For immediate release | January 22, 2019

YALSA names 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

The list consists of 138 titles selected from 205 official nominations, which were posted and discussed in blogposts on The Hub. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. View the full list at

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

  • Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation. By Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky. 2018. Pantheon, $24.95 (9781101871799).
  • Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction. By Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9780545902472).
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees. By Don Brown. Illus. by the author. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 (9781328810151).
  • Crush. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2018. JY, $11.00 (9780316363242).
  • Illegal. By Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano. 2018. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $20.00 (9781492662143).
  • My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2. By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2018. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871539).
  • On a Sunbeam. By Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $32.99 (9781250178145).
  • Royal City. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99
    • V.2. Sonic Youth (9781534305526).
    • V.3. We All Float On (9781534308497).
  • Silver Spoon. By Hiromu Arakawa. Illus. by the author. 2018.Yen Press, $15.00
    • V.1. (9780316416191).
    • V.2. (9781975326197).
    • V.3. (9781975327460).
    • V.4. (9781975327590).
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll. 2018. Farrar Straus Giroux, $19.99 (9780374300289).

The suggestion form for the 2020 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list is open. If you’d like to suggest a title to the blogging team for consideration as a nominee, please fill out the form.

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.

Members of the 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Blogging Team are: Tina H. Lerno, chair, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA; Silence R. Bourn, Orlando Public Library, Orlando, FL; Amanda Cain, County of Los Angeles Public Library, Newhall, CA; Kate Covintree, The Wheeler School, Providence, RI; Meaghan Darling, Long Hill Township Public Library, Gillette, NJ; Amy Estersohn, Hommocks Middle School, Scarsdale, NY; Janis B. Fox, Thomasville Middle School, Thomasville, NC; Lindsey Helfrich, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA; Kristy Kemper Hodge, Corcallis-Benton County Public Library, Corvallis, OR; Wendy Knight, Troup-Harris Regional Library, Lagrange, GA; Kristina Langlais, Philadelphia, PA; Amanda Melilli, UNLV - Teacher Development & Resources Library, Las Vegas, NV; Jessica Ormonde, San Mateo County Libraries, Pacifica, CA; Jennifer D. Siron, Los Angeles Public Library, Chatsworth, CA; Loren Spector, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA; Emily Tobin, Rock Island Public Library, Rock Island, IL.

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail:


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)