Graphic Novels: YESSS!
July 2021
Are Graphic Novels "Real" Reading? YESSSS!
The myth continues that graphic novels are not "real" reading. But it's not true! According to teachers and literacy experts, graphic novels will improve a child's reading like any other book would, and they are fantastic choices for reading outside of the classroom. Still not sure? Read more in this article from Scholastic that also features several graphic book ideas! Need more ideas? Read below!
(Image: Scholastic)
BOOK IT FOR BOOKS, RIF of NOVA's biannual 5K/One-Mile fund/fun-raiser is happening! When: October 16, 2021. Where: Bluemont Park in Arlington.

The link to sign up to run or walk is live on the PR race site: Sign up now to run or walk on October 16 -- either in person or virtually!
In super news, we have another early sponsor: ARTA -- the Arlington Retired Teachers Association. Thanks to the ARTA group for such ongoing and generous support.

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New! July's BOOK BABY: Oooohh, can't wait! It's Tigger and the gang!
RIF of NOVA End-of-School-Year Distributions...
...the Book Joy Just Kept on Coming!
Kenmore Middle School

Several schools held distributions before school ended for the summer. Among them, Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, under the leadership of librarian and NOVA RIF liaison Claire Prisock. The auditorium became book central for these eager readers!
Love these middle schoolers and the ways they showed off their new books!
Bailey's Kids Soared into Summer!
Janice Pearrault, librarian and NOVA RIF liaison at Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences, helped Bailey's kids to Soar into Summer at a distribution complete with a rocket ship and books for summer reading. Children got not only one new book but a gently used book, too, due to the efforts of NOVA RIF Young Ambassador McKenzie Watt. So far, McKenzie has collected over 4,300 books, with over 1,400 donated to NOVA RIF!
McKenzie Watt (l) posed with a youngster at Bailey's.
This rising 1st grader could not have been more excited about his two summer reading books.
Lynbrook's 'Cafeteria Beach'
During the last week of school, Lynbrook Elementary's librarian and NOVA RIF liaison Julie Baker set up 'cafeteria beach' in the school's cafeteria, complete with a beach umbrella, beach towels, and a thematically correct shower curtain! Students went home for the summer with two books each, and said Julie, "They were super excited!"
These three students posed with new books under the beach umbrella...complete with a King Tut crown...because, well, why not!!!
New! On our website:
Added features in the last month...Check out these links!

NEW! In New Books...with a NOVA Connection, we feature a new -- and first -- book by local author Heather Gutierrez called It's Hard to Sleep When You're an Artist. With heart-warming Illustrations, each page yields a new dreamscape -- vibrant rainbow paintings in the sky, magical fields with sparkling butterfly wings, and mystical beaches where wild horses run and dance.

It's a lovely bedtime story that started on a Post-it note! Learn more about the book, its author, and how it came to be by clicking here!
New! Graphic Novel Ideas and More!

Check out our website's brand new page:
New! At the top of the list for graphic novels right now: Mothering Heights, the 10th book in the hugely popular Dog Man series by Dave Pilkey (published by Scholastic/Graphix).

But there are WAY more graphic novels that children will love! Check out this list of ideas from Woodley Hills Elementary School librarian and NOVA RIF liaison Jill Connors!
New! Also, learn more about Jill Connors in a short bio, found here. She and her rising sixth-grade son love to read together...especially graphic novels!

We will feature other NOVA RIF liaisons in future months, so please check back often as we celebrate the librarians, teachers, and reading specialists who help get books to our kids!
9,000+ Donated Books ... and counting!
Woodson High School Key Club members collected several bags and boxes of books for a NOVA RIF donation. Pictured here are sisters Sophie and Ella Jackson, both Key Club members. The third- through fifth-grade chapter books they collected have already been delivered to one of our schools!
Books donated by the Junior Volunteer League (JVL) earned a big thank you note from the students at Cora Kelly ES. JVL is a mother-daughter service group open to public school students in the Vienna/Oakton area. Its purpose is to empower young women to be tomorrow’s leaders through meaningful philanthropy and stewardship. The JVL earned a 2021 commendation award from NOVA RIF!
A full list of book donors can be found on our website at: If you have or want to collect books for children from Pre-K to grade 8, contact us at We will arrange to pick them up. So far, we have collected more than 9,100 books, and almost 6,000 have found new homes in the RIF of NOVA community!
*Contribute online by Paypal or credit card at: Donate links can be found on every page of our website, too.
*Send a check to our mailbox:
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*Register with Type in Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia, Inc. to select us as the charity you want to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to RIF of NOVA. The 0.5% can really add up!
*If your workplace holds a United Way campaign, designate RIF of NOVA as your chosen philanthropy. Our United Way # is 8959.

*Celebrate a graduate, a birthday, or memorialize a loved one with a special donation.

Thank you for any donation -- no matter how big or small! And thank you for being part of the RIF of NOVA community!
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