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POWI can remember when I was much younger that I saved my allowance to buy comic books at the local dime store. Favorites included Archie, Superman, Spiderman, Popeye, Fantastic Four and many more.
These simple, monthly installment comics would be the forerunners of the modern day graphic novels.
Essentially graphic novels are simply complete comic books in longer versions.

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If you want to build a collection of this popular format at school or home, the lists below will be a great start.

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Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2013

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Top 10 graphic novels lists from previous years:

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2012

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2011

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2010

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2009

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2008

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is the winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal.
This fascinating book focuses on Ivan, a gorilla who lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall. When he meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

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Read an interview with Katherine Applegate about writing the book.

Learn about the real Ivan on the official website.

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Winner of the 2013 John Newbery Medal

  • An ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Starred Review
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book
  • A School Library Journal Best Book

Teaching Resources

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The movie Beautiful Creatures based on the book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl was released to theaters yesterday.  The story is set in a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War. Sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

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Here’s few book-related resource links from the Linda’s Links to Literature database:

Opening music from the movie

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February is Black History Month.
This is the latest list of  the Top 10 Black History Books for Youth: 2013 from Booklist.

For lists from previous years, visit our blog post from February of last year.

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SLJ Battle of the Books 2013

It’s that time again for the School Library Journal Battle of the Books 2013.
The battle begins on March 12.

This is the list of book contenders. How many have you already read?

Bomb by Steve Sheinken (Macmillan)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion)

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic)

Fault in Our Stars, The by John Green (Penguin)

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion)

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (Random House)

Moonbird by Philip Hoose (Macmillan)

No Crystal Stair by Vauda Micheaux Nelson (Lerner)

One and Only Ivan, The by Katherine Applegate (Harper Collins)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Random House)

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin (Little Brown)

Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Penguin)

Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson (Scholastic)

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Random House)

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Visit ALA’s Book and Media Awards for the Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Wilder, Carnegie, Batchelder, Belpré, Geisel, and Odyssey awards or read our recent blog post.

Additional titles were recognized at the end of last week:

ALSC Notable Lists

2013 Notable Children’s Books
2013 Notable Children’s Recordings
2013 Notable Children’s Videos

YALSA Best Lists

2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults
2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
2013 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
2013 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

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teachingwithcaldecottbooks2000We continue with our series of free book-related resources for teaching with Caldecott books. Use these resources for the 2000 Caldecott Awards books to enhance the learning experiences of your students.

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2000 Medal Winner

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback (Viking)
When Joseph’s favorite overcoat gets old and worn, he makes it into many other articles of clothing.

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Honor Books:

A Child’s Calendar by John Updike (Text), illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Holiday House)
A collection of twelve poems describing the activities in a child’s life and the changes in the weather as the year moves from January to December.

  • Activity focuses on creating a calendar. Trumpet Club   
  • Activity Guide includes comprehension questions, vocabulary, cross-curricular activities, and an Internet activity.  Live Oak Media
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Sector 7 by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)
While on a school trip to the Empire State Building, a boy is taken by a friendly cloud to visit Sector 7, where he discovers how clouds are shaped and channeled throughout the country.

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The Ugly Duckling by  Hans Christian Andersen  (Text), illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (Morrow)
Only a mother could love this ugliest of ducklings, teased at every turn for his awkward appearance. But seasons change, and so does he, into a gloriously graceful swan.

  • Book Module includes a plot summary, discussion of the main philosophical issues, and discussion questions. Teaching Children Philosophy
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods
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When Sophie Gets Angry…Really Really Angry by Molly Bang (Scholastic)
When Sophie has to surrender one toy to her sister, she runs off to the beach where she watches the ocean and lets go of her anger.

  • Discussion Guide includes questions dealing with conflict management. Center for Peace Education
  • Book Guide focuses on activities for before, during, and after reading. Boston Children’s Hospital
  • more links…

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