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July 2020

July 2020

Booklist’s Guide to Graphic Novels in Libraries


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Happiness Will Follow
written and illustrated by Mike Hawthorne

Born Michael Anthony Hawthorne, his last name was “swiftly pilfered from [his] father” by his Puerto Rican mother “to keep [him] safe in ways she never was.” Yet surviving into adulthood was a near-superhuman feat: his single mother’s fierce love came with horrific stipulations—her fists, her drinking, her drug sales, her withdrawal, her broken soul. Escape eventually comes through art college—and then, her death.

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Top 10 Graphic Novels: 2020
by Sarah Hunter

These 10 superb graphic novels, reviewed in Booklist from July 2019 to June 2020, offer an impressively broad scope of genres, art styles, and perspectives, about everything from jazz musicians to WWII to cultivating joyful artistic practice.

Fall Audiobook Preview: 2020
by Heather Booth & Biz Hyzy

​We are pleased to highlight these audiobooks slated for release from July to December 2020. The information is supplied by publishers when available and is subject to change. Unless otherwise indicated, the format listed is a digital download available for library purchase.


The Shelf Care Interview: Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

In today’s special Graphic Novels in Libraries Month installment, we have the pleasure of hearing from Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed about their graphic novel When Stars Are Scattered. 

Writers & Readers: To Live and Die with Dignity—Harriet Tubman’s Legacy for the Elderly
by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Each morning the sudden squall of hot air startled yet welcomed me. As I walked through the hospital’s automatic doors, I was greeted by forced hot air, meant to warm the hands and faces of visitors. Its loud hum reminded me of the bees that had made a home inside the walls of our home nearly 35 years ago.


Trade Secrets: School Librarians Leading through Crisis
by Melissa Jacobs

For the past few months, I have felt trapped in the 1993 Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, reliving the same day of remote instruction, Google Meets, Zoom meetings, and Teams calls over and over and over again.


The Booklist Odyssey Interview: Scholastic
by Heather Booth

This year’s Odyssey Award for Scholastic’s Hey, Kiddo, produced by Paul Gagne and Jarrett Krosoczka, is the first Odyssey for a graphic novel audio adaptation. In an emotional Zoom call that brought the producers and cast together for the first time, we discussed the complicated production elements, the enduring relevance of the story, and the expanded impact it has when this remarkable work was brought to a fully realized audio format.


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