As has often been the case in recent years, there were several graphic novels on the list of honorees at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, which took place in Philadelphia this year.
March, Book One, the graphic-novel memoir of Congressman John Lewis’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement, was named a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book. This award recognizes “an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.” Andrew Aydin co-authored the book, which was illustrated by Nate Powell.
Relish, by Lucy Knisley, was one of ten books to be selected for a Alex Award, which honors “adult books that appeal to teen audiences.” The book follows Knisley from childhood to young adulthood in a series of vignettes about food and family, punctuated with recipes.
Chip Kidd’s Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
And Brian Selznick, author of the comic-ish The Invention of Hugo Cabret, received the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award.