YALSA announces plan to create annual graphic novel list for teens

Contact: Nichole Gilbert


For Immediate Release

July 25, 2005

YALSA announces plan to create annual graphic novel list for teens

CHICAGO-The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), plans to begin an annual list of graphic novels for teens. The decision to create the list was made at ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago, June 23 – 29, 2005.

The list, which is anticipated to debut at the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in 2007, will consist of long form stories or compilations of comics’ issues. Graphic novels will be judged on appropriateness for young adults aged 12-18, how well image and word are integrated, clarity of the panel’s flow on the page, ability of the images to convey the necessary meaning, and the quality of the artwork’s reproduction.

"With a teen population raised in the visual world of television, the Internet, cartoons and videogames, it's only natural that graphic novels are fast becoming the "book of choice" for many," said YALSA President Pam Spencer-Holley. "The expertise of YALSA members will be invaluable in the compilation of this list."

A committee of 11 YALSA members, both school and public librarians, will select the graphic novels that appear on the list. Nominations for inclusion on the list will be solicited from teens, YALSA members, and the committee.

YALSA members who are interested in serving on the Graphic Novels committee should fill out the Committee Volunteer form found in the Join Us section of the YALSA Web site,

For more information about YALSA booklists, please visit the Web at
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by e-mail:
yalsa@ala.org, or phone: 1(800) 545-2433 ext. 4390.