words and images to knock your socks off.
Graphic novels of every stripe are found here! Whether you're introducing a child to sequential storytelling for the first time or feeding a ravenous comic-lover, we hope you find what you're looking for.
illustration by Hope Larson from the graphic novel edition of A Wrinkle in TIme, by Madeleine L'Engle
illustration is for everyone
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Seeing yourself reflected in the media you consume has a value that can't be overstated, for children and adults alike. Reading a book with characters who look like you has been shown to impact self-esteem, leading to improved social interaction and academic performance, and encourage a love of reading.
According to the Open Book Blog by Lee and Low Books, Black, Latinx, and Native authors combined wrote just 6% of new children’s books published in 2016. Of course, diversity isn't only limited to skin color or cultural background; it also includes (but is not limited to) LGBTQIA, gender diversity, people with disabilities (physical and otherwise), and religious minorities.
Find more resources about diversity on our Resources list.
Maybe you're here because you're already a lover of graphic novels, comic books, strips, and picture books for all ages. Maybe you're curious because you remain unconvinced. Whichever end of the spectrum you find yourself on, you'll find some information here that will help you decide what you (or a child you know) could be reading next.
What's so great about the illustrated book? In addition from all the great benefits mentioned on the Picture Books page, we can talk about visual literacy. Kids learn to “read” color, shape, texture, layout, and how it all tells the story alongside the words.
For more information on the benefits of diving into graphic novels, take a look at our Resources section.
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A non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
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A group of authors and illustrators who came together to push awareness of the myriad of Black voices writing for young readers.
By Hannah Ehrlich for The Open Book Blog by Lee and Low Books. March 30, 2017
Pamela Paul and Maria Russo for The New York Times