Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth

Last week's post featured Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2010. Here is their Top 10 graphic novels for teens and children! If you have a reluctant reader at home, want to mix up your reads, or just love graphic novels, check out the suggestions! 

Adventures in Cartooning Bayou, Vol. 1 The Color of Earth The Eternal Smile Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1 Mercury Pluto, Vol. 1 Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook The Storm in the Barn

  • Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm and others shows kids how easy it is to make their own comic the drawing and writing skills they already posess!
  • Bayou, Vol. 1 by Jeremy Love is an original webcomic made into print format. The story is set in the 1930s Charon, Mississippi and follows Lee Wagstaff who is the daughter of a black sharecropper. When Lily Westmoreland, Lee's white playmate, is kidnapped, Lee's father is accused. It is up to Lee to rescue Lily and along the way she enlists the help of a benevolent, blues singing, swamp monster called Bayou. Together, Lee and Bayou trek across a hauntingly familiar Southern Neverland, confronting creatures both benign and malevolent, in an effort to rescue Lily and save Lee's father from being lynched.
  • The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
  • The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Thomas Siddell features Antimony Carver who is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl. Starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, the very British boarding school has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. Follow Antimony in her adventures during first year and all the mysteries she encounters! 
  • Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
  • Mercury by Hope Larson
  • Pluto, Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka. In a distant future where sentient humanoid robots pass for human, someone or some thing is out to destroy the seven great robots of the world. Europol’s top detective Gesicht is assigned to investigate these mysterious robot serial murders—the only catch is that he himself is one of the seven targets.
  • The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis
  • The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan