Librarians Love All Kinds of Graphic Novels!: 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Since 2007, the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association, has been selecting the best graphic novels for teens.

The list of 78 titles, drawn from 122 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.

In addition, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee created a Top Ten list of titles that exemplify the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences, denoted by an asterisk.

“The 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list explores ancient Chinese rebellions, first love, modern day Uganda, futuristic scenarios, civil rights in America and everything in between.” said Chair Tessa Barber. “The graphic novels on this list are first rate in the marriage of storytelling and art and have appeal to a wide range of teen readers. The list is designed to be a resource for libraries and teens alike.”
Members of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee are Tessa Barber, chair, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Jonatha Jo Basye, Hampton City Schools, Hampton, VA;  Heather Gruenthal, Western High School, Anaheim, CA; Katy Hepner, St. Tammany Parish Library, Mandeville, LA; Marcus Lowry, Roseville Library, Maplewood, MN; Thomas Maluck, Richland Library, Columbia, SC; Karen Perry, High Point, NC; Jason Poole, Webster Public Library, Webster, NY; Emily Pukas, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN; Andrea Sowers, Joliet Public Library, Joliet, IL; Brooke Young, Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT.

The list is diverse, including superhero titles from Marvel and DC, manga from Viz and Vertical, and everything else from mainstream publishers and alternative comics publishers. There are even a few licensed properties on this list, usually frowned upon by librarians, but a good book is a good book!

If you’d like to read more, YALSA has archived all of their lists here.  The top ten books are noted with an asterisk and a book cover.  The links will take you to the publihers’ websites, where you can discover more.  A few even offer previews.


Cunningham, Daryl. How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial. 2013. Illus., Abrams ComicArts, $16.95, (978-1419706899.)

Hale, Nathan. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party. 2013. Illus., Amulet Books, $12.95, (978-1419708565.)

Knisley, Lucy. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. 2013. Illus., paper, First Second, $17.99, (978-1596436237.)

marchbookone_softcover_lg*Lewis, John, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. March: Book 1. 2013. Illus., paper, Top Shelf, $14.95, (978-1603093002.)

Mauer, Marc and Sabrina Jones. Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling. 2013. Illus., paper, New Press, $17.95, (978-1595585417.)

O’Connor, George.
Poseidon: Earth Shaker. 2013. Illus., paper, First Second, $9.99, (978-1596437388.)
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love. 2013. Illus., paper, First Second, $9.99, (978-1596437395.)

Ottaviani, Jim and Maris Wicks. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut‎‎é Galdikas. 2013. Illus., First Second, $19.99, (978-1596438651.)


Abnett, Dan, Andy Lanning, Tom Derenick and others.
The Hypernaturals V.1. 2013. Illus., paper, Boom Studios, $16.99, (978-1608862986.)
The Hypernaturals V.2. 2013. Illus., paper, Boom Studios, $19.99, (978-1608863198.)

Alexovich, Aaron and Drew Rausch. Eldritch! V.1. 2012. Illus., SLG Publishing, $29.95, (978-1593622442.)

Allison, John. Bad Machinery V.1: The Case of the Team Spirit. 2013. Illus., paper, Oni Press, $19.99, (978-1620100844.)

Asano, Atsuko and Hinoki Kino.
No. 6 V.1. 2013. Illus., paper, Kodansha Comics, $10.99, (978-1612623559.)
No. 6 V.2. 2013. Illus., paper, Kodansha Comics, $10.99, (978-1612623566.)
No. 6 V.3. 2013. Illus., paper, Kodansha Comics, $10.99, (978-1612623573.)

Azzarello, Brian and Cliff Chiang and others.
Wonder Woman V. 2: Guts. 2013. Illus., DC Comics, $22.99, (978-1401438094.)
Wonder Woman V.3: Iron. 2013. Illus., DC Comics, $24.99, (978-1401242619.)

Bendis, Brian Michael and Stuart Immonen. All New X-Men V.1: Yesterday’s X-Men. 2013. Illus., Marvel, $24.99, (978-0785168201.)

Britt, Fanny and Isabelle Arsenault. Jane, the Fox and Me. 2013. Illus., Groundwood Books, $19.95, (978-1554983605.)

Cannon, Kevin. Crater XV. 2013. Illus., Top Shelf, $19.99, (978-1603091008.

Carey, Mike, Peter Gross, Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice. 2013. Illus., Vertigo, $22.99, (978-1401229764.)

Cervantes, Miguel de and Rob Davis. The Complete Don Quixote. 2013.Illus., Self Made Hero, $27.50, (978-1906838652.)

Chwast, Seymour. The Odyssey. 2012, Illus., Bloomsbury, $20.00, (978-1608194865.)

Cliff, Tony. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, $15.99, (978-1596438132.)

De Pins, Arthur. Zombillenium V.1: Gretchen. 2013, Illus., NBM Publishing, $14.99, (978-1561637348.)

Fraction, Matt, David Aja and others.
Hawkeye V.1: My Life as a Weapon. 2013. Illus., paper, Marvel, $16.99, (978-0785165620.)
Hawkeye V.2: Little Hits. 2013. Illus., paper, Marvel, $16.99, (978-0785165637.)

Gran, Meredith. Marceline and the Scream Queens. 2013, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios, $19.99, (978-1608863136.)

9781419705465*Gulledge, Laura Lee. Will & Whit. 2013, Illus., paper, Amulet Books, $18.95, (978-1419705472.)

Hagio, Moto and Matt Thorn. The Heart of Thomas. Illus., Fantagraphics, $39.99, (978-1606995518.)

