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YALSA Announces 2020 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2020 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

Designed to aid Young Adult librarians with graphic novel collections, the list presents graphic novels published in the past 16 months, selected for proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of teens. Additionally, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee has chosen a Top Ten list from the overall titles which they feel "meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens." The list encompasses a wide variety of genres and subjects, from off-beat superheroes, to mysterious villainous sidekicks, middle school drama, roller derby, and more. 

Presented here is a spotlight on the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten titles, with the full list below. Bold titles denote Diamond publishers. To see all the titles featured on YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list from Diamond publishers, click here.


Presented below is the full list of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens, encompassing over 100 total graphic novels and separated between Nonfiction and Fiction titles. Overall, 12 of the graphic novels are from Diamond publishers.

FICTION

  • Ao Haru Ride. By Io Sakisaka. Art by the author. 2019.
    • Vol. 3. VIZ Media. $9.99. ISBN: 978-1974702671.
    • Vol. 4. VIZ Media. $9.99. ISBN: 978-1974702688.
    • Vol. 5. VIZ Media. $9.99. ISBN: 978-1974702695.
  • Ascender, Volume 1. By Jeff Lemire. Art by Dustin Nguyen. Image Comics. 2019. $9.99. ISBN: 978-1534313484. 
  • The Avant-Guards, Volume 1. By Carly Usdin. Art by Noah Hayes. Boom! Studios. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1684153671. 
  • Become You, Volume 1. By Ichigo Takano. Art by the author. Seven Seas Entertainment. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1642756852. 
  • Beyonders, Volume 1: The Mapmakers. By Paul Jenkins. Art by Wesley St.Claire. Aftershock. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1949028065. 
  • Blackbird, Volume 1. By Sam Humphries. Art by Jen Bartel. Image Comics. 2019. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1534312593. 
  • Blackwood. By Evan Dorkin. Art by Veronica Fish, Andy Fish. Dark Horse. 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1506707426. 
  • Bloom. By Kevin Panetta. Art by Savanna Ganucheau. First Second. 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1626726413. 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Volume 1, High School Is Hell. By Jordie Bellaire. Art by Dan Mora, Raul Angulo. Boom! Studios. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1684153572. 
  • Cosmoknights: Book One. By Hannah Templer. Art by the author. Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing. 2019. $19.99. ISBN: 978-1603094542. 
  • Coyotes, Volume 2. By Sean Lewis. Art by Caitlin Yarsky. Image Comics. 2019. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1534310315.    
  • The Crossover: Graphic Novel. By Kwame Alexander. Art by Dawud Anyabwile. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1328575494. 
  • Crowded, Volume 1. By Christopher Sebela. Art by Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Triona Farrell, Cardinal Rae. Image Comics. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1534310544. 
  • Fence. By C.S. Pascat. Art by Johanna the Mad. 2019.
    • Vol. 2. Boom! Box. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1684152971.
    • Vol. 3. Boom! Box. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1684153343.
  • Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection. By Junji Ito. Art by the author. Viz Media. 2018. $22.99. ISBN: 978-1974703760. 
  • Giant Days: Early Registration. By John Allison. Art by the author. Boom! Box. 2018. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1684152650. 
  • Giant Days. By John Allison. Art by Max Sarin, Julia Madrigal. 2019.
    • Vol. 9. Boom! Box. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1684153107.
    • Vol. 10. Boom! Box. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1684153718.
  • The Giver: Graphic Novel. By Lois Lowry. Art by P. Craig Russell. HMH Books for Young Readers. 2019. $22.99. ISBN: 978-0544157880. 
  • Grimoire Noir. By Vera Greentea. Art by Yana Bogatch. First Second. 2019. $19.95. ISBN: 978-1626725980. 
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass. By Mariko Tamaki. Art by Steve Pugh. DC Comics. 2019. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1401283292.  
  • The Highest House: Book One. By Mike Carey. Art by Peter Gross. IDW Publishing. 2018. $24.99. ISBN: 978-1684053544. 
  • Hot Comb. By Ebony Flowers. Art by the author. Drawn and Quarterly. 2019. $21.95. ISBN: 978-1770463486. 
  • Hotel Dare. By Terry Blas. Art by Claudia Aguirre. Boom! Studios. 2019. $9.99. ISBN: 978-1684152056. 
  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. By Yoru Sumino. Art by Idumi Kirihara. Seven Seas Entertainment. 2019. $19.99. ISBN: 978-1642750324. 
