Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Graphic Novels

Even though I am a children's librarian, and feel I should read EVERYTHING, I prefer middle grade fiction. I think this comes from my childhood when my dad would limit our library books even though I finished reading mine days before it was time to go back to the library. Therefore, I picked the thickest books I could find in the children's section.

I hadn't read many graphic novels, except the few that were nominated for SLJ's Battle of the Kids' Books and the elementary graphic selection from Junior Library Guild that I receive every month. However, as any librarian worth her salt, I have ordered plenty of them for my school library, and am familiar with lots of titles.  After reading Our Only May Amelia, I decided I had to read a Babymouse book so I bought Happy Birthday Babymouse.  Then I borrowed Raina Telgemeier's Smile and Drama from my 11-year old.  I enjoyed them so much that I preordered Sisters from my local Indie.  When I get it, I will be a reader first and a parent second because I intend to hide that book from my children and read it after their bedtime.

I found more great graphic novels at my public library:

I won two books in blog giveaways in one month. As such, it is time for, ahem, ahem, *My first blog giveaway!* In celebration of my discovery (as a reader) of graphic novels, I will give one graphic novel to three readers. Ways to win:

1. Tweet this link or retweet. Mention @sralph31 so I see your tweet.
2. Comment below.
3. Respond to my FB post.
4. Email me at

Your choices are below (note, if you choose Sisters, you will not receive your book until after it releases on August 26). You can put your choice in your tweet or email, or inform me if you win.  None of these float your boat; give me the title of a graphic novel I should add.  Good luck!  Contest ends on Friday, July 4th at 11:59 pm.  US and Canada only.

1 comment:

  1. I am SO excited about Sisters! My kids have eaten up Smile and Drama this year. I just spent a bunch of scholastic coupons on all kinds of graphic novels for next year.