As Blog@ was quick to notice, the School Library Journal has posted a summer reading list of good comics for kids that celebrate America's cultural diversity.

Choosing from a variety of publishers and genres, the list captures the spirit of contemporary graphic novels for preteens and teens alike. Among those selected are Gene Luen Yang's "American Born Chinese," which addresses what it's like to be a first-generation American born of immigrant parents and Marshall Poe and Ellen Lindner's "Little Rock Nine," which tells the true story of the nine black students who faced the then-controversial integration of the all-white Little Rock High School in 1954.

Many mainstream titles also found their way onto the list. Marvel's "Young Avengers" and "Runaways" made the cut for featuring gay and lesbian lead characters while DC Comics' "Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War" and "Blue Beetle: Shellshocked" demonstrated the ability of many cultures to band together as one.

The list is intended include graphic novels that reflect cultural diversity and how it's perceived in American society. While it focuses on current releases, the list makes for a pretty strong starting point for young readers interested in a balance of weighty topics like religion and racism to the simpler escapism of good people in costumes hitting bad people in costumes.