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Need another hero?

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Do you have a kid who loves Wonder Woman? Unfortunately, there’s not a ton of Wonder Woman comics for kids (they tend to be written for teens and adults). There’s somewhat more available in picture books and chapter books, and she makes it into a couple of ensemble comics. If you’re looking for movies and TV shows starring heroic girls and women, here are a few suggestions:

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Barbie in Princess Power

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Batgirl, Year One

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DC Super Hero Girls

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Ladybug & Cat Noir

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Legend of Korra

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PowerPuff Girls

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She-Ra

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Stan Lee Presents Mosaic

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Do I have a treat for you!

Do you love Studio Ghibli movies? How about Astrid Lindgren, the author of Pippi Longstocking? It’s recently been announced that Amazon Prime will be offering a TV show at the end of this month based on Lindgren’s book Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter.

I think Ronia might be based a little bit on a character in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, too. Either one would be a great read while you wait for the show!

For young fans of Neil Gaiman

When I was young-ish, I remember tagging along with my brother to the comics store.  There was a comic on display there that had a cover like nothing else in the store, sort of like a photograph with rough edges.  I reached for it and got just far enough to see that the inside was drawn in a different style altogether– and then a staff member stopped me and gently suggested that I might want to wait until I was a little older before I read that particular book.

I didn’t really think about the book when I was older until I had a library school assignment to read a Sandman graphic novel.  I pulled one off the shelf at the library where I was working and immediately recognized the style of the cover art.  Once I read the stories, I was hooked.  That was my introduction to Neil Gaiman.

Both Neil Gaiman and the illustrator who first caught my eye, Dave McKean, have published books for younger readers since then.  (Mr. McKean often provided the visual art to go with Mr. Gaiman’s words, as in the popular Coraline, award-winning The Graveyard Book, and is-it-too-scary-to-call-it-a-picture-book The Wolves in the Walls.)

Now that he’s as well-known for his books for children as for his books for adults, I won’t call it a shock but instead a pleasant surprise that Neil Gaiman will be appearing on the children’s cartoon Arthur.  He’s appearing as himself, or at least himself as a cartoon anthropomorphic cat.  The plot, as far as I can tell, has something to do with creative writing, intellectual freedom, and falafel.

-Miss Sarah