Hi Kid Lit friends,
I am under so many deadlines right now! After spending most of my Sunday reviewing copy edits and finalizing illustrations for the next (and final!) Vanderbeekers book, I am grateful for a little time to talk to you all about the new graphic novels that are hitting shelves this spring.
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Reading Hammock by KomorebiCollection
One day, I will live in a house and have a bunch of hammocks just like this one. I can already see my whole family hanging out on the porch in these hammocks that look like the perfect reading spot. $70
Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrap the World: The Story of Two Groundbreaking Environmental Artists by G. Neri, illustrated by Elizabeth Haidle
This is the story of two artists who had a significant impact on the world through their incredible, large-scale art installations. They wrapped landmarks (and even islands!) in miles of fabric and turned heads in Central Park when large, orange flags dotted the pathways (I was there for that!). Whether you appreciated their art or thought it was strange, no one can dispute the effect they had on how we experience art.
Big Tree by Brian Selznick
Coming this Tuesday! In Brian Selznick’s highly anticipated next novel, the main characters are Sycamore seeds. Yep, you heard me right. Selznick has a wonderful way of bringing a story to life through his prose, gorgeous artwork, and unique storylines, and I am very excited to see what this new book is all about. Meryl Streep is narrating the audiobook!
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There are incredible graphic novels out this spring!
Parachute Kids by Betty C. Tang
Inspired by the author’s own experience as a parachute kid, Tang weaves a fascinating graphic novel about a family that moves to America from Taiwan. But what her parents don’t tell her is that they are returning to Taiwan…and the three kids are going to stay in California on their own. Can the kids keep it together and make a life for themselves all on their own?
Grace Needs Space! by Benjamin A. Wilgus and Rii Abrego
In this futuristic graphic novel, Grace is thrilled to escape her boring, plant-obsessed mother to visit her fun mom, Kendra, who lives on a faraway moon. But Kendra is so busy with work that Grace is left on her own, which means that Grace has to figure out the fun things to do on her own, whether Kendra likes it or not!
School Trip by Jerry Craft
In the companion to the Newbery Award-winning book New Kid, Jerry Craft puts together another fantastic graphic novel featuring Jordan, Drew, Liam, Maury, and their friends from Riverdale Academy Day School. They are heading to Paris, excited to experience a new city and culture. But when their guides are replaced at the last minute, their trip takes on a hilarious turn.
The Moth Keeper by K. O’Neill
This is another fantastic middle grade fantasy, brought to you by Eisner winner K. O’Neill. In this story, Anya is so excited to finally be a Moth Keeper, an important position that is integral to keeping her village alive. The lunar moths are necessary for making the Night-Lily flower, something the village needs. The illustrations are stunning and the story is powerful.
What are you reading these days?
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