This year First Second celebrates its tenth anniversary. Starting in February ten years ago, the company has published a wide array of graphic novels, several of which are dedicated to starting children reading and enjoying reading–and reading graphic novels. They have published 157 books, including New York Times Best-Sellers and award-winning works from authors like Scott McCloud, Faith Erin Hicks, Ben Hatke, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, and Gene Luen Yang. Their work encompass a wide range of tone and subject, from the adorable and unusual Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, for young children; the strange and unsettling The Wrenchies, definitely not for kids; the humorous The Stratford Zoo Presents… series, for elementary school children; and the detailed, complex Human Body Theater for everyone. Take a look at the left hand image for a list of their books, or check their online catalog.
FangirlNation readers have reviewed a number of their books with great appreciation (see a selection of our reviews here). Writers and artists collaborate to create unique visions of the world in each.
First Second writes that they are
celebrating this anniversary on social media throughout the year –but especially in February, our official anniversary celebration month! Please celebrate along with us by sharing pictures of yourself with your favorite :01 graphic novels using the hashtag #10yearsof01.
If you do, please tag us at @FGNMag while you’re at it. We’d love to see what you enjoy!
As part of their celebration, First Second is suggesting monthly reading lists of their works.Scroll down for February’s Young Adult list. Grab a cup of tea, snuggle down in your favorite reading nook, and enjoy!