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All About the Visuals: Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels and Picture Books
Kendice had written up this Top Ten Tuesday of graphic novels for last week, but I didn’t get it posted in time. I really enjoy her picks though, so I wanted to share them with you. I’m calling this feature Too Late Top Ten Tuesday. I hope that it won’t happen that often, but I could see myself not posting TTT’s on time in the future as well. Sometimes I’m not the best about posting things on time.
Have you read any of these?
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.
Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1950s comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story." Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.
— March: Book One (of Three), a 128-page softcover with french flaps, 6.5" x 9.5"
Based on the fight for civil rights and his involvement, this book is captivating and a necessary read for all Americans. It gives you insight into a true American Hero’s experiences.Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, Scott Campbell
Published by Atheneum on August 23rd 2011
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Mortimer is looking for love. And he’s looking everywhere! He’s worked out at the gym (if only his arm wouldn’t keep falling off). He’s tried ballroom dancing lessons (but the ladies found him to be a bit stiff). He’s even been on stalemate.com. How’s a guy supposed to find a ghoul? When it seems all hope has died, could the girl of Mortimer’s dreams be just one horrifying shriek away?
I’ve used this story to teach several times, and even my fourth grade babies have thoroughly enjoyed it. Mortimus is a gentle, zombie soul looking for love. His hilarious mishaps will make readers giggle.The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on October 7th 1964
Genres: Graphic Novel
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"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy."
So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.
Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.
This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
This book is a classic and will go down as one of my all time favorite books. It’s about love and sacrifice. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you doing with your life? 🙂
A must-have board book for all babies.
Good night, Gorilla.Good night, Elephant.
It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin?
Good night, Giraffe.Good night, Hyena.
Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.
This just brings me back to my daughter’s toddler years. This book has very limited words, but somehow my mom turned this story into my daughter and nephew’s all time favorite book when they were little. We have multiple copies because even when the book became worn out, we still couldn’t part with it.We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, Helen Oxenbury
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on January 1st 2003
Genres: Children's book
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Come along on a bear hunt in this award-winning classic from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.. Will you come too? For more than twenty-five years readers have been swishy swashing and splash sploshing through this award-winning favorite. Join in the fun!
Another book that brings me back to Paislee’s baby years. This one is cute and easy to turn into a chant. Even now I’ve gotten the words “We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re gonna catch a big one” repeating in my mind.
From breakfast to bedtime, a young girl imagines being different women who made history, and ends the day empowered to be herself.
Feminism in a children’s book is always something I look for. This is such a cute story with a strong message for little girls. I love the way it incorporated historically strong and intelliget women in a way that was still relatable to their age group.
Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!? But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.
For the early grades' exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl's frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it's okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn't just make her magnificent thing --- "she tinkers and hammers and measures, she smoothes and wrenches and fiddles, she twists and tweaks and fastens." These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Every little kid comes to a time when they feel like giving up. This book is the perfect way to show them that disasters and mistakes can still lead to greatness.
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.
What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.
I have not personally read this one, but my 8 year old LOVED this book. You know when they come home from school and tell you all about something they’ve read that it made an impact.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on July 15th 1987
Genres: Children's book
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The perennially popular tale of Alexander's worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child's bookshelf.
Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.
And it got worse...
His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!
This handsome new edition of Judith Viorst's classic picture book is sure to charm readers of all ages.
This book has long been a favorite of mine. Even today, when I’m having a bad day I will announce, “I’m moving to Australia!”
An extraordinarily different story by Robert Munsch is a gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for their child--forever. Sheila McGraw's soft and colorful pastels perfectly complement the sentiment of the book--one that will be read repeatedly for years.
This book is achingly sweet. It’s an instant classic for mother’s everywhere.