I have made a concerted effort this year to read more diversely. This means more books by and about people of color, LGBTQ, and from and about cultures different than my own. And then share these books with others.
I got to thinking about the horribly wonderful BS that is being a teenager when spending some time with my niece who is on the edge of teenager-hood. I gathered a small pile of my favorite comics (because comics are fun), with a wide variety of characters to show that you are not alone.
The Gist: This story follows Callie and the rest of the cast and crew of their middle school’s Moon Over Mississippi.
Why it’s different: First off, it follows drama kids which is something I don’t come across too often. Secondly, LGBT characters that come out without too much fan-fair. It is treated like normalcy that it is.
The Gist: Rose and Windy are BFFs who spend every summer at Aswago Beach with their families.
Why it’s different: The girl’s are right on the edge of their teens, Ro
The Gist: A portrait of Marjane’s childhood during the Iranian Revolution.
Why it’s different: You will learn more about the revolution, state sanctioned whippings and dethroned emperors through Marjane’s childhood eyes that you will ever learn in a textbook.
The Gist: Five awesome gal pals are solving mysteries at their summer camp which is for ‘hardcore lady types.’
Why it’s different: This comic is chock full of adventure, three-foxes, feminist name-dropping and mysterious caves. It is the kind of fun Goonies-like adventure stories girls have been missing.
The Gist: Kamala is a normal teenager dealing with school, parents and boys when a mysterious mist transforms her into a shape-shifting superhero.
Why it’s different: The superhero camp tends to be a boy’s camp, and a white boy’s camp at that. Not only is Kamala a kick-ass hero who is smart and stands up for what is right, she is Muslim American. And that is something completely new for comics.
What are you favorite comics for young girls?