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October 23, 2014

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Review: Sisters

Review: Sisters

Sixth and seventh grade students are always asking me for another book by Raina Telgemeier. They want the “next one,” not realizing that with the exception of her Babysitter Club adaptations, her books are stand-alones. They also don’t realize that it takes an awfully long time to write and draw a full length-graphic novel! But [...]

July Starred Reviews

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Ben Franklin makes a splash, Hervé Tullet mixes it up, and Mo Willems makes new friends in the July stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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BEA Buzz: Five graphic novels to look forward to this year

BEA Buzz: Five graphic novels to look forward to this year

I dropped in on Book Expo America, the annual book trade show, on Friday, and I was impressed by the graphic novel presence there. Two of the rock stars of the show were Raina Telgemeier, who was signing advance copies of Sisters, and Jeff Kinney, who has a new Wimpy Kid school planner (yes, I [...]

Illustrators Share Their Storied Lives | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Real life, childhood, and relationships often serve as the inspiration for the titles on our bookshelves, and during the “Storied Lives” panel at SLJ’s Day of Dialog on May 28, we find out from the authors/illustrators the fascinating stories behind the stories.

Kids’ and teens’ graphic novels dominate end of the year charts

Kids’ and teens’ graphic novels dominate end of the year charts

Every year, comics retailer Brian Hibbs writes a lengthy and informative article on graphic novel sales, based on BookScan figures for the entire year. He posted this year’s column last week, and while he makes a lot of good points, I want to pick out the one that’s most relevant to this blog: The top [...]

Pictures of the Week: Graphic Novelists Entertain at Author Breakfast | AASL 2013

Graphic novelists (l. to r.) Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matt Holm, Jenni Holm, Faith Erin Hicks, and  Raina Telgemeier closed off the AASL Conference in their pajamas.

The American Association of School Librarians’s 16th National Conference closed with an author-led breakfast that featured bestselling children’s graphic novels creators Faith Erin Hicks, Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Jarrett Krosoczka, and Raina Telgemeier—dressed in pajamas.