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By Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun. NY: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2017.

A clumsy sand dancer who never seems to add up to her missing older sister must work with two others to save their threatened world from the brink...

by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2014

A fun introduction to early and modern philosophers and cultural histories.

Part 1 covers ancient philosophy (Socrates, Confucius, Plato, Aristotle, Diogenes, and others).

Part 2 covers medieval ph...

by Jonathan Hennessey and Justin Greenwood. New York, NY: Ten Speed Press, 2017

Readers learn about the influences in Hamilton's life; his role in the Revolutionary war; participation in developing the Constitution; role as first Secretary of the Treasury: his tumultuou...

First of the series by Jimmy Gownley. New York, NY: Atheneum, 2002

This book is great fun, brilliantly executes visual storytelling, and has wonderful wordplay. The endearing but flawed and snarky characters face all sorts of growing up issues such as divorce, friendshi...

by Gene Luen Yang. New York, NY: First Second, 2006  

Yang brilliantly weaves three seemingly independent stories together – all about cultural and individual identity. One story is of Jin Wang a Chinese-American boy who yearns to fit into the predominantly White n...

by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill. New York, NY: First Second, 2011  

Neil Barton lives in small-town America and has to face high school without his best friend. Making matters worse, his mom is one of many who want to ban his favorite book series from the local librar...

by Matt Phelan. Boston: Candlewick Press, 2011

A nonfiction graphic novel about the lives of three famous adventurers of the late 1900’s: Thomas Stevens, Nellie Bly and Joshua Slocum. Inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days it can be integrated into la...

by Sean Rubin. Los Angeles, CA: Archaia 2018

This is a hybrid picture book/comic book that is an all ages book. It is wonderful story about New York City and the people who live there, including the very last dinosaur, Bolivar. Bolivar is happy in the city because no on...

by Thi Bui. New York, NY: Abrams Comicarts, 2017

Thi Bui's memoir tells both her story as well as her family's story, teaching the reader both the immigrant experience but also about the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese. A beautiful story, but mature conte...

by Don Brown. New York:NY. Amulet Books, 2019

This is the first of a science series that chronicle how one specific creative idea was built upon and inspired others that eventually created a BIG IDEA that changed or saved our world. The first in this series details how...

by Matt Phelan. Boston: Candlewick Press, 2013

Nonfiction: Wonderful look at Muskegon, Michigan at the turn of the 20th century and the childhood of Buster Keaton. This provides a wonderful glimpse into a lost time.

Awards include: nominations for three Eisner Awards (in...

by Gene Luen Yang. New York, NY: First Second, 2013  

Nonfiction: a two-volume set that sensitively looks at the Boxer Rebellion - one volume from the side of Bao who leads the Chinese peasants and the other volume from Four-Girl  (a.k.a. Vibiana) who tells the Chr...

by Penelope Bagieu. New York, NY: First Second, 2018

This is a collection of brief biographies of women who've significantly influenced our lives including: Clementine Delait (Bearded Lady), Nzinga (Queen of Ndongo and Matamba), Margaret Hamilton (actress: the Wicked Wi...

by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan; artwork by Pascal Dizin. New York, NY: First Second, 2010.

About two friends in the New York City during the early 1940’s and World War II who after watching a Newsreel in the movies feel it’s their civic responsibility to watch people ar...

by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2013

Tells the roles dogs played in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Aside from learning about the roles dogs have played in modern warfare, this book can be used as an in social studies t...

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