YALSA Announces 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2019 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.

  • Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic AdaptationBy Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky. 2018. Pantheon, $24.95 (9781101871799)
  • CrushBy Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2018. JY, $11.00 (9780316363242)
  • Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family AddictionBy Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9780545902472)
  • IllegalBy Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano. 2018. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $20.00 (9781492662143)
  • My Brother's Husband Volume 2By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2018. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871539)
  • On A SunbeamBy Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $32.99 (9781250178145)
  • Royal City Volume 2: Sonic Youth. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534305526)
  • Royal City Volume 3: We All Float OnBy Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534308497)
  • Silver Spoon. By Hiromu Arakawa. Illus. by the author. 2018.Yen Press
    • Volume 1 (9780316416191)
    • Volume 2 (9781975326197)
    • Volume 3 (9781975327460)
    • Volume 4 (9781975327590)
  • Speak: The Graphic NovelBy Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll. 2018. Farrar Straus Giroux, $19.99 (9780374300289)
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian RefugeesBy Don Brown. Illus. by the author. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 (9781328810151)

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, 16 of the graphic novels are from Diamond publishers.

NONFICTION

  • Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation. By Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky. 2018. Pantheon, $24.95 (9781101871799)
  • Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person. By Dani Lee. Illus. by the author. 2018. Chronicle Books, $14.95 (9781452167657). 
  • Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home. By Nora Krug. Illus. by the author. 2018. Scribner, $30.00 (9781476796628)
  • Birding is My Favorite Video Game: Cartoons About the Natural World From Bird and Moon. By Rosemary Mosco. Illus. by the author. 2018. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $12.99 (9781449489120)
  • Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. By Pénélope Bagieu. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $17.99 (978626728691)
  • The Bride Was a Boy. By Chii. Illus. by the author. 2018. Seven Seas, $13.99 (9781626928886)
  • Grand Theft Horse. By G Neri. Illus. by the author. 2018. Lee & Low Books, Inc., $19.95 (9781620148556)
  • Herding Cats: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection. By Sarah Andersen. Illus. by the author. 2018. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 (9781449489786)
  • Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction. By Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9780545902472)
  • Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. By Isabel Quintero. Illus. by Zeke Peña. 2018. Getty, $19.95 (9781947440005)
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns. By Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson. Illus. by Archie Bongiovanni. 2018. Limerence Press, $7.99 (9781620104996)
  • Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History. By Joel Christian Gill. Illus. by the author. 2018. Fulcrum Publishing, $19.95 (9781938486579)
  • Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition. By Julia Kaye. Illus. by the author. 2018. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 (9781449489625)
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees. By Don Brown. Illus. by the author. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 (9781328810151)

