Raina
Middle Grade Graphic Novelist
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Travels from: San Francisco, CA

“Telgemeier is prodigiously talented at telling cheerful stories with realistic portrayals of middle-school characters.” — Booklist, starred review

Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts, and Guts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include six Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists.

A critically acclaimed comics artist, Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, then moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. Now, Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Guts: A Graphic Novel

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A true story from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts!

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble isn’t going away… and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What’s going on?Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face — and conquer — her fears.

Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story

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Get ready to journal and learn to tell your own story with Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts!

Calling all fans of Raina Telgemeier!Have you ever thought about telling your own story, whether it be true or imagined? Are you interested in writing, drawing, or both? If the answers are yes, this fun, colorful, and interactive journal is for you! With guidance from Raina herself, brainstorm ideas, make lists, paste in personal photos, and use your imagination like never before to create your own stories. For additional inspiration, behind-the-scenes info from Raina’s own comics-making adventures is featured inside.

Ghosts: A Graphic Novel

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From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Drama, and Sisters!
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake — and her own.
Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.

Kristy’s Great Idea: A Graphic Novel (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1)

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A graphic novel adapted and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile!Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and founding members of The Baby-sitters Club. Whatever comes up — cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls — you can count on them to save the day. Baby-sitting isn’t always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. But no matter what, the BSC have what they need most: friendship.

Sisters: A Graphic Novel

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Raina Telgemeier’s #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning companion to Smile!

Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.

Drama: A Graphic Novel

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From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile and Sisters!

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department’s stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

Smile: A Graphic Novel

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Raina Telgemeier’s #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir based on her childhood!

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

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My Life in Comics | In-Person or Virtual (All Ages)

Raina will share a fast-paced visual lecture for the first 20 minutes, sharing her journey from kid reader/artist to teenage cartoonist to professional author—including where her ideas come from, using her life as a springboard for stories, and what inspired her style. She’ll share tons of art from milestones along the way, and offer a peak into the process of making a graphic novel! The remaining time will be spent creating artwork live for the audience, while simultaneously answering their questions.

60-minute lectures will include a live reading from one of her books, tapping members of the audience to participate with voices and sound effects!

Audience Size: Any, from small groups to large assemblies
40-60 minutes, Ages 7 and up

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Smile: A Look Inside | In-Person or Virtual (All Ages)

Raina will share a behind the scenes look at the creation of her graphic memoir Smile, discussing her memories of middle school, dentistry, frenemies, and finding solace in making comics. She’ll share anecdotes and a peek at the process of creating a graphic novel, and answer audience questions at the end.

60-minute lectures will include a live reading from Smile, tapping members of the audience to participate with voices and sound effects!

Audience Size: Any, from small groups to large assemblies
40-60 minutes, Ages 7 and up

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It Takes Guts | In-Person or Virtual (All Ages)

Raina will share a gentle look at the creation of her most recent graphic memoir Guts, discussing anxiety, fear, therapy, art, and friendship. She will include childhood photos and some process art to break down the making of a graphic novel, and discuss why it’s so important to share your inner world with those around you. There will be time for audience questions at the end. (Note: No imagery of throwing up will be included.)

Audience Size: Any, from small groups to large assemblies
40 minutes, Ages 9 and up

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Q&A Sessions | In-Person or Virtual (All Ages)

Q & A for groups who have read one or more of my books.

Audience Size: Classroom-size group
30 minutes, Ages 9 and up

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Turn Your Life Into A Comic | In-Person Only (All Ages)

Raina brings the magic of making comics right into the room, by soliciting stories from the audience and choosing one story to adapt into a one-page comic, in front of the audience’s eyes! All that’s needed is a marker and a large pad of drawing paper (or a drawing surface and an overhead projector).

Audience Size: Any, from small groups to large assemblies
60 minutes, Ages 7 and up

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Why Comics? | In-Person or Virtual (Adult Audiences)

Graphic novels are real books, and comics are real reading! Kids agree, but sometimes adults need convincing. We’ll talk about the magic of comics, how they inspire imagination and engagement, and frequently turn reluctant readers into insatiable devotees. We’ll also discuss book bans and challenges. Raina will share comic and graphic novel recommendations for all reading levels.

Audience Size: Classroom-size group or assembly
40 minutes, Adult and professional groups

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Graphic Novels: The Heart of the Matter | In-Person or Virtual (Adult Audiences)

What makes a work resonate with its readers? How do you use the medium of comics to push emotions further than images or words alone? Raina will share some of her tips and tricks, as well as discuss the fragile boundaries of what to include or not include on the page.

Audience Size: Classroom-size group
40 minutes, College and up

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Graphic Novels: Memoir and Middle Grade | In-Person or Virtual (Adult Audiences)

Adults interested in creating middle grade and memoir comics for the book publishing marketplace will hear an in-depth lecture about ideas, motivation, art school (is it worth it?), agents, editors, pitching, and tailoring their work for the intended audience. There will be plenty of time to ask questions, brainstorm, and exchange information.

Longer sessions may include limited time for critique of audience work, although this must be coordinated in advance.

Audience Size: Classroom-size group
40-60 minutes, College and up

Reading Rockets | Raina Telgemeier: Guts — let’s just talk about it

Gene Luen Yang and Raina Telgemeier at the San Francisco Public Library

Comic Con International | Raina and Robin in Conversation

Chatting with Raina Telgemeier | Reading Without Walls with Gene Yang

Library of Congress | Raina Telgemeier at 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival

Reading Rockets | Raina Telgemeier: Advice to my middle school self

Purchase Signed Books from Raina’s Hometown Bookstore

Smile Classroom Bookshelf Guide

Smile Discussion Guide

Ghosts Discussion Guide

A Guide to Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens

Honors, Awards & Recognition

#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
#1 Indie Bestseller
Multiple Eisner Award Winner
Boston Globe Horn Book Honor
Stonewall Honor
Kids Indie Next List
Indigo, TIME, Today Show, Goodreads, and NPR Best Book of 2019

Media Kit

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