MacKids Spotlight: John Patrick Green

Meet the creator of the graphic novel series InvestiGators, John Patrick Green! This laugh-out-loud sleuth series introduces two gumshoe gators Mango and Brash, the super spy duo who crack cases and catch criminals in the jaws of justice! John shares more about his inspiration for this series, his most memorable teachers and librarians, his favorite childhood books, and more here.

Read a Q&A with John Patrick Green here →

Watch Shannon Hale’s Best School Year Ever Kick-Off Speech!

It’s time to head back to school and Shannon Hale, co-creator of the Friends graphic novel series with illustrator LeUyen Pham, has a special message for students as they begin the new school year!

Shannon shares memories of her own experiences in middle school and addresses the anxieties students may be feeling as they go back to school, some of them for the first time in-person since the spring of 2020. Whether they’re excited or nervous to return to school, Shannon assures them that their feelings are valid. As you begin the new year, let’s remember to be kind to each other and make new friends! We’re wishing educators and students everywhere a wonderful school year!

Share this graphic novel series about finding real friendship
and learning to love yourself exactly as you are.
The third book in the series, Friends Forever, is coming August 31, 2021!

Enter for your chance to win the Friends Forever: Best School Year Ever sweepstakes!

Back-to-school season is just around the corner! Get ready to kick off your Best School Year Ever! Enter the Friends Forever Sweepstakes for your chance to win a virtual classroom or library visit from Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham, creators of the bestselling Friends middle grade graphic novel series. The winner will receive a virtual classroom visit, plus a classroom set of Real Friends, Best Friends, and Friends Forever. Everyone who enters will also receive a video from Shannon Hale delivering her “Best School Year Ever” kick-off speech, where she’ll share a special back-to-school message for students everywhere.

Learn more about this series here →

Teacher’s Guide: Welcome to the New World

Welcome to the New World tells the Aldabaans’ story. Resettled in Connecticut with little English, few friends, and even less money, the family of seven strive to create something like home. As a blur of language classes, job-training programs, and the fearsome first days of high school (with hijab) give way to normalcy, the Aldabaans are lulled into a sense of security. A white van cruising slowly past the house prompts some unease, which erupts into full terror when the family receives a death threat and is forced to flee and start all over yet again. The America in which the Aldabaans must make their way is by turns kind and ignorant, generous and cruel, uplifting and heartbreaking.

Download the teacher’s guide here →