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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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Diversity: The December Dilemma and Beyond

The month of December has long foregrounded issues of diversity in multicultural countries.  As Christmas approaches in predominantly Christian countries, how do we acknowledge the presence and holidays of other religious groups?  Some non-Christian parents even call the problems raised … Continue reading

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To End All Wars

It was called the “war to end all wars.”   Yet this month—marking the 100th anniversary of the first battles of World War I (1914 to 1918)—brings new headlines and sound bites about wars and battles.  Images of wounded children, weary … Continue reading

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Faces of Labor: Family Albums, Library Shelves

This Labor Day I am thinking of my mother . . . . In a 1940s photograph, her womanly face glows with confidence. She sits at a dinner table with a handful of men, their suits and ties matching her … Continue reading

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Sharp Objects and Sharper Kids: Redefining Heroism

What does it take to be a hero? In comics, physical daring and superpowers are typically needed. Spiderman broke new ground in the 1960s when teen Peter Parker realized that “with great power there must also come great responsibility.” Parker had … Continue reading

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