FICTION

  • Again!!. By Mitsurou Kubo. Illus. by the author. 2018. By Ryoko Fukuyama. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632366450)
    • v.2. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632366467)
    • v.3. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632366474)
    • v.4. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632366481)
    • v.5. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632366498)
  • Alice: From Dream to Dream. By Giulio Macaione. Illus. by Giulia Adragna. 2018. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781684151806)
  • All Summer Long. By Hope Larson. Illus. by the author. 2018. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr), $21.99 (9780374304850)
  • Animus. By Antoine Revoy. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $16.99 (9781626721838)
  • Ao Haru Ride. By Io Sakisaka. Illus. by the author. 2018.
    • v.1. VIZ Media LLC, $9.99 (9781974702657)
    • v.2. VIZ Media LLC, $9.99 (9781974702664)
  • The Backstagers, Volume 2: The Show Must Go On. By James Tynion IV. Illus. by Rian Sygh. 2018. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684150571)
  • Be Prepared. By Vera Brosgol. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $12.99 (9781626724457)
  • Betty & Veronica, Volume 1. By Adam Hughes. Illus. by the author. 2017. Archie Comic Publications, $12.99 (9781682559857)
  • Bingo Love. By Tee Franklin. Illus. by Jenn St-Onge. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534307506)
  • Black AF: America's Sweetheart. By Kwanza Osajyefo. Illus. by Jennifer Johnson. 2017. Black Mask Studio, $9.99 (9781628751918)
  • Black Hammer: The Event, Volume 2. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dean Ormston and David Rubin. 2018. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781506701981)
  • Black Torch. By Tsuyoshi Takaki. Illus. by the author. 2018. Viz Media, $9.99
    • v.1. (9781974700462)
    • v.2. (9781974701520)
  • Check Please!: Book One, #Hockey. By Ngozi Ukazu. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $12.99 (9781250177957)
  • Coady & the Creepies. By Liz Prince. Illus. by Amanda Kirk. 2018. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781684150298)
  • Coyotes, Volume 1. By Sean Lewis. Illus. by Caitlin Yarsky. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534306479)
  • Crush. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2018. JY, $11.00 (9780316363242)
  • DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test. By Hamish Steele. Illus. by the author. 2018. Nobrow, $14.95 (9781910620472)
  • Dept. H, Volume 3. By Matt Kindt. Illus. by the author and Sharlene Kindt. 2018. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781616559915)
  • Descender, Volume 5: Rise of the Robots. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dustin Nguyen. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534303454)
  • Descender, Volume 6: The Machine War. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dustin Nguyen. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534306905)
  • Escape from Syria. By Samya Kallab. Illus. by Jackie Roche. 2017. Firefly Books, $19.99 (9781770859821)
  • Estranged. By Ethan M. Aldridge. Illus. by the author. 2018. Harper Collins, $12.99 (9780062653871)
  • Fake Blood. By Whitney Gardner. Illus. by the author. 2018. Simon & Schuster, $21.99 (9781481495561)
  • Fence, Volume 1. By C.S. Pascat. Illus. by Johanna the Mad. 2018. Boom! Box, $9.99 (9781684151929)
  • Flying Witch. By Chihiro Ishizuka. Illus. by the author. 2018. Vertical Comics, $10.95
    • v.3. (9781945054112)
    • v.4. (9781945054129)
    • v.5. (9781945054679)
    • v.6. (9781947194045)
  • Frau Faust. By Kore Yamazaki. Illus. by the author. Kodansha Comics, $12.99
    • v.1. 2017. (9781632364807)
    • v.2. 2017. (9781632364814)
    • v.3. 2018. (9781632365491)
  • Giant Days. By John Allison. Illus. by Max Sarin and Liz Fleming. Boom! Box. $14.99
    • v.6. 2017. (9781684150281)
    • v.7. 2018. (9781684151318)
    • v.8. 2018. (9781684152070)
  • The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil A Rún. By Nagabe. Illus. by the author. Seven Seas, $12.99
    • v.3. 2017. (9781626925588)
    • v.4. 2018. (9781626927018)
    • v.5. 2018. (9781626928473)
  • Goldie Vance, Volume 4. By Hope Larson. Illus. by Elle Power. 2018. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781684151400)
  • Green Lantern: Earth One, Volume 1. By Gabriel Hardman. Illus. by the author. 2018. DC Comics, $16.50 (9781401241865)
  • Heavy Vinyl. By Carly Usdin. Illus. by Nina Vakueva and Irene Flores. 2018. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684151417)
  • The Hidden Witch. By Molly Knox Ostertag. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $12.99 (9781338253757)
  • Home After Dark. By Davis Small. Illus. by the author. 2018. Liveright Publishing, $27.95 (9780871403155)
  • I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness. By Yuki Fumino. Illus. by the author. 2018. One Peace Books, $13.95 (978194493741
  • Illegal. By Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano. 2018. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $20.00 (9781492662143)
  • Laid Back Camp. By Afro. Illus. by the author. 2018. Yen Press, $13.00
    • v.1. (9780316517782)
    • v.2. (9780316517829)
    • v.3. (9780316517850)
  • Last Pick. By Jason Walz. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $17.99 (9781626728912)
  • Luisa - Now and Then. By Carole Maurel and Mariko Tamaki. Illus. by the authors. 2018. Humanoids, $29.95 (9781594656439)
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 7: A Bird's-Eye View. By Shannon Waters. Illus. by Carey Pietsch. 2017. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684150458)
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 8: Stone Cold. By Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh. Illus. by Carey Pietsch. 2018. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684151325)
