#YearofYA Goes Graphic April 2019

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We always love bringing Graphic Novels in the spotlight with #YearofYA! So much so, that graphic novels seem to sneak into our choices each month, for any topic!


It’s been awhile since we’ve had a whole month around graphic novels, so we felt it was time to take a look at some of the new titles, series, and authors/illustrators that have emerged in the last couple years.


2018/early 2019 has seen some graphics get well-deserved attention in Hey Kiddo as National Book Award finalist, The Unwanted earning YALSA excellence in nonfiction & the Sibert Honor, and Check Please! As a Morris finalists. It would be shameful to miss reading these stories, delivered in a format that is becoming increasingly popular with young readers.


What’s amazing about the ongoing growth of Graphic Novels is how many unique stories are being told through this format: retellings of favorite YA texts like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, glimpses into history like Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, and informational products that teach readers everything from the journey of a refugee, to the struggles of mental illness, and how to better understand using pronouns and gender identity. Art is a powerful way to communicate stories – both fictional and true.


Enjoy this month – if you are a reader of GNs already, share some of your favorite in the comments or on twitter using #YearofYA! And if this is not a format you typically explore, grab a story that sounds interesting to you and see how it goes!


As always with #YearofYA, we pick the theme (in this case, a format!) and YOU choose the books!


Lists & Resources:

YALSA Great Graphic Novels {links to many lists}

YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2019

YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2019 nominees (even more titles to explore!)

YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2018

Chicago Public Library Best Comics & Graphic Novels for Teens 2018

Epic Reads 29 Must-Have Graphic Novels for your Collection

Book Riot Teen Graphic Novel Releases Aug-Dec 2018

Book Riot Teen Graphic Novel Releases Jan-March 2019

Comics and Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers

Award Winners! #YearofYA March 2019

Award Winners - March 2019


Booknerds everywhere get excited (and frustrated!) when it’s book award season! Now that the ALA Youth Media Awards have been announced, we figured we’d celebrate award winners – from ALA along with other favorites. And don’t worry if your favorite didn’t get the love you feel it deserved… we might have a question for that! As always with our themes, you have the freedom to pick titles that interest YOU.


Below are just a few of our favorite award lists! If you want to share more and read from something different, send ideas our way!


ALA Youth Media Awards

Book Shimmy Awards by EPIC Reads

CYBLIS awards – Children and YA Bloggers awards!

Goodreads Award Winners

National Book Awards