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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, adapted by Mariah Marsden and illustrated by Brenna Thummler, 231 pp, RL 4

Something I think about often since I started working as an elementary school librarian is the relevance today of classic children's books and books that I loved as a child, especially because the student population I serve is significantly more racially diverse than the books from my childhood. The personal experiences and cultural references that allowed me to access books like Harriet the Spy and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler when I was a kid, even though I never been to New York City and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and had never had a chocolate egg cream or seen an automat like Horn & Hardarts, I had enough information under my belt to comprehend the stories being told. My students are removed from these stories both by time and experience today and, even though it is ridiculously easier to learn about something you don't know in our digital age, there is still a lot of unpacking that needs to be done for these books to be meaningful and relev…

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