Diverse Pairings: Graphic Novels

As a library paraprofessional and an avid reader, I’m a fan of the We Need Diverse Books campaign. It can be difficult to get books into the hands of readers if you’re not quite sure how to ‘sell’ the books. I thought I would try out a feature where I pair a book with a companion Diverse* book. If a reader likes one book, they’re sure to enjoy the other one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile by Raina Telgemeier and El Deafo by Cece Bell

Why?

  • Both are graphic novels based on the authors’ childhoods.
  • Both show the authors persevering through some tough times in their tween years.
  • The books are easy to pick up and tough to put down making them great picks for reluctant readers.

If you have any great pairings, let me know! I’d love to feature them and credit you!

*Diversity may come from the author and/or characters.

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