Librarian's Library: Great Lists of Great Reads

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Each January, librarians, publishers, parents ... and. well, anyone who has an interest in books and reading ... await the announcement of the Youth Media Awards at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. While awards help us define the criteria for "good" books, the lists of winners and notables are just a few of the readers' advisory tools avail able to help us learn about books and other library media so we can guide readers of all ages to the most appropriate resources, whether award-winning or not.

Among our ever-expanding choices are the extremely popular genres of graphic novels, manga, and street literature--all of which may be out of your comfort zone but are nevertheless worth learning about.

Advise and Contextualize

Stained-glass windows delight as well as teach, and so do graphic novels. In Graphic Novels in Your School Library, Jesse Karp. a school librarian and regular reviewer of graphic novels, provides a history of the genre--from its comic book roots to its mainstream acceptance. In the book, illustrated by Rush Kress, Karp offers annotated reading lists by grade level. lesson plans for learning about graphic novels, and skill-building exercises on how to visualize a sequence of events.

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INDEXED. ALA EDITIONS. 160 P. $50, PBK. 978-0-8389-1089-4

Street literature, or urban fiction, is set on inner-city streets. Its characteristics include vivid descriptions of those sireets. stories that happen there, main characters who are often young adults, and stories that reflect I he challenges of street life. In The Readers' Advisory Guide to Street Literature, Vanessa Irvin Morris provides an overview of what; street literature is, a brief history of its development, and tips on advocating for and building an urban-literature collection, including lists of key titles to acquire.

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INDEXED. ALA EDITIONS. 168 P. S48, PBK. 978-0-8389-1110-5 (ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK FOR $38 OR AS A PRINT/EBOOK BUNDLE FOR S56.)

In Mangatopia: Essays on Manga and Anime in the Modern World, eelitors Timothy Perper and Martha Cornog have assembled bibliographic essays exploring the history, art styles, and influence of anime and manga, including their acceptance in Western culture.

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Unlike the titles above, the authors here do not include a recommended reading list: rather. …