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Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

I’m not sure how I was made aware of this graphic novel, but it was an obvious choice once I saw it. I wish I could sort my library catalog by publisher because First Second (who published this book) has a lot of interesting graphic novels.

Published: 2017

Genre: fantastical graphic novel

Length: 166 pages

Setting: it felt like California, and parts of India, present day Continue reading


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Relish by Lucy Knisley

I saw this graphic novel at the library and picked it up. It looked a bit different from the typical fantastical story told in graphic novel.

Subtitle: My Life in the Kitchen

Published: 2013

Genre: graphic novel nonfiction memoir

Length: 173 pages

Setting: various places within the U.S., 1960s to the present Continue reading

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Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

I picked this book up because we enjoyed The Tea Dragon Society so much. I basically just put O’Neill’s name into my library database and looked for any other books she had (preferably the next Tea Dragon Society book, but it isn’t out yet).

Published: 2016

Genre: fairy tale graphic novel

Length: 56 pages

Setting: a standard medieval world with fantastical creatures like unicorns and dragons Continue reading

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The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

I’m not sure how this title came to my attention, but being both a tea lover and a dragon lover, I knew as soon as I saw the title that I would have to get the book.

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade fantasy graphic novel

Length: 72 pages

Setting: a small town in a newly industrializing society (based on the fact the characters lament people don’t have time for the traditional things like swords anymore) Continue reading

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Snow White by Matt Phelan

I saw this at the library and picked it up because it was a graphic novel.

Published: 2016

Genre: graphic novel fiction

Font: Futura

Length: 216 pages

Setting: New York City, 1928
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Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield

I picked this graphic novel up at the library just because it was written by Scott Westerfield.

Artist: Alex Puvilland

Colors: Hilary Sycamore

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction graphic novel

Length: 212 pages

Setting: near Po’Town (some random, U.S. city in the woods), near future Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #35: Diversity for the Kids

I’ve got a variety of middle grade and YA books to add to my kids’ reading lists. Quite a few are specifically diverse voices for something a little different.

I’ll start off with a big collection of graphic novels provided by CommonSense Media. We’ve read most of the books up through about the 9+ age group, and this list recommends all the way to 16+, so there’s plenty of books for us to grow into, like Foiled or Boxers & Saints.

For some diversity and more words than graphic novels, I’ve got a few options for the kids. Who am I kidding – I want to read most of these as well. They may end up being read alouds, so we can all read the book at the same time.

The first book came from a GeekDad post on cultural diversity is The Gauntlet by Karuna Riaza. It’s a newly published book (March, 2017) that was described as steampunk Jumanji. Sounds like a fun read to me.

My mother-in-law brought my attention to the next book – Refugee by Alan Gratz. Interestingly, The Hub ran a post on immigrants and refugees the next week that recommended this book. This is the story of three refugees, one from Nazi Germany, one from Castro’s Cuba, and one from modern-day Syria. It’s written for a slightly younger audience than most of the YA literature about refugees, so it should still be appropriate for Miss Adventure.

The Hub also brought my attention to Kwame Alexander’s new book – Solo. It is his typical book in verse, although the main character is a bit older than we saw in Booked or The Crossover. Apparently, it makes a great audiobook that Alexander reads himself. I’ve read the other books to the kids. Maybe, we all need to listen to the author read it.

One last book, and this one from Modern Mrs. Darcy. She had a post on diverse books/own voices as a category in her reading challenge for the year. I just glanced through the list, since I’m not looking for anything specific to read. However, I happened to see the description to Out of My Mind by Susan Draper. What caught my eye was the fact that her kids pushed her to read the book, and it was perfect for people who loved Wonder. That is a perfect recommendation for us!

And those are the books I’m adding to my kids’ reading lists. Anything strike your fancy? Anything else to recommend?

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