Posts Tagged ‘Graphic Novels’

Last week I was looking though a pile of well reviewed illustrated books for kids. These were books that might be good enough to merit the Caldecott Medal in 2016. As you can imagine, mostly the pile contained picture books and some poetry books with a few non-fiction books thrown in too. Then there was this one!

roller girl

Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson, is a 239 page graphic novel about a fifth grader named Astrid. After watching her first roller derby bout she’s fired up to join derby camp in the summer and meet her hero, Rainbow Bite. There’s just as much action in this book as you’d expect from a book about roller derby but there’s lots of preteen drama too. There are new friends and old friends and mothers who don’t understand. Everything about his book was engaging and fun. Oh, and educational! I learned how scoring works in a roller derby bout and what different positions do for the team.

What makes this book even greater is knowing that the woman who wrote the story and made all the great illustrations is also a roller girl! You can visit her website here to learn a little more about her writing, drawing, and skating.


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Free Comic Book Day

acpl-free-comic-book-dayBoom! Zap! Pow! Free Comic Book Day is hitting the library!

Free Comic Book Day is a worldwide event that happens on the first Saturday of every May. Come dressed as your favorite character (or make your own costume in our costume factory), attend superhero training, and get FREE* kids comics, meet a superhero, and more!


Join us at the Main Library in Children’s Services, Saturday, May 2, 2015.


Activities: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

All day – Scavenger hunt, crafts, and free comic books*!

10:00 AM – Superhero Storytime

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Costume Factory

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Meet a Superhero

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Superhero Training

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Comic Book Talk –Presenter Zack Kruse of Appleseed Comic Con

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Superhero Movie


All activities are free!

*Free comic books will be available starting at 9 AM until supplies last.

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New Picture Books

work the cake go shapes
little elliot jack sarah
grandfather's coat up red knit

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New Chapter Books

bad hair day vanishing coin soccer on sunday
most valuable annika riz mystery of the stolen painting
school of meanies swift boys and me secret of the silver key

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Do you love comic books?  Do your kids love comic books?  This weekend the Appleseed Comics and Arts Convention will be in Fort Wayne. To help get you psyched up about the Convention, the Children’s Services department at the Main Library is offering two great opportunities, one for kids and one for grown-ups:

Comic Book Art – a workshop

Kids, this program about comics and graphic novels is for YOU!  Matt Gross and Jeremy McFarren, two super-cool comic creators, will be in Children’s Services to show and tell all about how they write, design, and draw their comics! And YOU are invited to create your own comic! Wowser!

What:      Comic Book Art – a workshop
Tuesday, May 13 at 6:00 pm
Where:    Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne (Globe Room)
Who:        You! — If you’re a kid interested in art or comics
Cost:        Free!

Comic Books Are For Reading – a discussion

Parents and grown-ups, this program about comics and graphic novels is for YOU! Zack Kruse, founder of Fort Wayne’s Appleseed Comic and Arts Convention and comic book smart guy, will offer a program with super-librarian Eric Tarr about the value of comics. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion.

What:      Comic Books are for Reading – a discussion
Wednesday, May 14 at 6:00 pm
Where:    Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne (Globe Room)
Who:        Parents, Teachers, and other grownups interested in learning or talking about the value of comics
Cost:        Free!

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New Early Readers

frog's lucky day just a kite pete the cat too cool
ollie do you like these boots pup
one-eyed muddy wish for dinosaur

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New Non-Fiction Books for All Ages

seeing-eye dogs founding mothers human world
fly guy presents space does a woodpecker use a hammer angel island
white house for kids tyrannosaurus seed to plant

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