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Monday, February 03, 2014

Libraries Love Cool D+Q

The Young Adult Library Services Association turned in their Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2014 List at the American Library Association midwinter meeting last week, and guess who made the cut?

First off: Gilbert Hernandez's Marble Season. Here's YALSA's capsule review of MS: "Growing up in 60's California, Huey reads comic books, tries to avoid bullies, and learns how to fit in on his block." AND! Also on the list was…

Shigeru Mizuki's Kitaro: "Kitaro helps the villagers of Japan fight against monsters called Yokai." 

YALSA is a wonderful organization of librarians whose mission is to make library services better and more accessible for teens aged 12 to 18, and they really work the graphic novel into their offerings as best they can. Thanks as always, YALSA!

Meanwhile, back in Canada, Chester Brown is offering up some book learning of his own. Get over to the Toronto Public Library's website, where he's February's "Who's Reading What" author. When you've clicked through, you may also recognize some praise for…

Peter Bagge's Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story! Chester sez:
"The engaging narrative charges through Sanger's fascinating life at sonic speed. This is a graphic novel and, as a cartoonist, I have to say that I have enormous respect for Bagge's storytelling technique. He knows how to engage and hold a reader's attention."

Be sure to check out (hoho) all the other interesting books Chester's suggested.

We <3 libraries!


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