A Cry for Help

On so many levels… but this isn’t about me. (I HATE January. But that’s beside the point.)

I need book help. C has discovered that she really likes graphic novels. Well, she likes other novels too (Moxy Maxwell — I was right! — and both Clementine books, specifically), but she really liked Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel, which was kind of like Diary of a Wimpy Kid for younger kids. My question (help #1) for all you graphic novel fans out there: is there something else like this that is appropriate and interesting for an 8 year old second grader?

Book help #2 involves A and the preschool crowd. My turn to teach (we do a little co-op home school preschool with some friends) is coming up and I’ve decided to do (since it’s no longer January!) a unit on Carnival, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. I’m in need of pictures book ideas for any of these topics, but especially Valentine’s Day. They need to be short-ish, mostly because they are only 4, but also because we don’t have a lot of time. Any recommendations will be MOST helpful. (If you have any good craft ideas for those topics, too, I’d love to hear them!)

Thanks in advance…

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14 thoughts on “A Cry for Help

  1. Graphic novel suggestions – Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm (one of my favorites!!)…The Babysitters Club graphic novels by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier… And the Owly graphic novels are really popular at my library… 🙂 Hope that helps for request#1…!

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  2. New Clothes for a New Year by Hyun-Joo Bae is good. I’m still thinking on Valentine’s Day. There are just so many books published each year. It’s hard to really sort through to get “the best” of the bunch.And I agree with Abby that Babymouse is perfect 🙂 I love that series!

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  3. “The Ballad of Valentine” is lots of fun for Valentine’s Day.I am getting ready to post a list of our favorite Chinese New Year books or I can also e-mail them to you. If you want to learn a little bit about the customs a great book for adults is “Good Luck Life” by Rosemary GongAnd not sure if you are just doing the Brazilian Carnival, but if you want to toss in Mardi Gras it would be fun to make a king cake with the kids. Have fun!

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  4. “The Ballad of Valentine” is lots of fun for Valentine’s Day.I am getting ready to post a list of our favorite Chinese New Year books or I can also e-mail them to you. If you want to learn a little bit about the customs a great book for adults is “Good Luck Life” by Rosemary GongAnd not sure if you are just doing the Brazilian Carnival, but if you want to toss in Mardi Gras it would be fun to make a king cake with the kids. Have fun!

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  5. Becky — if you could manage to whittle down the list and come up with a handful of really good Valentine’s Day books in the next week or two (so I can get them at the library in time), I would LOVE to see it. (I’d love to see it any time, but I wouldn’t be able to use it if it’s too close to Valentine’s day…)The library had New Clothes for New Year’s Day. I’ve got it on hold. Thanks!Lucia — I am thinking about doing both Mardi Gras and Brazilian Carnival (I’m thinking a Holidays around the World theme). King cake is a good idea.I put The Ballad of Valentine on hold. The poor librarians are going to wonder what’s up when they look at my list…:)

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  6. Graphic novels…you should read them first, but I adore the Joann Sfar/Lewis Trondheim series called Dungeon. It’s not what you’re thinking and if your daughter is advanced enough, she’ll love them as much as I do. You guys can read them together and have a wonderful time.

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  7. My 9-year-old son has really enjoyed the Bone series by Jeff Smith. They’re being re-released gradually by Scholastic – I think they’re up to #6, with #7 to be released soon.

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  8. My son loved the Bone books and is eagerly awaiting the republication of the last 2 or 3. We also discovered “Travels of Theolonius” Faradawn by Susan Schrade (I think that’s the author’s last name) which is a mix of a few pages of graphics, followed by a short written chapter.

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  9. Melissa, Chinaberry usually has winners. Here’s a Valentine’s Day one from their catalog that looks great (I haven’t actually it yet):If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant

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