Harrell, Rob. Monster on the Hill V.1. 2013, Illus., paper, Top Shelf, $19.95, (978-1603090759.)

Hernandez, Gilbert. Marble Season. 2013, Illus., Drawn & Quarterly. $21.95, (978-1770460867.)

22379*Hicks, Faith Erin. The Adventures of Superhero Girl. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse. $16.99, (978-1616550844.)

Hinds, Gareth. Romeo and Juliet: a play by William Shakespeare. 2013, Illus., Candlewick. $21.99, (978-0763659486.)

Humphries, Sam and Dalton Rose. Sacrifice. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse. $19.99, (978-1595829856.)

dogsWar*Keenan, Sheila and Nathan Fox. Dogs of War. 2013, Illus., Scholastic/Graphix, $22.99, (978-0545128872.)

19023*Kindt, Matt. MIND MGMT V.1: The Manager. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse, $19.99, (978-1595827975.)

Kirk Kim, Derek. Tune V.1: Vanishing Point. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, $16.99, (978-1596435162.)

Kon, Satoshi. Tropic of the Sea. 2013, Illus., paper, Vertical, $14.95, (978-1939130068.)

Rustv2__04088.1358479295.1280.1280*Lepp, Royden. Rust V.2: Secrets of the Cell. 2012, Illus., Archaia, $24.95, (978-1936393589.)

Lieberman, AJ and Darren Rawlings. The Silver Six. 2013, Illus., Scholastic/Graphix, $22.99, (978-0545370974.)

1362851638*McKay, Sharon and Daniel Lafrance. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel. 2013, Illus., Annick Press, $27.95, (978-1554514892.)

Manapul, Francis and Brian Buccellato. Flash V.1: Move Forward. 2012, Illus., DC Comics, $24.99, (978-1401235536.)

Matsumoto, Taiyo. Sunny V.1. 2013, Illus., VIZ Media, $22.99, (978-1421555256.)

Mechner, Jordan, LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland. Templar. 2013, Illus., First Second, $39.99, (978-1596433939.)

Mignola, Mike and Duncan Fegredo. Hellboy: The Midnight Circus. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse, $14.99, (978-1616552381.)

Mizuki, Shigeru. Kitaro. 2013, Illus., paper, Drawn & Quarterly. $24.95, (978-1770461109.)

Nihei, Tsutomu.
Knights of Sidonia V.1. 2013, Illus., paper, Vertical, $12.95, (978-1935654803.)
Knights of Sidonia V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, Vertical, $12.95, (978-1935654810.)

North, Ryan, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb.
Adventure Time V.1. 2012, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios, $14.99, (978-1608862801.)
Adventure Time V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios, $14.99, (978-1608863235.)
Adventure Time V.3. 2013, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios, $14.99, (978-1608863792.)

Pope, Paul. Battling Boy. 2013, Illus., First Second, $24.99, (978-1596438057.)

Rabagliati, Michel. Paul Joins the Scouts. 2013, Illus., paper, Conundrum Press, $20.00, (978-1894994699.)

Rogers, Moro. City in the Desert: The Monster Problem. 2012, Illus., Archaia, $24.95, (978-1936393558.)

Sakakibara, Mizuki and Masakazu Katsura.
Tiger & Bunny V.1. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421555614.)
Tiger & Bunny V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421555621.)

1421550687*Sakisaka, Io.
Strobe Edge V.1. 2012, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421550688.)
Strobe Edge V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421550695.)
Strobe Edge V.3. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421550701.)
Strobe Edge V.4. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421552705.)
Strobe Edge V.5. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421553139.)
Strobe Edge V.6. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, $9.99, (978-1421553146.)

9781596436596*Shen, Prudence and Faith Erin Hicks. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, $16.99, (978-1596436596.)

Slott, Dan, Ryan Stegman, Giuseppe Camuncoli and others.
Superior Spider-Man V.1: My Own Worst Enemy. 2013, Illus., paper, Marvel, $17.99, (978-0785167044.)
Superior Spider-Man V.2: A Troubled Mind. 2013, Illus., paper, Marvel, $17.99, (978-0785167051.)

Taylor, Tom, Jheremy Raapack and others. Injustice V.1: Gods Among Us. 2013, Illus., DC Comics, $19.99, (978-1401245009.)

Tobin, Paul and Colleen Coover. Bandette V.1: Presto!. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse, $14.99, (978-1616552794.)

Toppi, Sergio. Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights. 2012, Illus., Archaia, $29.95, (978-1936393480.)

Wartman, Peter. Over The Wall. 2013, Illus., paper, Uncivilized Books, $14.99, (978-0984681433.)

Wood, Brian and Kristian Donaldson. The Massive V.1: Black Pacific. 2013, Illus., paper, Dark Horse, $19.99, (978-1616551322.)

Yakin, Boaz and Nick Bertozzi. Jerusalem: A Family Portrait. 2013, Illus., First Second, $24.99, (978-1596435759.)

Boxers-Saints-1024x725*Yang, Gene Luen.
Boxers. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, $18.99, (978-1596433595.)
Saints. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, $15.99, (978-1596436893.)

Yasuhiko, Yoshikazu.
Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin V.1: Activation. 2013, Illus., Vertical, $29.95, (978-1935654872.)
Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin V.2: Gardam. 2013, Illus., Vertical, $29.95, (978-1935654889.)
Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin V.3: Ramba Ral. 2013, Illus., Vertical, $29.95, (978-1935654971.)

Yukimura, Makoto. Vinland Saga V.1. 2013, Illus., Kodansha Comics, $19.99, (978-1612624204.)

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