Tag Archives: World War II

Get Sets for the Holidays!

Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa—whichever winter holidays you celebrate, sets of graphic books make great, generous gifts for young readers.  Tweens in particular can take delight this holiday season not only in some sets already packaged by publishers but also … Continue reading

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After the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

What do we tell school-aged children who see, read, or hear news about this past weekend’s massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue?  You already may have had to deal with initial reactions, but I have some print resources to … Continue reading

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Going Nuclear

Going nuclear?  A recent, award-winning picture book; another acclaimed, older picture book; and some classic and in-progress graphic novels remind us just how terrible this military choice has been.  These works center upon the World War II atomic devastation of … Continue reading

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Twenty-first Century Genius

Two graphic novelists were among the twenty-three creative people recently awarded an annual MacArthur “Genius” grant, with its hefty prize money.  The MacArthur Foundation “celebrates and inspires the creative potential of individuals through no-strings-attached fellowships.”  I was delighted to see that … Continue reading

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Refugees: Haunting Thoughts at Halloween

Nowadays, Halloween is a time for kids to play at being scared or scary.  Wearing fierce masks or dressing up as superheroes, children reassure themselves that monsters do not exist and that they themselves can be powerful. There is really … Continue reading

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No Joking Matter: Comic Book Creators and Manga Makers

It’s April Fool’s Day, but—funny papers aside—comic books have often been no joking matter. Today, I am going to introduce biographies and autobiographies revealing the serious matters that motivated some comic book creators and manga makers. Some of their works … Continue reading

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Story Times: Kamishibai, Manga, and More

When my son (now 27) was a tot, library story time was an important part of our week. We both looked forward to that circle of eager kids, listening and watching as the librarian dramatically pointed out scenes in the … Continue reading

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