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6 Books to Celebrate National Comic Book Day

Sep 25, 2014
If you've looked at our AMP! Comics for Kids line, it should be no surprise to hear us say we love comics. Whether in strip or book form, we're crazy for comics! Today is National Comic Book Day, and while you don't get a free comic like you might on Free Comic Book Day (that's in May!), it's still a great excuse to curl up with a great new comic book or graphic novel and get reading. Here are four of our most recent releases, along with two sneak peeks at a graphic novels we have coming out early next year. Happy reading!

Reading with Pictures: Comics that Make Kids Smarter by Josh Elder 

Reading with Pictures This book was made to read on a day that celebrates everything comic books have to offer! It's all about why comics are a great tool to get kids excited about reading. Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter unites the finest creative talents in the comics industry with the nation's leading experts in visual literacy to create a game-changing tool for the classroom and beyond. The book features more than a dozen short stories (both fiction and nonfiction) that address topics in Social Studies, Math, Langauge Arts, and Science that are great for using in the classroom, but a child could also easily pick this up and read it for pleasure. Highlights include "George Washington: Action President" by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, "Doctor Sputnik: Man of Science" by Roger Langridge, "The Power of Print" by Katie Cook, and many more. A downloadable Teachers' Guide includes standards-correlated lesson plans customized to each story, research-based justifications for using comics in the classroom, a guide to establishing best classroom practices, and a comprehensive listing of educational resources.

Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley by Jeff Weigel

Dragon GirlEleven-year-old Alanna and her older brother Hamel are orphans doing their best to take care of each other until one day Alanna stumbles upon a cave full of dragon eggs. When the eggs hatch with no mother dragon in sight, Alanna decides to take care of the babies herself, even creating a clever costume so that the babies think she, too, is a dragon. With their large appetites and accidental fire burps, Alanna learns that dragon babies are hard to take care of! When a mama dragon finally comes to claim the babies, Alanna’s costume is so convincing that she is swept along for the ride as they journey to Dragon Rock, a mysterious magnetic force that draws dragons of all shapes and sizes to a magical, untouched valley.Young girls will especially love this story, but boys will enjoy the adventure as well.

Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek by Elizabeth Rusch and Mike Lawrence

Muddy MaxMax may be the cleanest middle-school kid in the world. His neat-freak parents make certain of that, and their mysterious fear of mud has Max perplexed. When he finds himself face-down in a murky puddle, muddy from head to toe, he discovers the reason: Mud gives him super powers! But there's more going on in Marsh Creek — and in his family — than he could ever imagine. Follow Muddy Max and his friends as they dig through the dirt to solve the mystery of Marsh Creek.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

Phoebe and Her UnicornA boy and his dog . . . a girl and her . . . unicorn? It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and she used it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection? Indeed they can, and that's how Phoebe and Her Unicorn unfolds. This beautifully drawn strip follows the unlikely friendship between a somewhat awkward girl and the unicorn who gradually shows her just how special she really is.


The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins by Chris Giarrusso

The G-Man Super JournalsWhen Michael G has to keep a journal in one of his classes, naturally he writes about his ambition to have superpowers and join the superheroes of his city in the fight for justice.  After all, his friend Billy Demon just got an awesome winged flying suit and superpowers of his own, and now he's the most popular kid in school!  Mikey would just love to have superpowers too, but how will he get them? And if he does get them, what will he do with them? Author and illustrator Chris Giarrusso is the creator of the world-famous MINI MARVELS for Marvel Comics, which have been published in countless Marvel comics and collected editions. Check out more of his art and animation at his official website,

Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue by Paige Braddock

Stinky CecilAvailable February 3, 2015. Sometimes big stories happen in small places. Sometimes big things happen to small creatures. This is one of those stories....

Cecil is a toad. A toad busy doing what any other toad does with its days — judging the pond splashing contest (Reggie the fly is usually the honorary winner by dint of his five-day lifespan), or visiting his friends, Jeff the free-range hamster, Rayray the lizard, Jeremy the worm, or Sprout the frog. And, of course, trying to keep clear of the local hawk. But when Cecil discovers a freeway construction project aimed right at the pond, he knows he has to come up with a plan to save his home. But what can a small group of amphibians and a reincarnating fly do against construction vehicles and a steady onslaught of hot asphalt? Cecil isn't sure, but he knows they have to try.

Author Paige Braddock is the creator of "Jane's World," the first gay-themed comic strip to receive online distribution by a national media syndicate. She launched her own publishing company, Girl Twirl Comics, in 2001 to make the strip available in comic shops and bookstores. By day Paige is the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates.

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