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March: Book Two

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The cover for March Book Two has been revealed by Top Shelf Productions! Slated for an early 2015 release, the sequel to John Lewis’ bestselling graphic novel will be significantly longer than book one, covering events from 1961-1963. The memoir will contain the famous journey of the Freedom Riders and John Lewis’ involvement in helping plan and lead the 1963 March on Washington (both of which are depicted on the cover).

For more information visit the publisher’s website.

CBLDF “Banned Books Handbook”

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Gearing up for Banned Books Week (September 21-27), the CBLDF has created a free resource that gives an in-depth list of graphic novels that have been banned along with the reason why. The handbook also explains how to report and fight censorship. This is a perfect tool for both librarians and teachers in preparation for Banned Books Week celebrations.

They have also created discussion guides for educators who would like to use banned comics in their teaching. Each guide includes: synopsis, themes, reason challenged, suggested age range, as well as discussion questions and activities to get students talking about the controversial topics in a thought-provoking way.

Summer Reading 2014

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Summer Reading 2014 is underway! This year’s theme is all about science. Looking for something to read? Check out these science related titles!






The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

Eleven-year-old Julian Calendar thought changing schools would mean leaving his “nerdy” persona behind, but instead he forms an alliance with fellow inventors Greta and Ben and works with them to prevent an adult from using one of their gadgets for nefarious purposes.






Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke: 

When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home. 





Baby Mouse: Mad Scientist by Jennifer L Holm:

Imaginative Babymouse’s science partner, Felicia the cat, expects her to do all of the work for their report on microscopic creatures, but Babymouse gets help from a pizza-loving amoeba named Squish.







  How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial by Darryl Cunningham:

Is hydro-fracking really safe? Is climate change real? Did the moon landing really happen? How about evolution: fact or fiction? Author-illustrator Darryl Cunningham looks at these and other hot-button science topics and presents a fact-based, visual assessment of current thinking and research on eight different issues everybody’s arguing about.




 T-Minus: The Race to the Moon by Jim Ottaviani

The whole world followed the countdown to sending the first men to the moon. This is the story of the people who made it happen, both in the rockets and behind the scenes.




Hinterkind Vol 1: The Waking World by Ian Edginton

In a post-apocalyptic world where humans have been pushed to the edge of extinction by the creatures of fantasy and fables, THE HINTERKIND tells the story of one young woman’s quest to fulfill her destiny and put the world right again. Fifty-seven years after an unspecified biological event has all but wiped out the human race, a green hand has moved over the face of the Earth. Mother Nature is reclaiming what’s rightfully hers but she’s not the only one… The Hinterkind have returned.





  Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker discovers he is the only male left in the world after a plague instantly kills everyone with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey and the mysterious Agent 355, he embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his girlfriend and to discover why he is the last man in earth.




Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Tells the history of the race to build and the decision to drop the first atomic bomb, and the ethical debates that followed. The author sets the stage with early research in Europe, which began prior to World War I and accelerated rapidly as World War II approached.



  Lazarus. Book One, Family by Greg Rucka

In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus.

Banned Books Week 2014

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The American Library Association (ALA), with the national Banned Books Week planning committee, announced on Wednesday that this year’s Banned Books Week’s theme will focus on comics and graphic novels. Banned Book’s Week is a celebration of the right to read and intellectual freedom. Comics and graphic novels have often been a target of censorship even in recent years. In fact, the Bones series by Jeff Smith was in the top 10 for most frequently challenged books of 2013.  The week long celebration runs this year from September 21-September 27.

You can find more information about Banned Books Week at and

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund also has an excellent write up on Banned Books Week 101!

Diversify Your Graphic Novels

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The grassroots organization WeNeedDiverseBooks has been inspiring conversation around the internet about why it’s important to include books featuring diverse characters in the stories that we, as librarians and educators, promote and use in our curriculum. Here are a few graphic novel titles that feature a diversity of main characters and cultural experiences that are worth having on your radar:


a + e 4ever by Ilike Merey: 

Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high school he’s developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner, a fellow artist and a best friend, she’s starting to wonder if Ash is ever going to see all of her.  





American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang:

Maps the adolescent Chinese-American experience through three separate but interwoven stories. One story centres on Jin Wang, a Chinese-American student at an all-white California high school. Next is a comic update of the legendary story of the Monkey King. Finally, there’s the stereotype of Chin-Kee, the ultimate negative Chinese cliche.




  Marbles: mania, depression, and Michelangelo by Ellen Forney:

Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic but terrified that medications would cause her to lose her creativity and livelihood, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability without losing herself or her passion. Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the “crazy artist,” Ellen found inspiration from the lives and work of other artist and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath.



 Princeless by Jeremy Whitley

Follow the adventures of Princess Adrienne, a princess who’s tired of waiting to be rescued. Along with her guardian dragon, Sparky, they begin their own quest in an all-ages action adventure designed specifically for those who are tired of waiting to be rescued — and who are ready to save themselves.





Saga by Brian K Vaughan

The sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old world.





The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

Eleven-year-old Julian Calendar thought changing schools would mean leaving his “nerdy” persona behind, but instead he forms an alliance with fellow inventors Greta and Ben and works with them to prevent an adult from using one of their gadgets for nefarious purposes.



 Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Novel Collection

This graphic anthology of Native American trickster tales brings together Native American folklore and the world of comics. More than twenty Native American tales are adapted into comic form. Each story is written by a different Native American storyteller who worked closely with a selected illustrator, giving each tale a unique and powerful voice and look.

To join in the conversation, you can find WeNeedDiverseBooks on Tumblr and Twitter and also find others participating on multiple social media platforms with the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks.