Let’s draw monsters with Kaeti Vandorn

You won’t find any cuter monsters than Kaeti Vandorn’s Reggie and Emily! So we asked Kaeti to show us how she draws these adorable shape-shifting friends from her new graphic novel, perfect for ages 5 and up, MONSTER FRIENDS!


You can get your own copy of MONSTER FRIENDS here!






Interview with Creator Brian Yanish!

Brian Yanish is the incredible creator behind the all-new SHARK AND BOT series! These graphic novels, perfect for ages 4 and up, follow Shark and Bot–two very unlikely friends who form an epic friendship!


What inspired the awesome series Shark & Bot?  

Shark and Bot is really an homage to my love of newspaper comic strips and watching Looney Tunes growing up, filtered through my experience working with the Muppets and my quirky sense of storytelling. Take two very different characters with vulnerabilities and see how they relate, bond, grow as loyal friends and tackle real world kid experiences. Then add a bunch of weird, silly humor.


The latest chapter in this series is all about summer camp. Why was this the perfect setting? 

Well, who doesn’t love summer and camp? Well, Shark and Bot initially don’t love summer camp but they learn to love it. I had a few summer camp experiences away from home that we’re full of ideas–getting homesick, making friends with new people, getting scared of ghost stories and being out in nature. Once we get to know the characters in Book 1, sending them off on an adventure is the best way to see how they react in a new setting. New setting = new jokes.


Shark and Bot comes with more than just a story– there are fun facts and dances. Why did you add these elements to the story? 

As a young reader, I was a big fan of all the extra stuff in the back of books. And if I really liked the characters, I wanted to know as much as possible about them! So creating actual dances, learning new facts or drawing the characters lets readers be more connected to Shark and Bot and Batty. Besides, have you read all that AMAZING facts about wombats? I couldn’t make that up. They’re very strange but very true.


What makes the friendship between Shark and Bot so special? 

The special part is the fact they seem like such an unlikely pair. I love that about them! It allows them to learn new things about each other and how they each view the world differently. But at heart their friendship is very much like the friendships we have with our very close friends–we love some of the same things, find the same things funny, bond over fears and worries and as we grow, we’ll do anything to support them. 


Can you hint to us about their next adventure? 

Well, the one place we really haven’t seen Shark and Bot yet is in school. So look out for a school-based adventure with a really interesting “maker project.” Oh and there may be a few doughnuts as well, but not the ones you think!

You can grab your own Shark and Bot books here!

Social Emotional Learners!

We all have a lot of feelings– especially kids! And comics are an amazing way to explore and understand these feelings through the use of visual cues. So check out these two new books all about feelings and emotions, in a wonderful graphic novel format!


from Melanie Watt

The time is now for this anxious little guy: Scaredy Squirrel is back with a brand-new graphic novel series! He’s funnier (and scared-ier) than ever.

     Scaredy is happy to stay in his nut tree. Why would he ever leave? The outside is filled with dangers. Like aliens! And dust! And a certain fluffy bunny who likes to pop up! But things don’t always go as planned, even for a super-prepared squirrel. When he has to venture out of his tree and onto the ground, Scaredy panics and plays dead . . . but maybe the fluffy bunny’s not so scary after all? In a nutshell, Scaredy might just make a new friend, if he is brave enough. . . .

Perfect for fans of NARWHAL AND JELLY!

On Sale: June 15, 2021 | Chapter Book GN


from Suzanne Lang & Max Lang

In the first book in this new young graphic novel series, Jim Panzee, star of the #1 New York Times bestseller Grumpy Monkey, searches for the perfect orange stress ball.

It’s Wednesday! Which means it’s time for Jim Panzee’s weekly Wednesday walk. Jim’s favorite part: the blissful silence, when he can hear all the jungle sounds. Until . . . his best buddy, Norman—and every other animal in the jungle—decides to join him.

Jim grabs his stress orange to calm his nerves . . . but when he squeezes a bit too hard, the stress orange goes squish. So Jim and his not-so-helpful friends must cross the jungle to get another stress orange before it is too late! 

Perfect for fans of the original GRUMPY MONKEY picture books!

On Sale: June 29, 2021 | Chapter Book GN

Monsters, Vampires, and Witches!

Oh my! is it Halloween time already? For the kids who LOVE monsters, vampires, and witches, we’ve got some fantastic books for you this summer!



from Chad Sell

Don’t miss this sequel to the Eisner Award-nominated The Cardboard Kingdom as the kids solve the mystery of a new neighborhood monster.

Vijay, the Beast, renounces his title after being bullied by neighborhood teenagers. No one–not his big sister Shikha or his friends–can seem to draw him back out of his shell.

That very night, an unknown monster is spotted roaming the Kingdom after dark. It’s ghastly, it’s quick, and it might even have giant tentacles. Or claws. Or wings. Okay, there might be some varied testimonies on what exactly this monster looks like.

Forget Halloween–the newly minted Monster Mashers will go to any lengths to protect the Kingdom and uncover this mystery. But how did the monster get here? What does it want? And mostly importantly, who is behind its creation? 

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL!

On Sale: June 1, 2021 | Middle-Grade GN


from Rich Moyer

The monster hunt is on! A rip-roaring graphic novel adventure about the latest in a famous family of vampire-hunting pigs, inspired by legendary monster slayer Van Helsing!

Ham Helsing is the descendant of a long line of adventurers and monster hunters–who don’t often live to rest on their laurels. Ham has always been the odd pig out, preferring to paint or write poetry instead of inventing dangerous (dumb) new ways to catch dangerous creatures.

After his brother Chad’s death, it’s down to Ham to carry on the family legacy of leaping before looking. Reluctantly, he sets out on his first assignment, to hunt a vampire. But Ham soon learns that people aren’t always what they seem and that you need a good team around you to help save your bacon!

Perfect for fans of DOGMAN and HILO! 

On Sale: June 1, 2021 | Middle-Grade GN


from Kaeti Vandorn

Two friends: one big, one little. One old, one young. One grumpy, one cheerful. Both: MONSTERS! From the author of Crabapple Trouble comes a sweet and fun-filled chapter-book graphic novel, with a charming cast of adorable monsters.

Reggie’s plan is to spend the whole summer brooding over his latest adventure gone wrong. But his friendly and curious neighbor, Emily, won’t let him sit alone and unhappy in his house forever! Despite their differences, these two monsters make the perfect pair of explorers. And with a map to make, a beach party to plan, and a sea monster to find, Reggie will have to learn to talk about his feelings and let new friends in!

With bright, gorgeous art by Kaeti Vandorn, Monster Friends features the cutest, fuzziest monsters you’ve ever seen.

Perfect for fans of Ben Clanton’s NARWHAL: UNICORN OF THE SEA!

On Sale: June 22, 2021 | Chapter Book GN


from Sophie Escabasse 

Effie returns in this spellbinding sequel: a middle-grade graphic novel about found family, friendship, and learning to embrace who you are.  

     Could there be even MORE witches in Brooklyn?! Effie is EXCITED to meet so many witches, but what is going on with her friends? Suddenly Effie is no longer the newest kid in school, and it seems like her friends are happy to grow their little group, but Effie isn’t so sure. On top of that, learning magic is HARD WORK! Effie just wants to have fun being a witch, but her life in Brooklyn is about to get weird(er).

The bewitching second book in the Witches of Brooklyn series captures what it means to be a friend, and how growing up can be a little less scary if you throw some magic in the mix.

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemier’s SMILE, Svetlana Chmakova’s AWKWARD, and Molly Brooks’ SANITY & TALLULAH!

On Sale: August 31, 2021 | Middle-Grade GN

Roll on the Floor Laughing!

What kid doesn’t want a book that will make them laugh? Whether watching some squirrels pull off a heist of delicious treats, or see a town with a dog for a Mayor, here are our new favorite hilarious graphic novels coming this summer.


from Mika Song

Join troublemaking squirrels Norma and Belly on more delicious adventures in the sequel to the graphic novel Donut Feed the Squirrels.

