A Leeds City College tutor has won a second publishing contract to create a series of comic books for low level reading.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutor, Jennie Cole, was awarded the contract by Gatehouse Books, who specialise in literacy, numeracy and ESOL reading material. She created the books after seeing a gap in the market for adult foundation reading material.

The contract follows Jennie’s initial comic book series that was launched two years ago. The collection follows characters Liz and Joe who are involved in everyday activities that the reader will be familiar with. 

Jennie said: “I storyboarded the books in a comic book format as a fun way to build vocabulary around daily life. Students enjoy following the characters, seeing different aspects of their lives and comparing everyday situations with their own. I particularly enjoyed taking photographs for the books and series 1 was so much fun that I wanted to continue to build on the characters for series 2.”

Image removed.Titles in the new series include Liz Gets a Gas Bill, Joe Buys a New Jumper and Liz Turns 50. 

Jennie added: “As a teenager, I read the 'Jackie' photo story magazines and these inspired me to write in a comic book style. If a picture paints a thousand words, then the Liz and Joe books, all with full colour photos, help to promote literacy and offer adult appropriate themes, rather than stories aimed at children. Readers are already familiar with the everyday themes of getting a gas bill through the post or going round the shops to buy a new jumper, so can engage with the Liz and Joe stories from the beginning.”

The reading books are available to buy from the Gatehouse Books website and copies have been donated to Leeds Central Library. 

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