Each year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) division of the American Library Association selects a list of graphic novels suited for readers ages 12–18. Since it first premiered in 2007, the list has been inspiring young readers and guiding parents, teachers, and librarians to make age-appropriate selections for the young adults in their lives. Click here to see the Top 10 GGNFT lists for each year.
Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2013
- Backderf, Derf. My Friend Dahmer. 2012, illus., Abrams, paper, $17.95, 978-1419702174.
- Fetter-Vorm, Jonathan. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb. 2012, illus., Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Hill and Wang, $22.00, 978-0809094684.
- Lambert, Joseph. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller. 2012, illus., Disney Hyperion/Disney Book Group, $17.99, 978-1423113362.
- Bendis, Brian Michael and Sara Pichelli. Ultimate Comics Spider-man, V.1. 2012, illus., Marvel, $24.99, 978-0785157120.
- Hicks, Faith Erin. Friends with Boys. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $15.99, 978-1596435568.
- Kwitney, Alisa, Rebecca Guay and others. A Flight of Angels. 2011, illus., DC/Vertigo, $24.99. 978-1401232009.
- Long, Mark, Nate Powell and others. The Silence of Our Friends. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $16.99, 978-1596436183.
- Murakami, Takashi. Stargazing Dog. 2011, illus., NBM Publishing, paper, $11.99, 978-1561636129.
- Telgemeier, Raina. Drama. 2012, illus., Scholastic/GRAPHIX, $23.99, 978-0545326988.
- Waid, Mark, Paolo Manuel Rivera and Marcos Martin. Daredevil V. 1. 2012, illus., Marvel, $19.99, 978-0785152378.
Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2012
See all the Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2012 picks here!
Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Khalil (First Second, 2011)
Scarlet by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev (Marvel/Icon Comics, 2011)
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgal (First Second, 2011)
The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone, Josh Neufeld, and others (W. W. Norton and Company, 2011)
Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 1 and 2 by Roger Langridge, Chris Samnee, and others (Marvel, 2010 and 2011)
Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod (Top Shelf, 2011)
A Bride’s Story, Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori (Yen Press, 2011)
Axe Cop, Vol. 1 by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle (Dark Horse, 2011)
Daybreak by Brian Ralph (Drawn and Quarterly, 2011)
Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimuro Takako (Fantagraphics Books, 2011)
Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2011
The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane; translated by Matt Madden (First Second; 9781596436381)
Green Monk by Brandon Dayton (self-published; 9780615382838)
Brain Camp by Susan Kim, et. al. (First Second; 9781596433663)
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri and Randy Duburke (Lee & Low Books; 9781584302674)
Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities by Jason Shiga (Amulet Books; 9780810984233)
Set to Sea by Drew Weing (Fantagraphics; 9781606993682)
Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2010
The Helm by Jim Hardison and Bart Sears (Dark Horse; 978-1595822611)
Children of the Sea, Vol. 1 by Daisuke Igarashi (VIZ Media; 978-1421529141)
Omega the Unknown by Jonathan Lethem and Farel Dalrymple (Marvel; 978-0785130529)
Pluto by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki (VIZ Media; 978-1421519180)
Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 1 by Fumi Yoshinaga (VIZ Media; 978-1421527475)
Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2009
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabriel Soria, and Warren Pleece (First Second; 978-1-59643-107-2)
Sand Chronicles, Vol. 1–3 by Hinako Ashihara (VIZ Media; 978-1-4215-1477-2)
Atomic Robo: Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne by Brian Clevinger and Steve Wegener (Red Five Comics; 978-0-9809302-0-7)
Real, Vol. 1 and 2 by Takehiko Inoue (VIZ Media; 978-4215-1989-0)
Uzumaki, Vol.1 by Junki Ito (VIZ Media; 978-1-4215-1389-8)
Pitch Black by Youme Landowne and Anthony Horton (Cinco Puntos Press; 978-1-9336-9306-4)
Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan by Aimee Major Steinberger (Go Comi; 978-1-933617-83-1)
Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jilliam Tamaki (Groundwood Books; 978-0-8889-9753-1)
Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2008
Laika by Nick Abadzis (First Second; 978-1596431010)
Re-Gifters by Mike Carey (DC/Minx; 978-1-4012-0371-9)
The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam by Ann Marie Fleming (Penguin; 978-1594482649)
Blue Beetle: Shell-Shocked and Blue Beetle: Road Trip by Keith Giffen (DC Comics; 978-1401209650 and 978-1401213619)
King of Thorn, Vol. 1 by Yuji Iwahara (Tokyopop; 978-1-59816-235-6)
Sidescrollers by Matthew Loux (Oni Press; 978-1-932664-50-8)
After School Nightmare, Vol. 1–5 by Setona Mizushiro (Go Comi!; 978-1933617169)
Emma, Vol. 1–5 by Kaoru Mori (CMX; 978-1-4012-1132-5)
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis (Farrar, Strauss, Giroux; 978-0-374-34701-7)
The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine; 978-0439895293)
Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2007
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen (Marvel; 978-0-7851-2278-4)
Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez and Jared K. Fletcher (Vertigo; 978-1-4012-0366-5)
Castle Waiting by Linda Medley (Fantagraphics Books; 978-1-56097-747-6)
Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales (DC Comics; 978-1-4012-688-8)
True Believers: Runaways (Vol. 4–6) by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona (Marvel; 978-0-7851-1705-6)
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon (Vertigo; 978-1-4012-0314-6)
Death, Jr. by Gary Whitta and Ted Naifeh (Image Comics; 978-1-58240-526-1)