As many of you may know, I’ve been reviewing for and podcasting with The Comics Alternative for a couple of years. Several months ago I approached Derek Royal about the possibility of a monthly podcast within The Comics Alternative, one devoted to comics for young readers. Not only did I feel such an addition would fit in well with the other recurring monthly shows (webcomics and manga), I also felt that as a librarian I could perhaps bring a unique perspective to the table. Add to that, a university professor who teaches children’s and young adult literature for a living and loves comics. Derek thought it was a great idea and here we are with our first podcast!
In this first episode, Gwen Tarbox (professor of Children’s and Young Adult Narrative at Western Michigan University) and I not only looked at two books – Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll, and Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm – but also gave adults some good information and resources about comics and graphic novels and how libraries can help young readers.
Our monthly shows will feature a discussion of one YA book, one book for younger readers, and discussions on a wide variety of issues related to comics, young readers, tips for parents, and much, much more. Gwen and I had a great time recording this show and are very excited about the future. We hope our show will be informative, entertaining, and helpful. Please spread the word!