Are you looking for a challenge this summer? Check out our weekly reading lists, inspired by this list from Bookish. To keep you motivated, we’ll feature one of the categories each week in the e-newsletter along with suggestions from our collection. Happy Reading!
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman
Depicts Spiegelman interviewing his father about his experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. The work employs postmodernist techniques and represents Jews as mice, Germans as cats, and Poles as pigs. Critics have classified Maus as memoir, biography, history, fiction, autobiography, or a mix of genres. In 1992, it became the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize.
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, and narrated by 10-year-old Karen Reyes, Monsters is told is told through a fictional graphic diary employing the iconography of B-movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines. As the precocious Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, we watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around her unfold. Awarded the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story in 2018.
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen
Follows the adventures of Lieam, Saxon, and Kenzie, three mice who are part of the Mouse Guard–soldiers and guides for common mice looking to journey from one hidden mouse village to another–and their quest to uncover a traitorous plot against the Guard. Winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids and Best Graphic Album-Reprint in 2008.
El Deafo by Cece Bell
A poignant graphic tale based on the creator’s own experiences with hearing loss follows the adventures of young Cece, who develops “superpowers” to manage the challenges of making friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid that sometimes lets her hear things she shouldn’t. New York Times Bestseller, 2015 Newbery Honor, and 2015 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids.
March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Congressman John Lewis is an American icon and key figure 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. Received an Author Honor from the ALA’s 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Awards. First graphic novel to win Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
Skim by Mariko Tamaki
The whole gamut of tortured teen life–love, depression, suicide, being gay or not, cliques, and manipulative peers–is explored through the eyes of Skim, aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a would-be Wiccan goth at a girls’ academy in Toronto during the 1990s. 2008 Winner of the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel.