This year’s theme “Picture It @ Your Library” is a great time to recommend books that either have a picture based format, such as graphic novels, or those that include comic strip types of illustrations, such as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney or The Accidental Genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie. Besides just those types of books, you can also use this year’s theme “Picture It @ Your Library” to focus on giving book talks or creating book displays that have to do with art, drawing, photography, movies, and films. There was a recent discussion on the YALSA Book discussion listserv in which many of those in the teen services library world, who I must give credit to, put together a fabulous list of books that go hand in hand with this year’s theme. Here is what they came up with:


Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
Metamorphosis: Junior Year by Betty Franco
The Day My Mother Left by James Prosek
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Art/Art School:

Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant
Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
See What I See by Gloria Whelan
Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
The Vanishing Point: A Story of Lavinia Fontana by Louisa Hawes
A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell


Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
Hold Still by Nina LaCoure
Razzle by Ellen Wittlinger
Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith
A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
The Photographer by Emmauel
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher by David Ellwand


Carter’s Big Break by Brent Crawford
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Boy Proof by Cecil Castelluci
Violet and Claire by Francesca Block
My Life Take Two by Paul Many
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani

By: Jessica Skaggs

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