Graphic Novels 2001
(All Fiction and Non-Fiction books can be found in the YOUNG ADULT area of Cary Memorial Library unless otherwise noted.)
What are graphic novels?
A graphic novel is essentially a story told through artwork. It can be in color or black and white, part of a series or a stand-alone work, and comes in many genres: romance, classics, humor, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and fairy tales, among others.
Why does Cary Memorial Library have graphic novels?
Our mission is to help build lifelong reading habits and encourage young patrons to look to the library for both information and recreation. This obliges us to include new media, like graphic novels, which challenge and attract our teen readers. Our growing collection includes traditional titles as well as outstanding new ones, and has the enthusiastic support of the Lexington school librarians.
What is the appeal of graphic novels to readers?
Remember the fascination of comic books? Then it shouldn't be a surprise that the graphic novel has huge appeal for all ages and for all levels of reading ability. School and public librarians find these books flying off their shelves.
How do you know which ones to buy?
A number of professionals in young adult (YA) literature serve as advocates and reviewers to guide librarians, teachers, and parents in picking out the best of these increasingly sophisticated and literate graphic novels. Francisca Goldsmith of the Berkeley Public Library (CA) praises the graphic novel as expanding intellectual and aesthetic possiblities by encouraging critical skills and aesthetic appreciation. VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates),the review journal, runs a column entitled "Graphically Speaking". The New York Public Library presents the year's best in their annual guide Books for the Teen Age. Another respected guide is Teen Genreflecting by Diana Tixier Herald.
Return to Top
Graphic Novels | Graphic Novels FAQ | Graphic Novels 2002