Librarian Prep Post for January

It’s November already! As the holiday seasons start to ramp up, be sure to pause for a moment to sit down, take a deep breath, and center yourself. It’s easy to forget about our own needs in these unprecedented times, but remember – you matter! Hopefully, we can help you weather the storm and prepare for your post-holiday needs with our January booklists and reader’s advisory. Discover books for Martin Luther King Day, Tu b’Shevat, Mental Wellness Month, Science Fiction Day, and more!

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Q&A with Dan Jolley and Jacques Khouri, Creators of Mega-Dogs of New Kansas

We’re thrilled to introduce author Dan Jolley and cartoonist Jacques Khouri, the brilliant team behind the middle-grade graphic novel Mega-Dogs of New Kansas! This story follows Sienna Barlow as she struggles to connect with the other kids on a strange, faraway planet. She feels most at home while riding around on top of her mega-dog, Gus. So when an official threatens the mega-dog program, Sienna Barlow sneaks away with Gus and begins an adventure across New Kansas.

To get to know Dan and Jacques better, we’ve asked them about their start in the comic business and their approach to projects!

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Lizard in a Zoot Suit: A Graphic Novel For Our Time

By Megan Ciskowski, Assistant Publicist

Los Angeles, 1943. It’s the era of the Zoot Suit Riots, and Flaca and Cuata have a problem. It’s bigger than being grounded by their strict mother. It’s bigger than tensions with the soldiers stationed nearby. And it’s shaped like a five-foot-tall lizard. When a lost member of an unknown underground species needs help, the sisters must scramble to keep their new friend away from a corrupt military scientist—but they’ll do it in style.

This diverse sci-fi graphic novel reimagines a lesser-known moment in history, and takes young adult readers on the adventure of a lifetime! Discover what others have to say about Lizard in a Zoot Suit and enjoy an excerpt below.

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