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Favorite graphic novels of 2019

December 28, 2019

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Two columnists from the NY Times Book Review have written a column this week on their favorite graphic novels of this year. Two of the titles reviewed are for young readers: Guts and White Bird. Guts is an autobiographical memoir about dealing with anxiety, written by Raina Telgemeier and is a wildly popular read for children. The other, White Bird is penned by R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder, and is her first graphic novel. It concerns a Jewish girl in France in hiding during the Holocaust. Check them out for a good read…

Best Children's Books of 2019

December 15, 2019

If you’re in need of some last-minute holiday gifts for children big and small, you might like to check out School Library Journal‘s lists of the “best” children’s books of the year. You’ll find great picture books, middle grade novels, nonfiction, and more.,Best%20Of,Best%20Books

Mock Newbery titles

December 11, 2019

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The children’s librarians of Rockland County have chosen their titles for the Mock Newbery discussion on January 14 at Valley Cottage Library. They are as follows:
New Kid by Jerry Craft; The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart; Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Sark-McGinnis; Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt; Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds and Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. Stay tuned for the winner to be announced on 1/14/20!



October 6, 2019

indexRaina Telgemeier’s latest novel Guts,  received a very favorable review in this week’s NY Times Book Review. It deals with childhood anxiety, and is autobiographical, as revealed in the review and protagonist In fact, the author of the review states that reading Guts caused his feelings to arise about his own anxiety at the same age as the character. It’s comforting to know that there are authors brave enough to share their own vulnerabilities with young readers, in the hope that they will find some kindred spirits and realize that they are not alone with their struggles…


September 23, 2019

Graphic novelist Jen Wang’s excellent new children’s book tells the story of an unlikely friendship. Christine plays violin and dutifully attends after-school Chinese class. Moon, also part of the local Taiwanese American community, paints her toenails blue and spends her free time sketching and dancing to her favorite K-pop bands. Their friendship expands their worlds and makes the girls bolder, even as calamity strikes.

This richly detailed story will appeal to a wide range of readers, including those who aren’t normally drawn to graphic novels. Highly recommended for upper elementary school readers.

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