by Laura Scott
From June 12th to August 25th, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will be conducting our 2017 Online Summer Reading Contest! This year’s theme is “Build a Better World!”
The contest will be broken down into three age categories and is open to all Erie County residents. For those interested in competing, here are a few recommended graphic novel reads:
Kids’ Graphic Novels:
1. The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home (Grade 3+) by Konami Kanata
Pet-loving readers will enjoy the lighthearted adventures of Chi the kitten, her human family, and their animal friends in this all-ages comics collection.
2. The Drawing Lesson (Grade 5+) by Mark Crilley
The Drawing Lesson is perfect for middle schoolers looking to improve their artistic skills. This Eisner-nominated instructional comic tells the story of David, a boy who learns about drawing techniques from an artist named Becky.
3. The Nameless City, & The Stone Heart (Grade 4+) by Faith Erin Hicks
The first two parts of this planned trilogy transports its readers to an Asia-inspired fantasy world, where a pair of young heroes struggle to overcome class divisions and social upheaval.
Teen Graphic Novels:
1. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Teenage misfit Anya Borzakovskaya finds a new friend from beyond the grave in this Eisner Award-winning graphic novel.
2. March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
March is a multiple award-winning trilogy based on Congressman John Lewis’s young life as a member of African-American Civil Rights Movement.
3. Your Lie in April by Naoshi Arakawa
This poignant manga series deals with themes of abuse, recovery, love and loss as seen though the eyes of two teenage musicians.
Adult Graphic Novels:
1. Astro City by Kurt Busiek
In Astro City, Eisner and Harvey award-winning author Kurt Busiek pays homage to the Silver Age of Comic Books. This series is great for those who want a more literary take on “old-school” superheroics.
2. A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories by Will Eisner
Will Eisner rawly depicts the lives of Jewish tenement dwellers in this classic four-story collection.
3. Monster by Naoki Urasawa
In this dark psychological thriller from master storyteller Naoki Urasawa, Dr. Kenzo Temna must clear his own name by pursuing a serial killer across post-reunification Germany.
Laura Scott is an adult and teen Outreach Librarian at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.