And the year end parade continues, and I’m sensing something of a move for Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona to be the book of the year. At any rate, it’s on a lot of lists. But maybe Killing and Dying?

The Good Reads voting is over, with the winner to be announced on the 30th. The finalists list consists of:

Lumberjanes Vol. 1
Attack on Titan
Hawkeye: Rio Bravo
Step Aside, Pop!
Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: generation Why
Saga Vol. 4
Thor: Goddess of Thunder
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

The voting numbers are not noted, yet, but I’m pretty sure it is possible to vote more than once, so the numbers i mentioned before may not be entirely accurate.

School Library Journal weighing in:

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova. illus. by author. Hachette/Yen Pr. Gr 5 Up.
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Shannon Watters
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm. illus. by Matthew Holm. Scholastic/Graphix. Gr 3-7.
Lunch Witch by Deb Lucke. illus. by author. Papercutz. Gr 3-7.
We Dig Worms! by Kevin McCloskey. illus. by author. TOON Books. Gr K-2.
Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola. illus. by Emily Carroll. Candlewick. Gr 5 Up.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North. illus. by Erica Henderson.
Ultraman by Eiichi Shimizu. illus. by Tomohiro Shimoguchi. Viz Media. Gr 7 Up.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. illus. by author. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Gr 7 Up.
Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue by Maris Wicks. illus. by author. First Second. Gr 4-8.

BTW if you’re surprised to see Squirrel Girl listed as a YA book, most of Marvel’s graphic novels are actually cataloged on industry sites as being for teen-up. Fun fact!


Also according to some pr I received, MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection, published by Toronto’s AH Comics Inc., has been named as one of the School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2015. I can’t find that list online but I’ll take their word for it. Congrats!

YALSA’s 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominations are up, too many to list, but give a read as there are many hidden gems on there.

WaPo’s Michael Cavna has his list as well:

MARCH: Book Two
By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)

By Adrian Tomine (Drawn and Quarterly)

By Julie Birmant. Illustrated by Clement Oubrerie
Translated from the French by Edward Gauvin (SelfMadeHero)

STEP ASIDE, POPS: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection
By Kate Beaton (Drawn and Quarterly)

SANDMAN: Overture
By Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by J.H. Williams III (DC/Vertigo)

Do you have a best of list? Send it our way!


  1. I admit, I haven’t read most of the items on these lists. But of what I’ve read, the best by far was Scott McCloud’s “The Sculptor”.

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