Big Kids @ UAPL

Graphic Novel Reading Lists for Kids

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Kids love graphic novels. Amazing illustrations, cool captions and words, great stories – all bundled into one. What’s not to love? Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) puts out Graphic Novels Reading Lists of top graphic novels for kids. The lists include classic graphic novels as well as new titles. Here are some favorite choices, broken down by age range. 

K - 2nd Grade (ALSC K - 2nd Grade Full List)

Cover for Little Robot by Ben Hatke


3rd - 5th Grade (ALSC 3rd - 5th Grade Full List)

Cover for Hilo by Judd Winick


6th - 8th Grade (ALSC 6th - 8th Grade Full List)

Cover for  Awkward


A few favorites not covered on these lists:

Cover fro Oddly Normal


Happy (Graphic Novel) Reading!

Your (Character) Votes Are In!

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Yesterday you voted on your favorite book and screen characters, and today the results are in:

  • Favorite picture book or early reader character: ELEPHANT and PIGGIE!
  • Favorite juvenile or young adult character: HARRY POTTER!
  • Favorite adult character: WONDER WOMAN!
  • Favorite screen hero: LUKE SKYWALKER!
  • Favorite screen villain: DARTH VADER!

Fantastic Party for Harry Potter Fans

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Fantastic Beasts movie imageThe new J. K. Rowling adventure Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is about to hit theaters and the youth services department is ready to celebrate!  Join us Saturday November 12th at 3:00 PM for crafts, games, and fun celebrating the magical world of Harry Potter.  Dig through your old trunk and dust off your wizarding robes because there will also be a costume contest and a chance to win prizes.  Don't forget to stop by Olivander's wand shop and then take yourself on a beastly scavenger hunt around the department while you're here.

Sorcerer's Stone movie posterBefore the party begins we will be showing the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the Friends Theater at 2:00 PM

If you really want to get yourself excited for the new movie and our fantastic party check out some of these books…


Fun with Ben Hatke: Space, Robots, Creatures!

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Looking for a book about space adventures and super heroes? Want to read about robots? Love stories about friendly creatures and lonely trolls? Then check out Ben Hatke's books. Ben Hatke is a children's writer and illustrator who has written several picture books and graphic novels for kids. He creates loveable, endearing, and highly adventurous characters and tales, such as those found in the graphic novels Zita the Space Girl, Mighty Jack, and Little Robot, as well as unique and thoughtful tales, like those found in the picture books Julia's House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin. For more about Ben Hatke and his stories, characters, and art check out: ben hatke, zita the spacegirl, and house hatke.

For a sneak peek at Zita the Space Girl, a 3 part graphic novel that follows the adventures of a young girl who is transported through space to worlds far away, where she must both find her own way as a newfound superhero and save her lost friend, check out the book trailer.

Happy Reading!


It's Fall: Let's Talk about Costumes

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boy in red lego costume

Halloween is such a fun time, with dressing up and having parties and candy.  Is your costume ready? Are you having a hard time deciding what you want to be?  Everyone picks their favorite character from tv shows, but why not try a favorite book character?  Will you be funny, spooky or magical?  Here are some ideas for those undecided.    

You could be: 

Be sure to check our Pinterest boards for other fall activity and costume/cosplay ideas.