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Akissi

My Introduction to Graphic Novels

Shamefully, I have to admit that I read my first graphic novel two months ago. I wrote them off as childish and because of my ignorance I have missed out on great books over the years. As with most of the books I read, I look for characters that I see myself in: characters that are beautiful, smart, responsible and passionate about the world around them. What makes it extra special for me is finding these qualities in Black people across the African diaspora. Surprisingly, finding graphic novels with such specific criteria was not hard to find in our catalog.  

surf's up

A Whale of a Good Read

Whale-forward sea stories for younger readers

The beach without books to read is like the sea without whales. Kids and parents alike will love these creative and sweet whale tales this summer.     Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

The Bear and the Nightingale

Game of Thrones Read-a-Like Challenge

Fantasy. Magic. And everything in between.

The most talked about television series of this decade just concluded with an eight season run at the top. As many hardcore fans already know, HBO's Game of Thrones is based on George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. If you're an avid reader of fantasy realms, heroic quests, strange magic, or grandiose battles -- please consider the following recommendations. 

HomeGoing

Ghanaian Authors

Ghana Ghana. The first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence, a regional power in West Africa, and home to 30 million people. Ghana like many other African countries has a rich oral literature history. For this post, I wanted to discover the writings of Ghanaians and I think this selection of books is a good introduction to Ghanaian authors and a peek into Ghanaian culture and history. Each one of these authors were either born and/or raised in Ghana or have a parent who is Ghanaian.

The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

Add a Little Magic

Novels with a pinch (and sometimes a cup) of magic

Much like the rich tradition of magical realism across the Caribbean and the Americas, the literary use of magic of all forms in everyday settings is alive and well across the world.

Ocean at the End of the Lane book cover

Fairy Tales for Adults

New ones, not the ones you know

I love fairy tales. I love the traditional tales, and I like how old characters can be repurposed for new stories like the Fables graphic novels and the Fablehaven series.

Her Body and Other Parties

Supernatural Short Stories

Collections featuring the unexplained and unexplainable

I love novels, but a great short story can be so satisfying. Sometimes you want to read something quick; but fast-to-read doesn't necessarily mean that that work will be any less profound or compelling than something that takes much longer to read. This is a list of short stories—some all by one author and some by many authors grouped by theme—with fantastical elements.

Children of Blood and Bone

Toto, I Don't Think We're in Middle-Earth Anymore

African, East Asian, and Middle Eastern Inspired Fantasy

Look, I love a good ole traditional sword-and-sorcery fantasy story complete with castles, dragons, and sundry knights, but these medieval European-inspired epics have cluttered mainstream fantasy for long enough. From J.R.R. Tolkien’s godfather of modern fantasy The Lord of the Rings to George R.R.

The Year of the Dog

It's the Year of the Dog

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these reads for all ages

The Chinese New Year is a time for fresh beginnings, celebrations with friends and family and honoring ancestors. These books will give insight into how Chinese New Year is celebrated, and how centuries-old traditions came to be. The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

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