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Cooperative Collection Development -- CCD: Manga, Manhwa, Light Novels, & More: East Asian Popular Culture

• The School Library System (SLS) Cooperative Collection Development Plan is developed as part of the resource sharing component of the plan of service.

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Sora Titles

Yona of the Dawn

A red-haired princess loses her family and her kingdom—now she must rise and fight for her throne!

Witch Hat Atelier

A beautifully-illustrated story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be.


Kaboku Kotani is starting high school, and he plans to do what he’s always done: go along with his friends, keep quiet, and not to draw too much attention to himself. After all, it’s hard enough to get by with a stutter like his—why make things worse by standing out from the crowd? But then he sees another first-year, Hikari Wanda, dancing like no one is watching—or like she doesn’t care who sees her. It makes Kaboku wonder: Could he reach that same freedom? To find his way to Wanda, he does something he never thought he could: He joins the dance club. After all, every routine begins with a single step, right?

Drawing Anime Faces and Feelings

Big facial expressions are essential to anime and manga. They can be much more eloquent than printed words for getting an emotional response out of viewers. However, faces can be challenging. With this book, improve your anime-drawing skills with instruction for facial features and expressions for a wide variety of ages, character types, hair styles and activities. With 800 different facial expressions, you'll be able to draw your character in any emotional situation or with any reaction.

The Apothecary Diaries

In the East is a land ruled by an emperor, whose consorts and serving women live in a sprawling complex known as the hougong, the rear palace. Maomao, an unassuming girl raised in an unassuming town by her apothecary father, never imagined the rear palace would have anything to do with her—until she was kidnapped and sold into service there.

Though she looks ordinary, Maomao has a quick wit, a sharp mind, and an extensive knowledge of medicine. That’s her secret, until she encounters a resident of the palace at least as perceptive as she is: the head eunuch, Jinshi. He sees through Maomao’s façade and makes her a lady-in-waiting to none other than the Emperor’s favorite consort... so she can taste the lady’s food for poison!

At her lady’s side, Maomao starts to learn about everything that goes on in the rear palace—not all of it seemly. Can she ever lead a quiet life, or will her powers of deduction and insatiable curiosity bring her ever more adventures, and ever more dangers?

How This Collection Is Used in My School

Students utilize this CCD to access manga, manhwa, and light novel titles for our Manga Book Club and further enrichment in our Anime Club. There are also titles that go more in-depth into pop culture for Japan, Korea, and China for research purposes. The collection also offers multilingual learners access to high-interest titles.

Curator info

Ashley Hawkins, Campus Librarian

Tilden Campus Library

5800 Tilden Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11203


Titles in the Citywide Digital Library

Snapshot of the collection in Sora.

Click the image above to browse this CCD collection in Sora. 

Websites of Interests

  • Manga Plus: Read the latest manga straight from Japan, legally and for free! A website direct from Japanese publishers, this site is a great way to get a sneak peak at what will be popular next.
  • Unseen Japan: A site covering news stories about Japanese culture.
  • Mangasplaining: A podcast covering manga in-depth with analysis and cultural contexts.
  • Yatta-Tachi: A manga review site that also includes information about new releases.
  • Anime News Network: The ultimate resource for all things anime, manga, and more!
  • Manga Librarian:  Collection development guidance on manga, manhwa, light novels, and more for librarians. (This site is run by the CCD curator in her free time.)
  • Manga in the Middle: Middle School focused reviews and guidance from Julie Stivers.
  • The Graphic Library: Extensive reviews and guidance of manga and graphic novels from Sara Smith.
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