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Field Notes: Hosting a Middle-Grade Graphic Novel Club

Graphic novels are everywhere nowadays, and for good reason. Their narrative style offers many entry points for readers: they can be colorful, visually engaging, often diverse, and enjoyable. Some publishers have launched imprints devoted to them, strengthening commitment to the category’s future and giving librarians more opportunities to cheerlead, share, and...

Learning to Read Upside Down

Children’s librarian and storytime performer Amanda Lawrence shares her experiences learning the art and brain science behind storytime and why it matters now more than ever. Full disclosure: I am no expert at reading upside down. I’m still learning to hold a picture book, extended to the left and slightly diagonal from...

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