Booklist’s Graphic Novels in Libraries Month: 2021

Booklist’s third Graphic Novels in Libraries Month is back this July with tons of new #ReadGraphic content for your library, patrons, and readers everywhere. With a rise in dedicated graphic imprints, expanding appreciation for and validation of the format, and a wider variety of options for readers of many stripe, the graphic novels arena seems to be bigger than ever—and we couldn’t be happier! Join Booklist as we celebrate on the print and digital fronts with dedicated issues, podcasts, webinars, author panels, a sweepstakes, and more, all linked below. Also, be sure to watch this page over next few weeks; links to new and upcoming programs will be added all month long.

Strengthen the graphic novel presence in your library by entering our sweepstakes for a chance to win some amazing #ReadGraphic swag from our sponsors perfect for your next display, program, or to include in curbside pickup packs. Enter now!

Booklist’s Guide to Graphic Novels
Free and open to all on the Booklist website throughout July.

Booklist’s July Issue
Catch the biannual Spotlight on Graphic Novels, featuring top-10 lists, author interviews, read-alikes, and reviews of the latest must-read graphic novels.


Shelf Care, Episode #15: Graphic Novels for Every Reader

Shelf Care Interview with Nidhi Chanani


Reading Graphic, Part I (July 8): Booklist’s third-ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages, will begin July 1 . . . and this graphic novel-packed webinar (the first in a two-part series) is here to kick things off. Join us and representatives from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for this free, one-hour program featuring upcoming graphic novels and guest appearances from author/illustrators, too—and get ready to #ReadGraphic all year long!

Reading Graphic, Part II (August 3)
Our graphic novel celebration continues with part two in our #ReadGraphic webinar series! Join us Tuesday, August 3, at 1 p.m. CT for this free, one-hour webinar showcasing upcoming #ReadGraphic titles from Fantagraphics Books; JY, an imprint of Yen Press; Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers; Penguin Random House; and Viz Media. The webinar will begin with young reader titles and conclude with adult titles. Register now!

Author Panels

Booklist’s Graphic Novel Panel, Part I (July 23): July is Graphic Novels month at Booklist, and we’re celebrating with this must-see panel, the first in a special two-part series. In it, Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter will chat with Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson, creators of BARB THE LAST BERZERKER; Nidhi Chanani, creator of JUKEBOX; Huda Fahmy, creator of HUDA F ARE YOU?; Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau, creators of TURTLE IN PARADISE; and Molly Knox Ostertag, creator of THE GIRL FROM THE SEA. For insight into their creative processes and their exciting titles for middle-grade and young-adult readers, tune in on Friday, July 23 at 1 p.m. central. This event is brought to you by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Booklist’s Graphic Novel Panel, Part II (August 13): In part two of our #ReadGraphic panel series, we’ll be talking with Priya Huq, author and illustrator of PIECE BY PIECE from ABRAMS Children’s Books; Kayla Miller, author and illustrator of CLASH from Etch, an imprint of HMH Books for Young Readers; Bowen McCurdy, co-creator of SPECTER INSPECTORS from BOOM! Studios; and BonHyung Jeong, author and illustrator of KYLE’S LITTLE SISTER from JY, an imprint of Yen Press. Join us on Friday, August 13 at 1 p.m. CT for this can’t-miss event! Moderated by Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter.

This year’s Graphic Novels in Libraries Month was brought to you by Random House Children’s Books, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Scholastic, Penguin Young Readers, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, Yen Press, HMH Kids, Boom!, IDW Press, Diamond, Viz Media, and Dark Horse Comics.'

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