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Other Graphic Novel Winners on ALA Lists

Snow Wildsmith

During the American Library Association‘s Midwinter Meeting, hardworking librarians met to finalize booklists that they had been working on all year. Many readers know about the ever popular/ever discussed Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, but what graphic novels (and books of interest to graphic novel readers) made it on to other lists? Here’s a short recap:

From the Association for Library Service to Children

Notable Children’s Books 
Davis, Eleanor. Stinky. RAW Junior/TOON Books, $12.95 (9780979923845). (Also a 2009 Geisel Honor Book)
Hale, Shannon and Dean Hale. Rapunzel’s Revenge. Illus. by Nathan Hale. Bloomsbury, $18.99(9781599900704).
Nobleman, Marc Tyler. Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman. Illus. by Ross MacDonald. Knopf, $16.99 (9780375838026).

From the Young Adult Library Services Association

Best Books for Young Adults
Barry, Lynda. What It Is. Drawn and Quarterly. 2008. 978-1-897299-35-7.
Kibuishi, Kazu. Amulet: Book 1: The Stone Keeper. Scholastic/Graphix. 2008. 978-0-439-84680-6.
Porcellino, John. Thoreau at Walden. Hyperion. 2008. 978-1-4231-0038-6.
Tamaki, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Skim. House of Anansi Press / Groundwood Books. 2008. 978-0-88899-753-1. (Also a Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults)
Wood, Don. Into the Volcano. Scholastic. 2008. 978-0-439-72671-9.

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Death & Dying list
Kubo, Tite. Bleach, Volume 1. 2004. VIZ Media. 978-1-591-16441-8.
Ohba, Tsugumi. Deathnote, Volume 1. Illus. by Takeshi Obata. 2005. VIZ Media. 978-1-421-50168-0.
Shiomi, Chika. Yurara, Volume 1. 2007. VIZ Media. 978-1-421-51350-8.

Fame and Fortune list
Nakamura, Yoshiki. Skip Beat, Volume 1. 2006. VIZ Media. 978-1-421-50585-5.
Shin, Ji-Sang and Geo. Chocolat, Volume 1. 2005. Yen Press. 978-8-952-74453-1.
Tamaki, Mariko. Emiko Superstar. Illus. by Steve Rolston. 2008. Minx. 978-1-401-21536-1.

Journey>Destination list
Kiyuduki, Satoko. Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro, Volume 1. 2008. Yen Press. 978-0-759-52897-0.
Kurata, Hideyuki. Train + Train, Volume 1. Illus. by Tomomasa Takuma. 2007. Go Comi! 978-1-933-61718-3.
Steinberger, Aimee Major. Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan. 2007. Go Comi! 978-1-933-617831.

Spies and Intrigue list
Colfer, Eoin and Andrew Donkin. Artemis Fowl: the graphic novel. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano. 2007. Hyperion. 978-0-786-84882-9.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Abel, Jessica, and Soria, Gabriel. Life Sucks. 2008. First Second. 978-1-59643-107-2. (Also a Top Ten Quick Pick)
Black, Holly and Naifeh, Ted (Illus.). Good Neighbors: Kin. Scholastic. 978-0439855624.
Carey, Percy and Wimberly, Ronald (Illus.). Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm. 2007. Vertigo. 978-1-4-12-1046-5.
Comickers Magazine. Comickers Art 2: Create Amazing Manga Characters. 2008. HarperCollins. 978-0061452543.
Hague, Michael. In the Small. 2008. Little Brown. 978-0-316-01323-4.
Horowitz, Anthony and Johnston, Antony. Point Blank: The Graphic Novel. 2008. Philomel. 978-0-399-25026-2.
Kibuishi, Kazu, ed. Flight: Vol. 4. 2007. Villard. 978-0-345-49040-7.
Li, Yishan. 500 Manga Creatures. 2008. HarperCollins. 978-4921205072.
The Manga University Culinary Institute and Hattori, Chihiro. The Manga Cookbook. 2007. Japanime Co. Ltd. 978-4921205072.
Saffel, Steve. Spider-Man, The Icon. 2007. Titan Books. 978-1-845-76685-6.
Spears, Rick and BB, Chuck (Illus.). Black Metal, Vol. 1. 2007. Oni Press. 978-1932664720.
Steinberger, Major Aimee.  Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan. 2007. Go! Media. 978-1-933617-83-1.
Trondheim, Lewis. Kaput and Zosky. 2008. Roaring Brook Press. 978-1-59643-132-4.

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, and publishers listed and happy reading to you!

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Snow Wildsmith About Snow Wildsmith

Snow Wildsmith is a writer and former teen librarian. She has served on several committees for the American Library Association/Young Adult Library Services Association, including the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She reviews graphic novels for Booklist, ICv2's Guide, No Flying No Tights, and Good Comics for Kids and also writes booktalks and creates recommended reading lists for Ebsco's NoveList database. Currently she is working on her first books, a nonfiction series for teens.

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