Buzz Beaker is a boy with a scientific mind! He is one smart cookie and never afraid to try new things. He has many books in two styles:
Now, perhaps you groaned a little when you heard the words "series" and "graphic novel" in the same sentence, but don't worry! These books are incredibly motivating and on top of that, they are what we call "hi/lo" books, meaning they will appeal to children with a "low" reading level and a "high" interest level. This is no small feat. Buzz can be enjoyed from 1st grade - 6th grade, no problem. Is it great literature? No. But are your children reading? Yes. Case closed. I love Buzz.
I am an elementary school librarian in an urban setting in Massachusetts. Through the work of creating a more representative and inclusive library collection for my students, I learned a lot about the politics of the publishing industry, the accepted institutional racism and purposeful exclusion of communities in books and that we should be outraged at the continued disenfranchisement of our children.
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