ALSC - Graphic Novels for Children

In 2011, the board of directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), directed the Quicklists Consulting Committee to create a list of core titles than can be used when starting or maintaining a children’s graphic novel collection. These are recommended for elementary school-age children (Grade K-2, Grade 3-5, and Grade 6-8). The committee defined graphic novel as a full-length story told in paneled, sequential, graphic format. They included classics as well as new titles that have been widely recommended and well-reviewed, and books that have popular appeal as well as critical acclaim.

This particular collection only includes some of the notable graphic novels of ALSC's Graphic Novels for Children list. (All rights reserved.)

Source: www.ala.org/alsc

 

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Coraline: The Graphic Novel (2008)

Written by Neil Gaiman

Illustrated by P. Craig Russel

When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house, strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth.

But there's another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and all the tools she can find if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

This beloved tale has now become a visual feast. Acclaimed artist P. Craig Russell brings Neil Gaiman's enchanting nationally bestselling children's book Coraline to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation. This graphic novel is recommended for children ages 8 and up. (Copyright © HarperCollins. All rights reserved.)

Source:  HarperCollins Publishers.

Neil Richard Gaiman was born 10 November 1960. He is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery Medal, and Carnegie Medal in Literature. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work.

In the early 1980s, Gaiman pursued journalism, conducting interviews and writing book reviews. After forming a friendship with comic book writer Alan Moore, Gaiman started writing comic books, picking up Marvelman after Moore finished his run on the series. In a collaboration with author Terry Pratchett (best known for his series of Discworld novels), Gaiman's first novel Good Omens was published in 1990. He wrote reviews for different publishers, comics for DC and Marvel, novels like Anansi Boys and American Gods, juvenile and young adults like Coraline and The Graveyard Book, short stories in which some are collected in Smoke and Mirrors and occasional films and movies like Dave McKean's Mirrormask and the Neverwhere TV series.

For more information on Neil Gaiman and his works, visit his website at http://www.neilgaiman.com.

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