Spider-Man, John Green and other superheroes among hot new materials in new ALA Graphics catalog

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/01/2014


Rachel Johnson

Marketing Director

ALA Graphics

American Library Association



CHICAGO – Many exciting new products that are bound to inspire and excite readers in schools and libraries across the nation are included in the ALA Graphics Summer 2014 catalog. Spotlighted on the cover is a new Spider-Man poster, inviting you to “Drop in and Read.” Also featured are other Avengers from the Marvel Universe—Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor—which are available as a Mini Poster Set and bookmark variety pack.  These superheroes take on unbeatable foes while promoting the power of reading, inspiring kids, tweens and teens to become the hero of their own story at your library.

John Green is a real-life superhero and self-proclaimed “nerdfighter” whose best-selling novel “The Fault in Our Stars” has been adapted into a feature film. To applaud its release on June 6, ALA Graphics introduces the John Green bookmark. A match to the popular John Green poster, John declares “Reading is Awesome” on this bookmark, serving as a handy reminder to “DFTBA @ your library!”

Two-time Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger brings her beloved characters Dog and Bear to ALA Graphics on a new poster and bookmark. With one simple word, this vibrant poster will brighten any space and remind young and old alike of the joys of reading alone or with a friend.

Celebrate the freedom to read in your school, bookstore or library during Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27, with promotional materials that serve to educate and inspire patrons to find and read a banned book. New products include a Banned Books Week poster, bookmark, button and t-shirt.  A new 2014 edition of the Banned Books Resource Guide, along with a 2014 List of Banned Books, are in the works and will be available in late May.  For more information about Banned Books Week, please visit www.ala.org/bbooks.

This fall the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) encourages libraries to use the “Turn Dreams into Reality” theme during Teen Read Week, Oct. 12-18, to highlight all the great resources and activities they provide to inspire teens to succeed in school and beyond. Official 2014 Teen Read Week materials include a poster, bookmarks and digital downloads. An annual celebration of reading for fun, this year’s theme can be used to highlight a variety of resources in your collection—inspirational stories, motivating biographies, career resources, how-to books and magazines and more. For more on Teen Read Week, visit www.ala.org/teenread.

Find all the new products at the ALA Store, where your purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.

ALA Graphics supports the mission of the American Library Association through the creation and distribution of quality products promoting libraries, literacy, and reading.