From Taylor Swift to Ninjas and Big Nate, the ALA Graphics Fall catalog is bursting with delightful new materials

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/05/2014


Rachel Johnson

Director, ALA Graphics

ALA Graphics

American Library Association


CHICAGO – Seven-time GRAMMY® winner Taylor Swift appears on a new READ poster, spotlighted on the cover of the ALA Graphics Fall 2014 catalog. Holding Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Medal-winning YA novel “The Giver,” Taylor’s poster encourages patrons and students to read the novel before they see the film adaptation in theaters Aug. 15. It’s only one of many hot new materials included in the catalog (PDF).

“The Day the Crayons Quit,” written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, tells the story of Duncan, who simply wants to color. When he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: we quit!  But in a clever new poster and bookmark the Crayons reunite to share a new message: Never Quit Reading!

The covert skills of a ninja are perfect for sneaking up on a book! Persuade young readers to master the art of reading with a bright-hued poster and bookmark illustrated by Tad Carpenter. They’re inspired by Todd Tuell’s “Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop!”

“Roar! Roar! Read!” proclaims Dinosaur on a new poster and bookmark. Star of a series of books by author and illustrator Bob Shea, Dinosaur’s most recent clash has him confronting preschool in “Dinosaur vs. School,” on shelves now.

“Buggy Bug loves Booky Books” on Chris Raschka’s poster and bookmark, which toddlers and their caregivers are sure to love. Raschka’s Thingy Things series of books introduce new themes through visual and textual humor that appeals to kids and adults alike.

Two big names in comics and graphic novels make their ALA Graphics debuts in the new catalog. Sixth-grader Big Nate, author and illustrator Lincoln Peirce’s delightful character, might be a self-described genius brimming with misplaced confidence, but on a new poster and bookmark he shares an idea that really IS great:  READ!  The comic strip Big Nate debuted in 1991 and appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide.  Meanwhile Kazu Kibuishi’s poster and bookmark based on his “Amulet” series invites readers to explore new worlds through the pages of a book. ”Amulet #6: Escape from Lucien,” the newest book from the Eisner-nominated Kibuishi, is available on Aug. 26.

And no matter the season, Patrick Arrasmith’s creepy  poster and bookmark Inspired by the cover of Jonathan Auxier’s “The Night Gardener” will dare kids to Read Something Spooky.

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