Best graphic novels for kids the Eisner awards

Best Graphic Novels and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

There aren’t many children’s book awards for graphic novels or comic books so I was excited to learn about The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards. It awards prizes for creative achievement in American comic books, sometimes referred to as the Comics Industry’s equivalent of the Oscar Awards.

The Cybils also has a graphic novel award but only in middle grade and young adult categories so it was nice to see graphic novels for young children awarded as well! There is very little overlap between the two awards: The Cybils vs the Eisner. The lone overlapping graphic novel is The Lost Boy.

Eisner Award Nominations

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas by Philippe Coudray

The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers

Itty Bitty Hellboy by Art Baltazar and Franco

Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon

Otto’s Backwards Day by Frank Cammuso (with Jay Lynch)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault

The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, vol. 2 edited by David Petersen, Paul Morrissey, and Rebecca Taylor

Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Welcome to the 41st Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

We’d like to welcome our co-hosts for this week: a daughter and Mom team, Julie and Elizabeth, who are behind the blog, Emma’s Owl as well as The Owl Books. Welcome Julie and Elizabeth!

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  1. Ann

    Oh cool, I wouldn’t have known about this. I am going to link to this post in my latest which has basic printable comic templates. BTW, we are reading Jedi Academy right now and love it! Will also be back with a link 🙂
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  2. We love Jedi Academy! I’ll have to look for more of these books, I think my kids would enjoy them.
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