The Good Comics for Kids blog, which is hosted at the School Library Journal website, has put together a list of comics that “celebrate America’s cultural diversity.” This is a follow-up to an earlier “summer reading list” they posted in June.
“Among the folks who responded to our Summer Reading List was a librarian who asked if we could compile a similar bibliography of titles featuring historically under-represented groups, a challenge we happily accepted,” wrote Katherine Dacey, one of the blog’s contributors. “Below are the results of our collective effort to identify comics and graphic novels that reflect America’s real cultural diversity. Some of these titles, such as American Born Chinese and Incognegro, address issues of race, religion, and discrimination head-on, while others, such as Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles and Blue Beetle: Shellshocked, present diversity as a simple fact of American life.”
A lot of my personal favorites make the list, including American Born Chinese, Runaways, Cairo, Johnny Hiro and Static Shock: The Rebirth of Cool. If you’re looking for something to read this summer, no matter what age, sex, color, etc. you may be, you can’t go wrong with the choices on this list.
(Hat tip: David Gallaher)
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