May 13th, 2015
Fresh off the presses: A second book by Jorge Aguirre and returning KRC guest Rafael Rosado featuring young Claudette and her adventures — first seen in Giants Beware!
Rafael will be at this year’s Kids Read Comics festival on Saturday only, June 20, and he’ll be pleased to talk about drawing and about his books — and sign them too! — at his Artists Alley table.
Meanwhile, you can check out a preview of Dragons Beware! right here.
May 1st, 2015
Kids Read Comics 15 special guest Kean Soo has come up with a terrific poster for this year’s event! We want to share it with you here, and we hope that you can share it too.
Are you a librarian or a comic shop or bookstore owner (or worker)? It would give KRC a great big boost if you’d print up flyers and leave them where kids and parents can easily find them.
If you’re a teacher, we’d love it if you could distribute flyers around the end of the school year, when KRC is taking place!
Flyers are available in full letter-sized sheets or at a two-per-sheet size. There’s even a larger poster size available!
Please click here to get your KRC 2015 printable posters and flyers!
April 30th, 2015
Children’s Book Week is nearly upon us, and for the next two weeks the folks at Humble Bundle have a set of downloadable kids’ comics available.
If you’re unfamiliar with Humble Bundle, they sell collections of books and games on a name-your-own-price model — with a portion of the proceeds going to charity and extras unlocked at certain payment levels.
The kids’ comics bundle supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Every Child a Reader, and you can find out all about it here.
April 24th, 2015
The first annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced at this year’s Kids Read Comics festival. Named for the highly respected comic book and animation writer and co-founder of Milestone Media who passed away in 2011, the award honors Dwayne McDuffie’s values and his legacy as a champion for meaningful, top-quality and broadly inclusive comics for young people.
Following months of reading and discussing nearly a hundred comics, the judges for the inaugural award have come up with a short list from which the winner will be selected. The criteria for selection are excellence in writing and drawing; timelessness; diversity of content; and originality. The ten titles that the judges consider the top kids’ comics published in 2014 are:
The three judges come to the task with three different professional perspectives on comics. Kids Read Comics co-founders Edith Donnell and Dan Merritt are, respectively, a youth and teen librarian with expertise on building a library comics collection and an Eisner-award nominated comic shop owner. Brigid Alverson is a respected comics journalist and reviewer who has written for School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly among others.
The Kids Read Comics weekend festival is held at the Ann ArborDistrict Library in Michigan. This year’s event will take place on June 20 & 21, when the winner of the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced.
March 17th, 2015
We’re super excited to announce our keynote speakers for this year’s Kids Read Comics festival at the Ann Arbor District Library:
Kean Soo is the creator of Jellaby, the story of a new kid in town and the purple monster she befriends.
Tory Woollcott wrote and drew Mirror Mind, based on her experience growing up with dyslexia.
Tory and Kean will be on hand to give the Saturday morning opening presentation at KRC, participate in workshops, and meet old and new fans in Artists Alley. We’re thrilled to welcome them and know that you will be too!
And coming soon: a whole slew of additional guest announcements!
January 23rd, 2015
Set ’em up! Move ’em out!
Want to have a free table at this year’s Kids Read Comics weekend festival? Ready to share your talent and your love of comics with kids, teens and parents? Think you’d make a fine ambassador from the world of comics to the lives of young people?
Then head over to our “Apply for a Table” page and give us your details.
Please note: Application deadline is February 23. No applications will be accepted after that date.
January 13th, 2015
Mark your calendar for the festive return of Kids Read Comics to the Ann Arbor District Library on June 20 & 21, 2015!
Once again, we’ll have great guests, hands-on workshops, spectacular activities, and free comics to give away! It’s all part of our mission to put comics in the lives of kids and teens…as a source of great reading to love and share, and as a go-to place for creative self-expression.
And as always, it’s totally free of charge.
Watch for announcements about guests and events on this page, and on Facebook and Twitter.
Cartoonists and others who would like to apply for Artist Alley table space should also be on the lookout for information in the next couple of weeks.
Kids Read Comics keeps on coming! Join us for the ride.
October 13th, 2014
This past weekend at New York Comic Con, Kids Read Comics and Reading With Pictures announced the start of our new joint venture — a free guide for public libraries that want to put on a comic-con-style event. The guide will include tips on programming, staffing, budgeting, finding guests, running an artist alley, and more…and our goal is to make it scalable to suit the needs of a wide range of libraries and the diverse communities they serve.
Check out a PDF of our handout from NYCC in the link below. If you’re a librarian, we’d love to get your feedback at this early stage so we can make sure the final kit reflects your needs and answers your questions (contact info is in the PDF). And if you’re a library patron who thinks the folks at your local public library would be interested, please call their attention to it.
We’re eager to hear your thoughts!
Library Comics Convention Kit from KRC and RWP
June 19th, 2014
You may have noticed on our Programming Page (and the PDF of the programming schedule) that KRC events are happening all over downtown Ann Arbor! This year we have free workshops happening at 826 Michigan, the Ann Arbor Art Center, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival, all within a short walk of KRC’s home base, the Ann Arbor District Library.
If you’re unfamiliar with the area, we’ve put together a map of event locations to help you plan your weekend. Just click the image to download a printable PDF!
See you this weekend!
June 11th, 2014
At last year’s KRC Celebration, three founders of our group spoke discussed what Kids Read Comics is all about.
If you’ve never experienced our free event at the Ann Arbor District Library (and even if you have), take a look this two-minute overview…and then make plans to join us on June 21 & 22!