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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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty (2010)

Written by G. Neri

Illustrated by Randy DuBurke

Eleven-year-old Roger is trying to make sense of his classmate Robert "Yummy" Sandifer's death, but first he has to make sense of Yummy's life. Yummy could be as tough as a pit bull sometimes. Other times he was as sweet as the sugary treats he loved to eat. Was Yummy some sort of monster, or just another kid?

As Roger searches for the truth, he finds more and more questions. How did Yummy end up in so much trouble? Did he really kill someone? And why do all the answers seem to lead back to a gang—the same gang Roger's older brother belongs to?

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty is a compelling dramatization based on events that occurred in Chicago in 1994. This gritty exploration of youth gang life will force readers to question their own understandings of good and bad, right and wrong. This book is recommended for young adults ages 12 and up. (Copyright © Lee & Low. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Lee & Low Books.

Greg Neri is the Coretta Scott King honor-winning author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty (2010) and the recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his free-verse novella, Chess Rumble (2007). His books include the novels Ghetto Cowboy (2011)Knockout Games (2014)Surf Mules (2009), a free-verse picture book bio entitled Hello, I'm Johnny Cash (2014), and Tru & Nelle (2016).

Prior to becoming a writer, Neri was a filmmaker, an animator/illustrator, a digital media producer, and a founding member of The Truth anti-smoking campaign. He currently writes full-time and lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife and daughter. 

Source:  www.gregneri.com.

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