YALSA names 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/31/2017


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

The list of 104 titles, drawn from 145 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The full list can be viewed at www.ala.org/yalsa/great-graphic-novels.

In addition to the full list, the committee chose the following titles as its top ten:

  • Allison, John and Lissa Treiman.
    • Giant Days, Volume 1.  2015.  Illus. Boom! Box. 9781608867899.
    • Giant Days, Volume 2.  2016.  Illus. Boom! Box. 9781608868049.
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi and Brian Stelfreeze.  Black Panther, Book One:  A Nation Under Our Feet.  2016.  Illus. Marvel Comics. 9781302900533.    
  • Hatke, Ben.  Mighty Jack. 2016. Illus. First Second. 9781626722644. 
  • Lemire, Jeff and Emi Lennox.  Plutona. 2016.  Illus. Image Comics. 9781632156013. 
  • Lewis, John, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.  March: Book Three. 2016. Illus. Top Shelf. 9781603094023. 
  • Ross, Edward.  Filmish: a Graphic Journey Through Film. 2015. Illus. Self Made Hero. 9781910593035. 
  • Russel, Mark, Ben Caldwell, and Mark Morales. Prez, Volume 1:Corndog in Chief.  2016. Illus. DC Comics. 9781401259792. 
  • Takno, Ichigo.  orange: The Complete Collection 1. 2016. Illus. Seven Seas Entertainment.  9781626923027. 
  • Vaughan, Brian K. and Cliff Chiang.  Paper Girls 1. 2016. Illus. Image. 9781632156747.
  • Vaughan, Brian K., Steve Skroce, and Matt Hollingsworth.  We Stand On Guard. 2016. Illus. Image. 9781632157027. 

“I am so excited to share the list that the 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection committee thought were the best comics, graphic novels, and manga for teens. The committee worked so hard reading, finding hidden gems, nominating and discussing all the titles this year, and I am so proud of them and their efforts,” said Chair Traci Glass.  “Our ultimate goal was to create a list that would spotlight well known favorites as well as titles that although not as well known, are just as important and beautiful. We are so proud of our list and are excited to hear about librarians, parents, families and teens finding their new favorite book among this list of 104 exceptional titles.”

Members of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee are: Traci Glass, chair, Eugene Public Library, Eugene, OR; Molly Collins, Tewksbury Public Library, Tewksbury, MA; Kim Farnsworth, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA; Jennifer Hartley, Danville Public Library, Danville, VA; Bethni King, Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, TX; Robin Fogle Kurz, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS; Annette Lesak, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, IL; Alea Perez, Westmont Public Library, Westmont, IL; Nikki Santiago, Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA; Nate Wagner, Carol Stream Public Library, Carol Stream, IL; Emily Williams, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, OK.

YALSA’s portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for and with teens by identifying quality, age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with the teens in their communities. Learn more about YALSA’s other book and media lists here.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.