board apprised of any known infringements associated with its use.
  7. Publish and maintain nominations, and submit the updated nomination list to the committee members and the CRT webmaster for posting on the TLA website.

TLA Responsibilities:

  1. The TLA Executive Board will monitor the use of the TLMGNRL trademark/logo and take legal action against infringements associated with its use. This board will also set the fee and guidelines for use of the trademark.
  2. The TLA Office will assist in the distribution of the TLMGNRL each year.

CRT Executive Board Responsibilities:

  1. Guide and direct the educational focus of the TLMGNRL.
  2. Review the goals, objectives, guidelines, policies and procedures of the TLMGNRL Program and make recommendations for program improvements. Even though this is a separate list, we need to include a formal way to keep in contact with the Maverick List. While we don’t need to follow each other, we ought to keep communication open.
  3. Communicate and collaborate with the Texas Bluebonnet Committee, 2x2 Committee, and Maverick Graphic Novel Committee concerning titles that overlap, promotion of the program and title recommendations.  
  4. Establish guidelines for the selection of TLMGNRL Committee members.
  5. Assist in monitoring the use of the TLMGNRL trademark/logo and apprise the TLA Executive Board of any known infringements associated with its use.

Discussing the List: The TLMGNRL committee meets during the TLA Annual Conference in the spring, TLA Annual Assembly in July (Austin) and in the fall to discuss the nominated books. In lieu of meeting at Annual Assembly, the Committee Chair may choose to conduct committee work via electronic means. 

After observer comments, the Chair will provide each book's nominator with the first opportunity to address that title if he/she so desires. The other members of the committee may be recognized by the chair to contribute to the discussion. Every nominated book is available for discussion. Committee members are asked to focus on the literary and artistic merits of the book, including audience, voice, point of view, genre and readability. The committee may choose to remove a book from the nomination list if it does not meet the committee’s standards.

Comments from Observers: All Committee meetings will be open to TLA members.

Before the committee discusses each nominated title, an opportunity will be given to observers to make short comments, no longer than one minute about the books, but the Chair reserves the right to cut short the discussion if necessary. Observers will not be allowed during the final voting process.

Publishers’ representatives are requested to refrain from participating in discussion or asking for comments about their own books.

Voting Procedures: Final selections are made at the fall meeting. After comments from observers and discussion by the committee members, a vote is taken to determine if a title should be included on the final list.

Observers will not be allowed during the final vote. A title must receive 6 of 9 votes in order to be on the final list.

After the final selection, members of the committee choose the books they will book talk at the Annual Conference. The member will annotate the titles he/she will be presenting and include an interest level -- K-2 or 3-5. These annotations must be submitted to the chair within 2 days of the final meeting.

Starred books: Titles with unanimous votes from the committee will be considered Starred Books and will be indicated as such on all publicity and TLMGNRL materials.

Availability of Lists for General Distribution: The list of nominations will be updated monthly. The cumulative list of nominations will be available electronically on the TLA website on a monthly basis. The list of nominations will also be sent to the CRT membership electronic distribution list. The final list of nominations will be available after October 1st.

Following its last meeting, the committee will provide the Children’s Round Table with the final annotated list of selected titles. The CRT webmaster will post the list to the TLA website. The chair will post the list to the CRT membership electronic distribution list, social media, and other distribution lists as appropriate. The administrative assistant will contact the publishers. The list will also be submitted to the Texas Library Journal and the TLACast.

Created on Mar 5, 2015 | Last updated October 04, 2017