When local park fixture (and spy-master) Pops gets squirrel-napped, it’s up to Norma, Belly, and their friend little B to save him! This time, their adventure takes them out of the park–and into the uncharted territory of . . . the local apple orchard.

Where can Pops be? Will this adventure end in tragedy . . . or in apple pie? Or both? With these best friends on the case, you never know what’s coming next–but you can be sure there will be friends and delicious foods along the way.


On Sale: June 8, 2021 | Chapter Book GN


from Jeffrey Brown

Travel to planets unknown in book two of the Space-Time graphic novel series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Jedi Academy books!

Jide, Petra, and their intergalactic friends are back on the Potato (their orbiting classroom) for another out-of-this-world adventure. Their latest space mission brings them to the home planets of their schoolmates, where pranks must be avenged, new terrains must be explored, and the patience of Commander G must be tested! 

Buckle up! The next Space-Time series mission from New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Brown is ready for blast off! 

Perfect for fans of Jeffrey Brown’s JEDI ACADEMY Series!

On Sale: June 29, 2021 | Middle-Grade GN


from Stephen Shaskan

Besties Pizza and Taco are BACK in Book 3, putting their drawing skills—and wild imaginations—to good use writing a comic book together! 

     When you love comics like Pizza and Taco do, the next step after reading them is to collaborate on one!! But what happens when they run up against “artistic differences?” Who gets to have the bigger muscles and the more rad superpowers? Can these two strong-willed foodstuffs compromise and make a comic that is more awesome than the sum of its parts?


On Sale: August 10, 2021 | Chapter Book GN


from Dave Scheidt & Miranda Harmon

There’s a new dog in town! Finally Greenwood gets the mayor they’ve been waiting for–Mayor Good Boy! In this graphic novel, a very good dog is going to save his town, one hilarious try at a time. 

     The votes are in and the new mayor is…A DOG?! This dog will do more than shake paws. Mayor Good Boy is here to help Greenwood become a town filled with kindness, starting with fetching help for the local zoo. With foes around every corner trying to put a stop to Mayor Good Boy’s campaign of fun, are there cheese snacks and belly rubs in his future? Or will the whole town suddenly have a flea problem? In the hilarious Mayor Good Boy graphic novel series, everyone can make the world a better place, whether you’re a human or a dog.

Perfect for fans of DOG MAN,  INVESTIGATORS, and BAD GUYS! 

On Sale: August 31, 2021 | Young Middle-Grade GN

Embark on New Adventures!

Do your kids love a great adventure? Traveling to new worlds, exploring islands for treasure, and more? Then check out these fantastic new adventure graphic novels, coming this Summer!


from J.C. Phillipps

Pacey and Slasher the Unicorn are back and THIS time it’s personal in this laugh-out-loud graphic novel series with ATTITUDE that’s just right for anyone who loves (or hates!) unicorns!

The last time Pacey Packer was in Rundalyn, the world of unicorns, she sliced the horn off of Arkane, the Evil Apha Unicorn, and took away his power. KI-AHHHH! TAKE THAT BAD GUYS! Now the unicorns and other creatures under Arkane’s rule call her . . . THE HORN SLAYER!

Pacey may be a LEGEND in the world of unicorns, but she didn’t finish the job. With Slasher’s help, can she use the power of the unicorn horn to rescue the statue kids and escape the fury of the Great (but seriously horn-less and now SERIOUSLY mad at her) Arkane?! 

Perfect for fans of PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN and BAD GUYS!

On Sale: June 1, 2021 | Young Middle-Grade GN


from Mary Pope Osborne, Jenny Laird, Kelly & Nichole Matthews

The #1 bestselling chapter book is now a graphic novel! Magic. Mystery. Time-travel. Get whisked back in time in the magic tree house with Jack and Annie!

     Where did the tree house come from? Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark…or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?

