Graphic Novels are here to stay.
Graphic Novels have become an integral part of children’s literature.
2015, the Newbery Honor Book was awarded to El Deafo by Cece Bell, and the following year, the Honor Book went to, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. After these books received the accolades merited, graphic novels, for teens and middle-grade readers, have been embraced as a true mark of distinguished work of writing for children. Graphic novels are not a substitute or will take over Newbery completely; what we see occurring is another medium in how stories for children are brought to life.
What an excellent time this is for graphic novels, there are three that are getting high praise they deserve. The following titles are varied group from modern to historical stories.
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Queen of the Sea by Meconis
White Bird by R.J. Palacio
These books are influential and captivating storytelling beautiful illustrations with strong lead characters.
White Bird is the newest title of all three, and it is without a doubt worth reading. Let’s talk about these three titles or other graphic novels I may have omitted.
About Annisha Jeffries
Annisha Jeffries is the head of the youth services department at Cleveland Public Library. She was a member of the 2007 ALSC Board and served on several selection committees, including the 2018 Caldecott Committee. A 2000-2001 Spectrum Scholarship recipient, Jeffries is currently the Chair of the Norman A, Sugarman Children's Biography Award. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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