  • Making Friends. By Kristen Gudsnuk. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338139228)
  • Mech Cadet Yu, Volume 1. By Greg Pak. Illus. by Takeshi. 2018. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684151950)
  • Misfit City, Volume 2. By Kiersten Smith. Illus. by Naomi Franquiz. 2018. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781684151721)
  • Monstress, Volume 3. By Marjorie Liu. Illus. by Sana Takeda. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534306912)
  • Motor Crush, Volume 2. By Brenden Fletcher. Illus. by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534305519)
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 8: Mecca. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus. by Marco Failla and Diego Orlortegui. 2017. Marvel, $17.99 (9781302906085)
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 9: Teenage Wasteland. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus. by Nico Leon. 2018. Marvel, $17.99 (9781302910787)
  • My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2. By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2018. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871539)
  • Nameless Asterism. By Kina Kobayashi. Illus. by the author. 2018. Seven Seas, $12.99
    • v.1 (9781626927445)
    • v.2 (9781626927452)
  • The Nameless City, Volume 3: The Divided Earth. By Faith Erin Hicks. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $21.99 (9781626721616)
  • On a Sunbeam. By Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $32.99 (9781250178145)
  • Orphans, Volume 2: Lies. By Roberto Recchioni. Illus. by Emiliano Mammucari. 2018. Lion Forge, $19.99 (9781942367529)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 4. By Brian K. Vaughan. Illus. by Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson. 2018. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781534305106)
  • Persephone. By Loic Locatelli-Kournwskcy. Illus. by the author. 2018. Archaia, $19.99 (9781684151752)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker. By Jen Wang. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $24.99 (9781250159854)
  • The Promised Neverland. By Kaiu Shirai. Illus. by Posuka Demizu. 2018. Viz Media, $9.99
    • v.2. (9781421597133)
    • v.3. (9781421597140)
    • v.4. (9781421597157)
    • v.5. (9781421597164)
    • v.6. (9781974701476)
  • Royal City, Volume 2: Sonic Youth. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534305526)
  • Royal City, Volume 3: We All Float On. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534308497)
  • Runaways: Find Your Way Home. By Rainbow Rowell. Illus. by Kris Anka. 2018. Marvel Comics, $17.99 (9781302908522)
  • Runaways: Best Friends Forever. By Rainbow Rowell. Illus. by Kris Anka. 2018. Marvel Comics, $17.99 (9781302911973)
  • Scales & Scoundrels, Volume 1: Into the Dragon's Maw. By Sebastian Girner. Illus. by Galaad. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781626927445)
  • Sheets. By Brenna Thummler. Illus. by the author. 2018. Lion Forge, $12.99 (9781941302675)
  • Silver Spoon. By Hiromu Arakawa. Illus. by the author. 2018.Yen Press, $15.00
    • v.1. (9780316416191)
    • v.2. (9781975326197)
    • v.3. (9781975327460)
    • v.4. (9781975327590)
  • Skyward, Volume 1: My Low-G Life. By Joe Henderson. Illus. by Joe Garbett. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534308336)
  • Sleepless, Volume 1. By Sarah Vaughn. Illus. by Leila del Duca. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534306844)
  • Son of Shaolin. By Jay Longino. Illus. by Caanan White. 2017. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534303232)
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll. 2018. Farrar Straus Giroux, $19.99 (9780374300289)
  • Spirit Circle. By Satoshi Mizukami. Illus. by the author. Seven Seas, $12.99
    • v.1. 2017. (9781626926011)
    • v.2. 2018. (9781626926806)
    • v.3. 2018. (9781626927292)
    • v.4. 2018. (9781626928329)
    • v.5. 2018. (9781626929241)
  • Star Wars Lost Stars, Volume 1. By Claudia Gray. Illus. by Yusaku Komiyama. 2018. Yen Press, $13.00 (9781975326531)
  • Stephen McCranie's Space Boy, Volume 1. By Stephen McCranie. Illus. by the author. 2018. Dark Horse Books, $10.99 (9781506706481)
  • The Strange. By Jerome Ruillier. Illus. by the author. 2018. Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95 (9781770463172)
  • SuperGirl Being Super. By Mariko Tamaki. Illus. by Joelle Jones. 2018. DC Comics, $16.99 (978-1401268947)
  • Sweet Blue Flowers. By Takako Shimura. Illus. by the author. Viz Media, $24.99(9781421597126)
    • v.1. 2017. (9781421592985)
    • v.2. 2017. (9781421592992)
    • v.3. 2018. (9781421593005)
    • v.4. 2018. (9781421593012)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel. By Harper Lee and Fred Fordham. Illus. by Fred Fordham. 2018. Harper, $23.99 (9780062798183)
  • To Your Eternity. By Yoshitoki Oima. Illus. by the author. Kodansha Comics, $12.99
    • v.1. 2017. (9781632365712)
    • v.2. 2017. (9781632365729)
    • v.3. 2018. (9781632365736)
    • v.4. 2018. (9781632365743)
    • v.5. 2018. (9781632365750)
  • The Unstoppable Wasp, Volume 2: Agents of G.I.R.L.. By Jeremy Whitley. Illus. by Elsa Charretier. 2017. Marvel, $15.99 (9781302906474)
  • Victor LaValle's Destroyer. By Victor LaValle. Illus. by Dietrich Smith and Joana Lafuente. 2018. Boom! Studios, $19.99 (9781684150557)
  • Waiting for Spring. By Anashin. Illus. by the author. Kodansha Comics, $10.99
    • v.3. 2017. (9781632365187)
    • v.4. 2018. (9781632365859)
    • v.5. 2018. (9781632365866)
    • v.6. 2018. (9781632365873)
    • v.7. 2018. (9781632366313)
    • v.8. 2018. (9781632366900)
  • Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue, Volume 2. By Marissa Meyer. Illus. by Stephen Gilpin. 2018. Feiwel & Friends, $21.99 (9781250078285)
  • Your Name. By Makoto Shinkai. Illus. by Ranmaru Katone. Yen Press, $13.00
    • v.2. 2017 (9780316412889)
    • v.3. 2018 (9780316521178)