August 2016: Illustrated Books for All Ages

As booksellers, we're pretty commited to text. We like words. And stories. Some of us have strong feelings about font. We like that those symbols, organized very specifically on a page, can transport us to other worlds, times, and perspectives. Here at Eight Cousins we also feel strongly about visual literacy, and not just because of our children's bookstore heritage. We all currently live in a visual culture, we are bombarded every day with images, photographs, selfies. It is just as important to learn how to decode images and illustrations as it is to develop textual literacy. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, which is a reminder that it is really important to take pictures seriously, value the stories they create, the worlds they illuminate, and the perspectives they can offer. Understand them. We've certainly seen some powerful images in the news lately, and reading those images -- reading illustrations, photographs, pictures -- is as vital as reading text.

 

This newsletter is dedicated books that are image driven. Some of these book recommendations are wordless (ask us why wordless books are great for teaching reading!) and some have text, but all have a strong visual element that either complements or challenges the text. Furthermore, Graphic Novels are exploding right now, for adults as well as kids. Our own graphic novel section has expanded twice within the past eight months. Some of our favorites are listed below. If you have suggestions, we'd love to hear them. 

 

Finally, this newsletter is titled Illustrated Books for All Ages because not only do we want to remind everyone that there are some great illustrated books for adults available, we would like to suggest taking some time to appreciate picture books. Don't let the kids have all the fun!  

 

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Graphic Novels

 

Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545273220
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Published: Blue Sky Press (AZ) - May 2012

The Raft Cover Image
By Jim LaMarche, Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064438568
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Published: HarperTrophy - May 28th, 2002

Journey Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

Animalia: Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780810918689
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 1987

Fox's Garden Cover Image
By Princesse Camcam (Created by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781592701674
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - September 9th, 2014

Zoom Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780140557749
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Published: Puffin Books - July 1998

The Arrival Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780439895293
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 2007

Flotsam Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780618194575
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Published: Clarion Books - September 2006

This Is Not a Book Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9780714871127
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Published: Phaidon Press - March 28th, 2016

Plotted: A Literary Atlas Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781936976867
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Published: Pulp/Zest Books - October 20th, 2015

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780544668256
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 24th, 2015

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Lumberjanes Beware the Kitten Holy: Vol. 1 Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608866878
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Published: Boom Box - April 7th, 2015

Cross-Country Cat Cover Image
By Mary Calhoun, Erick Ingraham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780688065195
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Published: HarperTrophy - September 29th, 1986

Amazing Cows!: A Book of Bovinely Inspired Misinformation Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780761162148
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Published: Workman Publishing - November 18th, 2010

Fuzzy Baseball Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781629914770
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Published: Nbm/Papercutz - May 3rd, 2016

Shehewe Cover Image
By Lee Nordling, Meritxell Bosch (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781467745789
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Published: Graphic Universe - October 2015

The Only Child Cover Image
By Guojing, Guojing (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780553497045
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - December 1st, 2015

Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781626721456
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Published: First Second - March 29th, 2016

Robot Dreams Cover Image
By Sara Varon, Sara Varon (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250073501
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Published: Square Fish - February 2nd, 2016

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Little Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626720800
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Published: First Second - September 1st, 2015

Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780385386173
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2015

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781449446208
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 2nd, 2014

El Deafo Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781419712173
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Published: Amulet Books - September 2nd, 2014

Secret Coders Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Mike Holmes (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781626720756
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Published: First Second - September 29th, 2015

Drama Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545326995
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Published: Graphix - September 2012

The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781423150695
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Published: Hyperion Books - October 2nd, 2012

American Born Chinese Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312384487
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Published: Square Fish - December 23rd, 2008

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Nimona Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062278227
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Published: Harper Teen - May 12th, 2015

Leaf Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781606998533
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - August 23rd, 2015

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781608198061
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 6th, 2014