  • Ignited, Volume 1. By Mark Waid and Kwanza Osalyefo. Art by Phil Briones, John Cassaday.  Humanoids. 2019. $14.95. ISBN: 9781534301894. 
  • The Iliad. By Gareth Hinds. Art by the author. Candlewick Press. 2019. $27.99. ISBN: 978-0763681135. 
  • Ironheart, Volume 1: Those with Courage. By Eve L. Ewing. Art by Kevin Libranda, Luciano Vecchio, Matt Milla. Marvel Comics. 2019. $15.99. ISBN: 978-1302915087. 
  • Isola, Volume 1. By Brenden Fletcher. Art by Karl Kerschl, MSASSYK. Image Comics. 2018. $9.99. ISBN: 978-1534309227.
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise, Volume 1. By Spica Aoki. Art by the author. Yen Press. 2019. $13.00. ISBN: 9781975357054. 
  • Kiss Number 8. By Colleen AF Venable. Art by Ellen T. Crenshaw. First Second. 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1596437098. 
  • Last Pick: Born to Run. By Jason Waltz. Art by the author. First Second. 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1626728936. 
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. By Mariko Tamaki. Art by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell. First Second. 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1626722590.  
  • Love in Focus. By Yoko Nogiri. Art by the author. 2019.
    • Vol. 1. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. ISBN: 978-1632367686.
    • Vol. 2. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. ISBN: 978-1632367693.
    • Vol. 3. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. ISBN: 978-1632367969.
  • Manuelito. By Elisa Amado. Art by Abraham Urias. Annick Press. 2019. $19.95. ISBN: 978-1773212661. 
  • Mech Cadet Yu. By Greg Pak. Art by Takeshi Miyazawa.
    • Vol. 2. Boom! Studios. 2018. $14.99. ISBN: 9781684152537.
    • Vol. 3. Boom! Studios. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 9781684153374.
  • Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: Little Women. By Rey Terceiro. Art by Bre Indigo. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-0316522885. 
  • Middlewest: Book One. By Scottie Young. Art by Jorge Corona, Mike Huddleston. Image Comics. 2019. $9.99. ISBN: 978-1534312173. 
  • Midwinter Witch. By Molly Knox Ostertag. Art by the author. Scholastic Graphix. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1338540550. 
  • Miles Morales: Straight Out Of Brooklyn. By Saladin Ahmed. Art by Javier Garron. Marvel Comics. 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1302914783. 
  • Mob Psycho 100. By ONE. Art by the author.
    • Vol. 1. Dark Horse Manga. 2018. $11.99. ISBN: 978-1506709871. 
    • Vol. 2. Dark Horse Manga. 2019. $11.99. ISBN: 978-1506709888. 
    • Vol. 3. Dark Horse Manga. 2019. $11.99. ISBN: 978-1506709895.
  • Mooncakes. By Suzanne Walker. Art by Wendy Xu. Lion Forge. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1549303043.   
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: Destined. By Saladin Ahmed. Art by Minkyu Jung. Marvel. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1302918293.  
  • Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom. By Kelly Thompson. Art by Jenn St. Onge. Dynamite Entertainment. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1524108496.  
  • New Kid. By Jerry Craft. Art by the author. HarperCollins Publishers. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-0062691194. 
  • The Okay Witch. By Emma Steinkeller. Art by the author. Aladdin. 2019. $20.99. ISBN: 978-1534431461. 
  • Operatic. By Kyo Maclear. Art by Byron Eggenschwiler. Groundworks Books. 2019. $19.99 ISBN: 978-1554989720. 
  • Our Dreams at Dusk. By Yuhki Kamatani. Art by the author. 2019.
    • Vol. 1. Seven Seas. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1642750607.
    • Vol. 2. Seven Seas. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1642750607.
    • Vol. 3. Seven Seas. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1642750621.
  • Outpost Zero. By Sean Kelly McKeever. Art by Alexandre Tengfenki, Jean-François Beaulieu. 2019.
    • Vol. 1, The Smallest Town in the Universe. Image Comics. $14.99 ISBN: 978-1534306929.
    • Vol. 2, Follow it Down. Image Comics. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1534312166.
  • Paper Girls. By Brian K. Vaughan. Art by Cliff Chiang.
    • Vol. 5Image Comics. 2018. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1534308671.
    • Vol. 6. Image Comics. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1534313248.
  • Pumpkinheads. By Rainbow Rowell. Art by Faith Erin Hicks. First Second. 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1626721623. 
  • Queen of the Sea. By Dylan Mecoonis. Art by the author. Candlewick. 2019. $24.99. ISBN: 978-1536204988. 
  • Quincredible, Volume 1: Quest to Be the Best! By Rodney Barnes. Art by Selina Espiritu. Lion Forge. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 9781549302824. 
  • Ronin Island, Volume 1. By Greg Pak. Art by Giannis Milonogiannis. Boom! Studios. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1684154593. 
