Summer Learning: Cherish your Connections with Graphic Novels
This summer we are moving forward into an even newer normal as we navigate the reality of life in a world with COVID-19. The past year has kept us more anxious and depressed than before the pandemic. But, enough about that! You are likely aware of all the serious emotional stressors that have come from these changes in our daily lives. So instead, let's focus on the hope that comes with new beginnings and how that hope can inspire us to learn and make the best out of the lessons we learned over the last year and a half.
This summer especially, I think it’s more important than ever to focus on the connections you have in your life. These connections can be whatever that looks like for you - any sort of raison d’etre. It could be a friend or family member you’re just reconnecting with after a long time apart. You could connect with new co-workers you’re finally meeting after sharing zoom meetings for however many months. That connection could even be the new plant you just had to have from the shop window down the street. Whatever it is in your life that gives you meaning, joy, or support - these are the things we can connect to and focus on during times of suffering. Here are a few graphic novel titles that I think highlight fun or interesting connections to keep you inspired, hopeful and grounded this summer.
Connect with us!
You can also connect with us, here at your local library, through our summer learning programs! We have the Summer Learning reading program you can sign up for and track reading to win prizes! We are also gearing up for our Graphic Novel Making Contest - feel free to get creative and draw out something that connected with you over this past year. You can also connect with us in person if you would like to stop by and grab some Summer Lunch meals for you and your family. We would love to see you!
Read Children’s Graphic Novel on Unlikely Friendship
Pea, Bee, & Jay Brian Smith
For ages 6-10. A pea makes the unlikeliest of friends with a bee and a bluejay after falling off-course during a powerful storm. The quirky trio quickly realize that working together to solve problems makes for a better life for all of them! This cute and fun story will have you laughing and cherishing those friends of yours who dance to the beat of their own drum.
Read Preteen Graphic Novel on Self-Connection
Snapdragon Kat Leyh
For ages 10+. A magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town’s witch as they make a deal to help each other out. But, once she gets to know the witch, she discovers some strange magic within herself. Could it all be real magic?
Read Young Adult Graphic Novel on Connections Without Sex
How To Be Ace: A Memoire of Growing Up Asexual Rebecca Burgess
For Young Adults. Rebecca talks about growing up asexual, navigating schools, friendships, and her workplace. This witty and powerful graphic memoir gives interesting insight into navigating our society as an asexual.
Read Adult Graphic Novels on Connections to our Homelands
The Best We Could Do Thi Bui
For Adults. Thi Bui was a child when she and her family immigrated to the US from Vietnam. She now lives and works in Berkeley with her husband, son, and mother. This book is a graphic memoir of her life and her family’s story - with historical background about the Vietnam war and the aftermath for Thi’s family. Although at times it is violent, the intense connection Thi describes to her family and Vietnam is an utter joy to behold. This memoir paints a picture for an immigrant story that is so important to learn about and which is often left out of the American narrative.
Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower Damian Duffy, John Jennings
For Adults. This novel is a graphic adaptation from the famous Sci-Fi writer Octavia Butler. With the world in environmental disarray, economically and socially, there is a chance for a brighter future and Lauren Olamina is fighting for survival. As she travels around California throughout this dystopian nightmare, she makes true and lasting connections with others - tearing through years of built up trauma and fear to build a coalition of like-minded souls who embark on new beginnings.