Cartoons and comics
Dec 8, 2011 — Since starting NPR's Backseat Book Club, Michele Norris has been swimming in "kid lit." The five stories on her year-end list will seep into your heart and leave you thinking about the characters long after you've turned the final pages.
Jul 27, 2011 — Can a graphic novel written for children, about children be worthy of the time and critique of an intellectual writer? Though he keeps it a bit of a secret, author Darin Strauss believes the Amulet series is so thrilling, you won't be able to put it down.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Amulet 1: Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Sep 14, 2010 — David Lipsky says that his favorite comic, Runaways, is both a brilliant reading experience — and an embarrassment festival. The tiny digests by Brian K. Vaughan have been a fount of guilt, awkwardness and grave personal doubts, but he still pulls them out on the subway, because they are just that good.
Jun 4, 2007 — As kids we preferred indoor recess to the playground hullabaloo. As adults we're film dorks, comic book geeks and indie-music nerds. We do not, as a general rule, jet-ski. This is what we'll be reading as we try to avoid the sun.
Jun 4, 2007 — Cecil Castellucci's tale of Jane, a city teen who finds herself exiled to a suburban high school, is "hopeful but never saccharine, urbane but never pretentious." Illustrated by Jim Rugg, it's "filled with unforced insights about the role of art in our lives." Read the first five pages.
Nov 28, 2006 — What kid wouldn't like a comforting, joyful book for a holiday gift? A lot of 'em. For true holiday joy, make sure the books you give are truly enjoyable. Here are suggestions for different ages, stages and interests.
Sep 28, 2006 — Author J. M. DeMatteis and illustrator Mike Ploog are the creators of a series of graphic novels called Abadazad. The books concern a modern-day girl who discovers a 19th century novel and the elderly woman who had been the inspiration for those stories. It's a dark tale, something the authors thought was important to do — the heroine is cool and tough enough to make her palatable even to little boys. Michele Norris talks to DeMatteis and Ploog.