  • Runaways. By Rainbow Rowell. Art by Andres Genolet, Kris Anka & David Lafuente. 2019.
    • Vol. 3, That Was Yesterday. Marvel Comics. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1302914134.
    • Vol. 4, But You Can’t Hide. Marvel Comics. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1302918019.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch. By Kelly Thompson. Art by Veronica Fish. Archie Comics. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1682558058. 
  • Satoko and Nada. By Anashin. Art by the author.
    • Vol. 1. Seven Seas Entertainment. 2018. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1626929098.
    • Vol. 2. Seven Seas Entertainment. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1626929852.
  • Sea Sirens: A Trot & Cap'n Bill Adventure. By Amy Chu. Art by Janet K. Lee. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-0451480170. 
  • Shuri, Volume 1: The Search for Black Panther. By Nnedi Okorafor. Art by Leonardo Romero. Marvel Comics. 2019. $10.99. ISBN: 978-1302915230. 
  • Simon & Louise. By Max de Radiguès. Art by the author. Conundrum Press. 2019. $18.00. ISBN: 978-1772620351.  
  • Sincerely, Harriet. By Sarah Winifred Searle. Art by the author. Graphic Universe. 2019. $11.99. ISBN: 978-1541545298. 
  • Skyward. By Joe Henderson. Art by Lee Garbett. 2019.
    • Vol. 2, Here There Be Dragonflies. Image Comics. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1534308817.
    • Vol. 3, Fix the World. Image Comics. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1534312432.
  • Sleepless, Volume 2. By Sarah Vaughn. Art by Leila del Ducca. Image Comics. 2019. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1534310582.  
  • Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection. By Junji Ito. Art by the author. VIZ Media. 2019. $22.99. ISBN: 978-1421598468. 
  • Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, Volume 2: Impossible Year. By Seanan McGuire. Art by Takeshi Miyazawa, Rosi Kampe. Marvel Comics. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1302914776. 
  • Stage Dreams. By Melanie Gillman. Art by the author. Graphic Universe. 2019. $10.99. ISBN: 978-1541572843. 
  • Stargazing. By Jen Wang. Art by the author. First Second. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1250183880.  
  • Stephen McCranie's Space Boy. By Stephen McCranie. Art by the author. 2019.
    • Vol. 2. Dark Horse Books. $10.99. ISBN:9781506706801.
    • Vol. 3. Dark Horse Books. $10.99. ISBN:9781506708423.
    • Vol. 4. Dark Horse Books. $10.99. ISBN:9781506708430.
  • Submerged. By Vita Ayala. Art by Lisa Sterle. Vault Comics. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1939424426. 
  • Surviving the City. By Tasha Spillet. Art by Natasha Donovan. HighWater Press. 2019. $18.95. ISBN: 978-1553797562. 
  • Teen Titans: Raven. By Kami Garcia. Art by Gabriel Picolo. DC Comics. 2019. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1401286231. 
  • This Was Our Pact. By Ryan Andrews. Art by the author. First Second. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1626720534. 
  • The Unstoppable Wasp, Unlimited. By Jeremy Whitley. Art by Gurihiru, Alti Firmansyah. 2019.
    • Vol. 1, Fix Everything. Marvel Comics. $15.99. ISBN: 978-1302914264.
    • Vol. 2, Unstoppable! Marvel Comic. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1532143663.
  • West Coast Avengers. By Kelly Thompson. Art by Daniele Di Nicuolo, Gang Yuk Lim, Moy R, Stefano Caselli, Triona Farrell. 2019.
    • Vol. 1, Best Coast. Marvel Comics. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1302913458.
    • Vol. 2, City of Evils. Marvel Comics. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1302913465.
  • Witch Hat Atelier. By Kamome Shirahama. Art by the author. 2019.
    • Vol. 1. Kodansha Comics. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1632367709.
    • Vol. 2. Kodansha Comics. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1632368041.
    • Vol. 3. Kodansha Comics. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1632368058.
  • Witchy. By Ariel Slamet Ries. Art by the author. Lion Forge. 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 9781549304811. 
  • Woman World. By Aminder Dhaliwal. Art by the author. Drawn and Quarterly. 2018. $24.95. ISBN: 978-1770463356. 
  • Wonderland. By Yugo Ishikawa. Art by the author.
    • Vol. 1. Seven Seas Entertainment. 2018. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1626929081.
    • Vol. 2. Seven Seas Entertainment. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1626929982.
    • Vol. 3. Seven Seas Entertainment. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1642751277.
  • X-23. By Mariko Tamaki. Art by Juann Cabal, Marcio Fiorito, Georges Duarte, Diego Oloregui. 2019.
    • Vol. 1, Family Album. Marvel Comics. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1302913083.
    • Vol. 2, X - Assassin. Marvel Comics. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1302916862.

