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Graphic Novels

Graphic Novel Resources

The following lists of graphic novels are recommended for purchase by public libraries serving youth. Books were selected based on quality of text, artwork and overall appeal. The titles and suggested age levels serve only as a guide; librarians are encouraged to determine what is best for their collections.

Graphic Novels for Younger Children 

Graphic Novels for Tweens

Graphic Novels for Teens

Graphic Novels: Professional Books and Awards

 Explore the websites below for collection development advice and book reviews.

Book Wholesaler’s Incorporated - Leading vendor of graphic novels.  Sign up for a free TitleTales account to gain access to free collection development lists for graphic novels.

Brodart Company - Brodart’s graphic novel resources, including various core collection lists. 

Columbia University’s Graphic Novels Page - Columbia’s extensive subject guide to graphic novels.

Carlson, Joanna Draper. Comics Worth Reading - Contains quality graphic novel reviews from a respected comic book reviewer and pop culture scholar. It also has blogs featuring the latest news on graphic novels and series that may have went under the radar.

Comic Book Resources - Features information about the comics industry including columns from writers discussing the latest issues taking place in comics.

Cooperative Children's Book Center - Guide to graphic novels with recommended titles for children and teens. 

Diamond Comics - Diamond’s free resources and core collection lists.   

GNLIB: Graphic Novels in Libraries - An electronic discussion list maintained by Steve Miller where librarians can discuss all sorts of issues related to comics and libraries.

Graphic Novels: Suggestions for Librarians - A helpful guide to collecting graphic novels prepared by The National Coalition Against Censorship, The American Library Association, and The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

The Librarian’s Guide to Anime and Manga - Maintained by Gilles Poitras, this site goes beyond merely offering definitions and such and goes into the cultural differences between Japanese and American manga as well as issues librarians need to consider when making selection choices.

No Flying, No Tights - Robins Brenner’s must see graphic novel reviews for all ages. 

Recommended Graphic Novels for Public Libraries - Steve Raiteri’s reviews and core collection lists of graphic novels.

What Parents, Teens, Teachers, and Librarians Want to Know about Comics and Graphic Novels - Not only an informative resource for librarians, but a great resource that can be shared with parents, teachers, and even teen readers.

YALSA - The Young Adult Library Services Association division of ALA.  Great Graphic Novels list debuted in January 2007. 


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Information Updated:11/21/2013