I believe almost all kids will be able to relate to Jordan and it will bring back memories for a lot of adults. KARP: Ideally, what would you like an African American middle-school reader to take away from New Kid? Please be in touch with your address so I can send the book off to you! It doesn’t matter if it’s a prose book or a graphic novel or a book of poetry. CRAFT: My comic strip Mama’s Boyz used to be distributed by King Features. And it was basically, “We’re not interested in this Good Times sitcom-type humor.”. Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese (2006), because that dealt with being an outsider due to race. Sarah writes as the Elf and is the main moderator. Prime Video CRAFT: It’s really sad that so many school art programs have been canceled. Now there are so many great librarians and teachers who realize that reading is reading. Why? Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site! So I shopped New Kid, and Harper­Collins really loved it. https://lollipopbookclub.com/lb-blog/child, Karen Gallagher: A list of the best Santa Claus books for babies- One letter had a handwritten note at the bottom. New Kid begins with a full-page spread of Jordan free-falling toward the reader. These questions can be used for practice or during Battle of the Books competition. Schools have to actually ask the people who are living this experience and then just listen to them. Instead, his parents enroll him in a fancy private school known for academics, where he’s one of the only students who isn’t white. What can a creative outlet do for kids in Jordan’s position? JB: Tell about one hurdle you experienced in the creation of New Kid or provide a memorable (or humorous!) Jordan is the main character in Craft’s latest book, New Kid. If a character is seen as an “Oreo,” I literally drew the kid as an Oreo. It comes out in October. Twitter You know, they’ll still have their football team and their baseball team, but they’ll get rid of music and art. That was always a chore. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. JC: I think it might surprise readers to learn how long it took to find a publishing home. I’ve always wanted to create characters as lovable as a Wimpy Kid or what you’ll see in Raina Telgemeier’s books [Guts, Smile, Sisters, Ghosts, Drama]. KARP: What’s your diversity experience been like working in children’s literature? He is a graduate of The Fieldston School and received his B.F.A. Read it and laugh and go, “Wow, I made it to the last page and no one died and there was no heartbreak, and I’m going to read this again now that I know I can relax.” Then be proud to give it to their friends—white, black, Latino. Find examples in the book. At least Peter Parker was a teenager. Teaching with Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum by William G. Brozo, Gary Moorman, and Carla K. Meyer. I decided then and there that mainstream publishing would never have a place for me. When schools cover slavery and civil rights, they need to teach sensitivity about it. Remind students to provide a setting, give specific details, create sensory images, use dialogue, and be aware of having a beginning, middle, and end to their personal story. “. JB: What would surprise readers to learn about you or about the creation of this book? Jerry Craft is the author of New Kid. One year, I went to the National Book Festival, in Washington, DC. Over the course of his seventh grade school year, Jordan navigates new rules, new friends, and the expectations of his parents, teachers, and neighborhood friends. This allows us to keep writing discussion questions and telling ridiculous dad jokes. And our posts about family stuff here. Poetry collections suggested for use with New Kid: With a nod to the visual aspects of New Kid, consider exploring concrete poems. A vocabulary list featuring "New Kid" by Jerry Craft. Here is a list of books to, Karen Gallagher: Here is a list of suggested books about children with dyslexia- And even though he had these superpowers, he was kind of nerdy and he had to keep his powers a secret. In his early weeks at Riverdale Academy Day School (RAD), seventh grader Jordan Banks... read more. ), insight into his character (he used to wish he was Superman so he could fly instead of falling), and his age (12). I wanted to bring them in. In 1997, I published Mama’s Boyz: As American as Sweet Potato Pie, and basically, from 1997 to 2014, I either published my own work or I helped other people to publish. I went to the National Book Festival a few years ago and saw Raina Telgemeier and the impact that she had on her fans, who just came running in with copies of her books. I can’t just say, “His teacher came to the door.” I have to think about what kind of shoes the teacher wears, her blouse, how her hair looks, all of that. Ask students to choose one of Jordan’s neighborhood friends or school classmates and write from his or her perspective about Jordan’s challenges and his choices. JB: Tell about one hurdle you experienced in the creation of New Kid or provide a memorable (or humorous!) JC: I hope those who read my book will realize how important it is to take the time to learn how to properly pronounce someone’s name or find out where they’re from. I wouldn’t change a thing—except if I could clone myself so one of me could be working on this book 24/7 and the other one could be answering emails. Jerry was born in Harlem and grew up in nearby Washington The story In his early weeks at Riverdale Academy Day School (RAD), seventh grader Jordan Banks... read more. How were your experiences like Jordan’s and not like Jordan’s? I grew up with Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rock, so everything that I watched had some kind of a learning component to it. Find our other reviews with discussion questions here. This interview originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of Book Links.In celebration of Jerry Craft and New Kid ‘s historic Newbery win (on Monday morning, it became the first graphic novel to receive the honor), we are reposting it below.. The first time one of my kids even mentioned race was maybe first grade or kindergarten. First, for kids to learn how important it is to treat each other with kindness and respect. I remember going into Mr. Gooden’s office, who was the black teacher in my high school, and there’d be six other kids in there. https://www.booklistreader.com/.../talking-with-jerry-craft-about-new-kid JC: One of the biggest hurdles was trying to convince publishers that a graphic novel showing boys in everyday school settings would sell. A teacher’s guide including discussion questions and extension activities is available from the publisher.