Category Archives: hybrid books

Great Graphic Gifts

Giving “experiences” rather than “things” is a trend this winter holiday season, making graphic literature a fashionable, two-for-one joy for the tween-and-up readers on your gift list.  They can hold a volume in their hands, actively scanning between text and … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Middle School

Babymouse is growing up!   I recently learned that the perky heroine of twenty graphic novels for young kids started this school year as a middle schooler.   Yet the safe haven that school provides this fantasy character is not what students actually … Continue reading

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Teachable Moments

Now that it is summer vacation time in North America, more of our young people’s teachable moments will take place outside of school.  Graphic works can play a part in the lessons they learn—especially in areas often given shorter shrift … Continue reading

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The Marvels and Pleasures of Rereading

I am smiling as I sit down today to share thoughts inspired by The Marvels (2015), the newest beautiful book by award-winning author/illustrator Brian Selznick. The Marvels continues the hybrid format—interspersing pages of prose with pages of wordless visual narrative—that … Continue reading

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