NONFICTION

  • Best Friends. By Shannon Hale. Art by LeUyen Pham. First Second. 2019. $12.99. ISBN: 978-1250317469.  
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey. By Akiko Higashimura. Art by the author. 2019. 
    • Vol. 1. Seven Seas Entertainment. $13.99. ISBN: 978-1642750690.
    • Vol. 2. Seven Seas Entertainment. $13.99. ISBN: 978-1642750706.
  • Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyre. By Glynnis Fawkes. Art by the author. Disney Hyperion. 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1368023290.
  • The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. By John Hendrix. Art by the author. Abrams ComicArts. 2018. $24.99. ISBN: 978-1419728389. 
  • Femme Magnifique: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed The World. By Shelly Bond. Art by various. Black Crown. 2018. $29.99. ISBN: 978-1684053209.  
  • Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918. By Don Brown. Art by the author. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2019. $18.99. ISBN: 978-0544837409. 
  • Gender Queer: A Memoir. By Maia Kobabe. Art by the author. Lion Forge. 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1549304002.  
  • Grass. By Keum Suk Gendry-Kim. Art by the author. Drawn and Quarterly. 2019. $29.95. ISBN: 978-1770463622. 
  • Guts. By Raina Telgemeier. Art by the author. Scholastic. 2019. $24.99. ISBN: 978-0545852517. 
  • Hawking. By Jim Ottaviani. Art by Leland Myrick. First Second. 2019. $29.99. ISBN: 9781620103838. 
  • I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation. By Natalie Nourigat. Art by the author. Boom! Box. 2019. $9.99. ISBN: 978-1684152919. 
  • I Was Their American Dream: a Graphic Memoir. By Malaka Gharib. Art by the author. Clarkson Potter. 2019. $16.99. ISBN: 978-0525575115.  
  • In Waves. By AJ Dungo. Art by the author. Nobrow. 2019. $18.95. ISBN: 978-1910620632. 
  • King of King Court. By Travis Dandro. Art by the author. Drawn and Quarterly. 2019. $29.95. ISBN: 978-1770463592.  
  • Let’s Make Ramen! A Comic Book Cookbook. By Hugh Amano. Art by Sarah Becan. Ten Speed Press. 2019. $19.99. ISBN: 978-0399581991. 
  • The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom. By David F. Walker. Art by Damon Smyth, Marissa Louise. Ten Speed Press. 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 978-0399581441. 
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities. By Mady G. Art by Mady G., J.R. Zuckerberg. Limerence Press. 2019. $9.99. ISBN: 978-1620105863.  
  • They Called Us Enemy. By George Takei and Justin Eisinger. Art by Harmony Becker. Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing. 2019. $19.99. ISBN: 978-1603094504. 
  • This Land is My Land: A Graphic History of Big Dreams, Micronations, and Other Self-Made States. By Andy Warner. Art by Sofie Louise Dam. Chronicle Books. 2019. $19.95. ISBN: 978-1452170183.