Category Archives: Books

Outdoor Art with Heart

Heartfelt messages to neighbors and neighborhood heroes have brightened many of today’s pandemic city views.  Drawing with chalk, kids have decorated sidewalks, driveways, and even walls with scenes and words to celebrate people and events such as birthdays and graduations.  … Continue reading

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Asian – American Heroes, Hopes, and Hurts

This is an important time to look at graphic works depicting Asian-American heroes, hopes, and hurts. The Covid-19 pandemic has spread some virulent ideas along with its deadly virus. Once-common stereotypes and fears about Asian–Americans, in particular Chinese-Americans, have flared … Continue reading

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And the Winner Is

What a thrill!  Jerry Craft’s graphic novel New Kid (2019) recently won the prestigious 2019 Newbery Medal for the year’s “most distinguished contribution to children’s literature.”  With this award, the American Library Association placed graphic literature fully in the mainstream … Continue reading

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On Fire

Blazing sights and sounds dominate the news.  Very young readers may have “tuned out” the U.S. impeachment firestorms, but the vivid, heartrending images of Australia’s animals burned in that country’s worst-ever firestorm season are unforgettable.  These wildfires sparked just as … Continue reading

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In Season and Beyond

November 1 . . . Is it too late now for a great Halloween-based book?  Similarly, once this November’s national Native American Heritage Month is over, will it seem out-of-step to read about our country’s first peoples?  And just how … Continue reading

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The Anne Frank Industry

I was ready, site open and fingers poised, to purchase those “hot” on-line  tickets, going on sale precisely at noon.  One fumble and then . . . success!  I had snagged our spots—tickets we would use exactly two months later, … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of Anne Frank

They were the hardest sets of stairs to climb.  Last month in Amsterdam, I visited the Anne Frank House  , since 1979 a museum commemorating that famous young victim of the Holocaust.  Through the diary she left (and its later incarnations as … Continue reading

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Some “Tree-mendous” Books

Every day—not just Earth Day (April 22) or Arbor Day (April 26)–should be “tree-mendous.”  I reached this conclusion as world-wide student protests about climate change overlapped last month with my reading of novelist Richard Powers’ The Overstory (2018).  Powers’ epic work about the fabulous … Continue reading

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Celebrating a New Year

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. These words from a Tennyson poem are one traditional New Year’s … Continue reading

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Graphic Content! The Culture of Comic Books (Compass Point Books, 2010)

Donald Duck in Sweden? Teenage superheroes with everyday problems?  People imprisoned or executed for creating comic books?  The life of Buddha honored in a graphic novel?  Get ready to be astonished by the pop culture blaze kept alive today by … Continue reading

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