CBLDF was delighted last week to announce that celebrated children’s author Jennifer L. Holm was joining our Board of Directors, and Holm took a moment out of her busy schedule to talk to Graphic Novel Reporter‘s John Hogan about CBLDF and her plans for her tenure as a board member.
Holm is a bestselling author and three-time Newbery honoree who is well known in the comics world as the co-author with her brother Matthew Holm of the popular young readers graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish. She joined the CBLDF to help advance our work protecting the freedom to read comics, especially for younger readers.
In the interview with Graphic Novel Reporter, Hogan wasted no time asking Holm about what her mission as a CBLDF board member:
I see my mission as helping to open the lines of communication between librarians and educators and parents to talk about the importance of graphic novels as a literacy tool and help them to understand the medium. Comics are frequently misunderstood and challenged, which is why CBLDF is a partner in the Kids’ Right to Read Project. My aim is to help create more and better understanding about comics so that we can help reduce the number of challenges they face.
Hogan further asked Holm about was she planned to accomplish while working with CBLDF:
I’d really like to bring in the kids-comic part of the conversation. Comic creators for younger readers are helping to grow the next generation of comic book fans. But they also face unique challenges and censorship. CBLDF is ideal to support them and keep comics in the hands of kids.
You can check out the rest of the interview with Holm here.