Behind the Bun: YALSA Gets Graphic! Great Graphic Novels for Teens! ~ What'cha Reading?

Behind the Bun: YALSA Gets Graphic! Great Graphic Novels for Teens!


ala-logoI love ALA Midwinter. What is ALA Midwinter? It’s the Mid-Winter meeting of the American Library Association, where we gather from far and wide to wander the exhibit halls, meet other librarians, and find out who’s winning awards this year. It’s where we find out which books are winning Caledecott Honors (picture books), Newbery Honors (novels), Coretta Scott King Awards (African-American authors and illustrators), Pura Belpre Awards (Latino/a authors and illustrators), and the Alex Awards (adult books that cross over well to teens and young adults)

ALA Midwinter also brings one of my favorite announcements, the Young Adult Library Services Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. This year, I’m excited to say that we WhatchaReaders have read and reviewed a chunk of the winners. There are some amazing books out there for you to read and talk up to the teens in your life.

Can you imagine? We’re getting a list of great graphic novels for teens? It’s an exciting time to be a kid and a teen, folks. Educators understand that graphic novels WORK. They help kids make connections, and they help kids digest dense material. They teach young readers that events happen in a sequence. They can see cause and effect play out right in front of them. Graphic novels for all!

Here are a few of the winners, with links to reviews. As you can see, there’s something for everyone’s interests here!

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About Author

Rosemary Kiladitis is a children’s librarian, a mom, and a proud fangirl/nerdgirl. She did her homework while watching reruns of the 1966 Batman series, which led to her longstanding relationship with the Bat, and she’s pretty sure that Barbara Gordon is the real reason she went to library school. She loves superheroes, supervillains, and is secretly married to Hellboy. Or Loki. She can’t remember, but it’s one of them. Roe blogs about children’s and teen books at, and you can read her 140 character ramblings on twitter @RoeSolo.

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