Best Graphic Novels Reading Lists

Best Graphic Novels for Adults

The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List highlights the best graphic novels for adults published each year. The list aims to increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections.

Eligible graphic novels for the 2021 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List will include all fiction and non-fiction titles published between September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 that appeal to adults age 19 or older. The 2021 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 graphic novel selection and use for adults. 

Nominations can be made by all members of the public, including committee members and ALA members.

Best Graphic Novels for Children

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.

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.

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