For the first time in graphic novel—live the adventure again in the very first Magic Tree House book, with new art from comic artists Kelly and Nichole Matthews!

Perfect for fans of the original MAGIC TREE HOUSE Series and AMULET!

On Sale: June 15, 2021 | Chapter Book GN


from Brian Yanish

Shark and Bot, the two most unlikely friends, are back for more hilarious and epic adventures!

It’s Summer vacation and Shark and Bot have a new adventure– at sleepaway camp! Shark (always a nervous nelly!) quickly starts feeling homesick. Can he make it through the week? Will Bot short circuit at the lake? Find out in this hilarious new installment. 


On sale: June 15, 2021 | Chapter Book GN


from Jennifer L Holm & Savanna Ganucheau

Eleven-year-old Turtle is smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it’s 1935 and moneyand sometimes even dreams—is scarce. So when Turtle’s mother gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn’t like kids, Turtle heads off to Florida to live with relatives. Florida’s like nothing Turtle’s ever seen before, though. It’s full of ragtag boy cousins, family secrets to unravel . . . and even a little bit of fun. Before she knows what’s happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of her shell. And as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. 

     Inspired by family stories, three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm blends family lore with America’s past in this charming gem of a novel, now adapted into graphic novel form by rising star Savanna Ganucheau.

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemier, Shannon Hale, and Jen Wang!

On Sale: June 29, 2021 | Middle-Grade GN


from Gavin Aung Than

Calling fans of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS and HILO! Sidekicks are SUPER in this humor- and action-packed graphic novel series. Expect bugs, well-read dinosaurs, and lots of goo! 

     The Super Sidekicks are back! JJ, Flygirl, Dinomite, and Goo are settling into their fancy new headquarters and living the sweet life of superheroes. The Mother of the Seas, on the other hand, is NOT happy. She’s sick of land dwellers using the ocean as a dumping ground . . . and she’s seeking revenge! Can the Sidekicks step up and save humanity from the ocean’s rage? 

Perfect for fans of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, BIG NATE, and Superheroes!

Mel the Chosen

from Rachele Aragno

In this magical middle-grade graphic novel, nothing is more dangerous than a wish come true. 

     More than anything, Mel wants to be a grown-up, and to make her own decisions, instead of having her parents pick what she wears, where they live, what they have for dinner, and where she goes to school. Then Mel gets the chance to travel to a magical world, where she can make her own choices and return all grown up. But what happens when you get older without living your life along the way? Enchanting adventures and magical mishaps abound as Mel grapples with what it means to grow up. 


Celebrating Awesome Girls for Women’s History Month!

We love stories about awesome girls with great hearts, strong opinions, and show girls exactly as they are! Here are a few great books for your fearless kids to get excited about!


NOISEMAKERS: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World edited by Kazoo Magazine

Genre: Non-Fiction

Did anyone ever get anywhere by being quiet? To change anything, you have to make some noise! From the creators of the award-winning Kazoo magazine comes a look at the lives of 25 extraordinary women through the eyes of 25 extraordinary comic artists. In chapters titled Grow, Tinker, Play, Create, Rally, and Explore, you’ll meet Eugenie Clark, who swam with sharks, Raye Montague, who revolutionized the design process for ships, Hedy Lamarr, a beautiful actress and brilliant inventor, Julia Child, a chef who wasn’t afraid to make mistakes, Kate Warne, the first female detective, who saved the life of President-Elect Abraham Lincoln, and many more.


WITCHLIGHT by Jessi Zabarsky

Genre: YA Fantasy

Lelek is a witch.

That’s all Sanja knows when she meets Lelek in the marketplace. But Lelek is hiding something — and as her life begins to intersect with Sanja’s, all that she’s kept to herself starts to come to light.

Secrets, friendship, and magic all come together as Lelek gets closer and closer to uncovering the truth about her past. . . .


THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS by Johan Troianowski

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

Princesses don’t run away to have their own adventures. Right?

Princesses stay quietly and obediently at home. They would never want mermaids and swamps and pirates and getting kidnapped to be a part of their lives.

