This category is for the kid in all of us who pounced on the funny pages on Sunday mornings as soon as the paper arrived. However, graphic novels go way beyond Garfield and Superman, covering everything from wordless picture books appealing to the very young to intense, issue-based young adult novels–all of which tell their stories through serial artwork. We give an award for both the younger graphics and for the young adult graphics.
Since our goal is to have every book placed in the category where it stands the best chance of winning, we generally place graphics for emergent readers (for example, the Toon books),in the early reader category. Early readers often combine images and text, due to the needs of the readers, so this is a category where graphics can be a great fit– so go ahead and nominate them there!