Welcome to our Banned Graphic Novels book club! This go round we’ve selected three graphic novels that have been banned or challenged for various reasons. Each of our books –Class Act by Jerry Craft, Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki – have their own Discussion Posts.
Banned Graphic Novel Book Club Discussion Now Open – Join us today for the discussion! Last year when we decided to have a Banned Books Book Club the timing felt right – it was the 40th anniversary of the creation of Banned Books Week and nationally we were seeing an uptick in challenges against books for a variety of reasons. The uptick turned out to be a tidal wave unprecedented since ALA started keeping statistics – 2022 had the highest number of challenges ever and […]
Boundless is an odd, artistic, and it is its own special world. It is part graphic novel, part art book, and part short, illustrated stories. The themes created by Jillian Tamaki are familiar but are scattered about with new twists. Of course, sometimes the twists we know as well. It is just a combination that is combined to make that story, or that moment, and nothing else, for now. Each chapter is set up, to have its own look even though Tamaki is the illustrator […]
About a month ago, my cell totally pooped itself. I was able to factory reset it, losing everything in the process. Practically a month to the day, it poops itself again (just when I had gotten things back to mostly normal). Only this time it really “Shakespeare in the park” itself. (I was not allowed to swear as a child, so I used words that started with the same letter or sound. I think you can guess this one.) Therefore, I found myself on a […]
#cbr11bingo #Listicle 2015 Caldecott Honor (List of Caldecott books of 2015 This is a snap shot of two girls during the summer their innocence is partly-lost, one comes of age and both learn that growing pains take on different forms. This premise of This One Summer by cousin collaborators, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, has been seen before, but the characters make it fresh. Rose is an only child, slightly older than her summer friend Windy. Her parents, while modern, do have a more conservative attitude […]
I became interested in reading Skim by the Tamaki cousins after seeing ElCicco’s review this past summer. And what a great recommendation it turned out to be! A quick one, too, as I finished it in just one sitting. This graphic novel is very introspective, coming through via the voice of the protagonist’s diary, and I could see it being a great read for both teens and adults. Skim follows the story of a Canadian teen named Kim, who doesn’t really fit in at her all-girls school, and along with […]