Not this princess!

Adventures await when Robin (bored of princess-ing all the time) embarks on the best adventure of her life–meeting friends along the way as she travels through the magical landscape of her country. But her parents aren’t so pleased–and they’re coming to find her and bring her back to the castle, no matter how she feels about it!


KATIE THE CATSITTER by Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue

Genre: Adventure/Slice-of-Life

Katie is dreading the boring summer ahead while her best friends are all away at camp–something that’s way out of Katie and her mom’s budget, UNLESS Katie can figure out a way to earn the money for camp herself. But when Katie gets a job catsitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor, life get interesting. First, Madeline has 217 cats (!) and they’re not exactly . . . normal cats. Also, why is Madeline always out EXACTLY when the city’s most notorious villain commits crimes?! Is it possible that Katie’s upstairs neighbor is really a super villain? Can Katie wrangle a whole lot of wayward cats, save a best friendship (why is Beth barely writing back? And who’s this boy she keeps talking about?!), AND crack the biggest story in the city’s history? Some heroes have capes . . . Katie has cats!


WITCHES OF BROOKLYN by Sophie Escabasse

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

Could there really be witches in Brooklyn?!

Effie’s aunts are weird. Like, really WEIRD. Really, really, really WEIRD! The secretly-magic kind of weird and that makes Effie wonder . . . does this mean she can do magic, too?

Life in Brooklyn takes a strange twist for Effie as she learns more about her family and herself. With new friends who will do whatever they can to be there for her, a cursed pop-star, and her magically-inclined aunts–Effie’s life is about to get interesting.




Lets Draw! ‘Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic’ Edition

A new chapter of Aster is here! So let’s meet some of these awesome characters, and try your hand at drawing them.

STEP 1: Get Supplies! Paper, pencils, crayons, markers, whatever you want.

STEP 2: Meet the characters! You can see them on the screen OR print out a picture.

STEP 3: Draw your own! Start with shapes, move to details.

STEP 4: Check out Aster and the Accidental Magic and Aster and the Mixed- Up Magic now!




LET’S TALK with Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan!

As the title says, let’s talk about this book! What can readers expect to find, and what kinds of topics does the book explore?

Matt: Our book is all about communication and sex. Each chapter is a different comic vignette where a teen has a question or needs advice and those around them chime in and help out. We hit all kinds of topics such as relationships, friendships, gender, sexuality, anatomy, body image, safe sex, sexting, jealousy, rejection, sex education, and more!

Erika: Let’s Talk About It is about talking about… it! Let’s talk about relationships, let’s talk about sex, let’s talk about talking, let’s talk about being a human who interacts with other humans. Readers can expect to find honest, empathic, nuanced guidance on navigating the complicated scenarios that most people find themselves in at some point or another. The ultimate goal of this book is to help the reader figure out what’s right for them self and how to do right by those around them.

With chapters speaking about topics like jealousy, rejection, after care, consent, and more we can really see the “being a human” piece. Is this something you feel was lacking in sex ed and why did you want to ensure it was a part of the conversation?

Matt: We really tried to make the book we wish we’d had when we were younger. We didn’t want to shy away from the more difficult-to-cover topics out there, which we think aren’t really given that much space in today’s sex education materials. We’re lucky to be living in a time where there is so much readily available sex education, but the focus of many current books is on the practical side of sex. We wanted to do something more and give teens a book that might also help them communicate and respect one another.

Erika: Most sex education tends to focus on, well, the SEX side of things. It talks about reproduction and infections and protection methods– all physical elements that can be a part of intercourse. In our book, we’re talking about the human feelings and interactions that surround sexual scenarios, before, during, and afterwards. How do you get to the point where you need to get out a condom? How do you talk about protection in the first place? How do you know if you’re ready to do something intimate with another person, or if you even actually want to? How do you talk to another person about all of this? What even “counts” as “sex” in the first place??? THAT’S what our book is about.

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT is really the first of its kind—a graphic novel sex ed. Why did you decide to make it as a comic, and what kind of avenues did this open up?

