Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List

The Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List seeks to highlight the best graphic novels for children ages 5-12 published in late 2020 and throughout 2021, increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections. The first list will be announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2022. List selection will be determined by a committee of GNCRT members with a background in selection or use of graphic novels for children. and children’s services.

Nominations for the 2021 Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List are now open.


Eligible graphic novels for the 2021 Best Graphic Novels for Children will include all fiction and non-fiction titles published between September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 that would appeal to children ages 5-12. Nominations can be made by committee members, members of the wider library and education community and members of the public through the online form.

Publishers are welcome to submit copies of titles to the GNCRT Best Graphic Novels for Children Selection Committee for review. To do so, please contact GNCRT staff liaison Tina Coleman. While publishers may submit review copies to the committee, publishers and creators may not nominate their own titles for consideration to the final list. By submitting review copies, publishers are assisting the committee with identifying potential eligible titles that may or may not be nominated for the list by committee members.

Best Graphic Novels for Children 2021 Selection Committee

  • Angela Frederick, Chair - High School Librarian, Williamson County Schools
  • Alessandra Affinito - Children's Librarian, New York Public Library
  • Kristi Henry
  • Lindsey Bailey - University of Southern Mississippi SLIS
  • Todd Krueger - Collection Development, Baltimore County Public Library
  • Angela Ocana - Youth Services Supervisor, Eugene Public Library
  • Deeba Rehman - Student, University of North Texas SLIS
  • Heather Rowan - Librarian I, Austin Public Library
  • Nhora Serrano - Associate Director for Digital Learning & Research, Hamilton College
  • Suzanne Temple - Metadata Librarian, NoveList
  • Kerrie Mierop
  • Dawn Zimmerer - Director of Youth Services, Madison County Library System
  • Caitlyn Seale, Committee Assistant