Smile rarely takes a nap on the shelf. Hardcore fans browse libraries and bookshops, waiting to tell unsuspecting patrons about Telgemeier’s graphic memoir. I recently witnessed a 5th grader put it in a friend’s hand, guide her toward the circulation desk, and, in a loving manner, yell: YOU MUST CHECK THIS OUT NOW AND TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE MORNING!

The uniqueness of Smile is its ability to be two different books to two different readers. To those who choose Smile knowing it is a memoir, it’s a riveting tale of Raina Telgemeier’s life. To those who do not realize it is a memoir, Smile is a fascinating tale of Raina, written by an author who, coincidentally, shares the same name. A perfect, well-crafted story. (originally posted on

Read a sample page from Smile.

Three questions with Raina and Dave Roman.

Read Raina's webcomics.

Create your own Smile graphic novel.

Download Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens: A Guide for Teachers and Librarians.

Raina talks about The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels.

Which babysitter are you?

Borrow Smile from your school or public library. Please support independent bookshops.


  1. I already loved Smile when I read the ARC but knowing it's a memoir gives it a deeper hold on my heart!


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