Matt: Comics are just incredible. With a drawn page filled with panels and characters, you’re able to communicate difficult topics into easy-to-read stories. You can give the reader protagonists through which to see themselves, while keeping all of the subject matter appealing and attractive. That’s the hard thing with any kind of education: how to make it easy to absorb. Comics are just the best way in our opinion!

Erika: We’re so proud to be part of the first wave of sex education graphic novels, following “Wait, What?” by Heather Corinna and Isabella Rotman from Limerence Press, and I’m hoping there will be many more after us. Comics are such a strong format for teaching new information, especially delicate information, because you can literally ILLUSTRATE complicated or nuanced ideas to accompany the text explaining it. Comics are designed to present information in bite-size chunks that build on each other, rather than an overwhelming wall of sterile text. Plus, with our cast of characters performing and emoting across the page, it makes the advice they’re delivering more fun to consume.

What’s a chapter you particularly proud of and why did you feel it necessary to include?

Matt: I think it was the one we struggled with the most, the Rejection chapter. We wanted to tackle things like ‘how to apologize’ and ‘how to behave when you’ve fucked up.’ But there’s SO much to that, and as we constructed the comic, it started to include harder things, like ‘what does abuse look like.’ We’re proud of it because it all feels important. The conversation we portrayed in the chapter feels real and genuine, and I think it’ll really help a lot of kids out there be more perceptive of their own actions. I’m proud that we didn’t shy away from such a difficult topic, and I’m proud of all the advice we managed to jam into it.

Erika: Yeah, same, I’m most proud of our rejection and jealousy chapters because it helps young people realize that we are all capable of being somebody else’s bully if we don’t check in on our own behavior and do the best that we can to make amends when we do hurt others. We’re all the heroes of our own story, nobody wants to think they could be the “bad guy” too! Those chapters are about validating our painful feelings and processing them in a way that is productive, that doesn’t hurt others.

Your work has surrounded sex education for years now—was there anything in particular that you learned when putting this together that surprised you?

Matt: The sex education comic we make for our weekly webcomic (Oh Joy Sex Toy), usually has us as the protagonists. We’ll explore the topics in-person with some autobio splashed in there, which is super different to how we wanted to do this book. In this one, we wanted to put the teens in control and have them exploring, educating, and empowering each other – no cartoon Matt or Erikas! And, well, we didn’t expect it to be so tough to come up with so many natural scenarios for our fictional teen protagonists to explore the topics in. That was way harder than expected, but ultimately was a lot of fun: those ah-ha moments where you’d shower-thought your way into a perfect scenario was really rewarding.

Erika: All the information we shared in this book are the same messages we’ve been writing into Oh Joy Sex Toy and talking about with our peers behind the scenes for a decade now, so the material itself wasn’t new but figuring out fresh ways to present it in this book was a fun challenge.

Just for fun: Any comic recs for readers?

Matt: I’ve been enjoying the heck out of casually reading Beastars whenever it’s updated! Think high school drama, while contending with animal traits.

Erika: I really, really enjoyed the newly released The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food: Step-By-Step Vegetable Gardening for Everyone by Joseph Tychonievich and Liz Anna Kozik. It’s this goooorgeously drawn graphic novel for new backyard farmers that combines lush illustrations of vegetables (my favorite!) with approachable gardening advice (my other favorite!).

You can purchase Let’s Talk About It: A Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human Now

Let’s Draw Some Bugs! Featuring BUG BOYS Laura Knetzger

The next adventures of the little bugs with big feelings is here, and we’re celebrating by drawing our favorite little bug friends!

Step 1: Grab supplies! Paper, pencils, crayons, markers–whatever works for you!

Step 2: Check out these step-by-step guides on how to draw Stag-B and Rhino-B!

Step 3: Add your own flair! Add backgrounds, clothes, or set them on a new adventure!

Step 4: Share on social by tagging @RHKidsGraphic

and check out BUG BOYS: OUTSIDE AND BEYOND- available now! 



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