"Real Friends," "Spill Zone" Among Inaugural Graphic Literature Award Nominees

In an attempt to bring more "legitimacy and respect" to comics and graphic novels, graphic literature gets its own awards.
Pop Culture Classroom has created the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards "to help grow awareness, legitimacy and respect for the comics medium, the graphic novel format and its creators, and drive growth for the graphic novel publishing category." The winners of the inaugural awards will be announced at Denver Comic Con in June. Here is the complete list of nominees: Best in Children’s Books Fiction 
  • Bolivar by Sean Rubin
  • Good Night, Planet by Liniers
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  • The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner
  • Where’s Halmoni? By Julie Kim
Nonfiction
  • Bats: Learning to Fly by Falynn
Best in Middle-Grade Books Fiction
  • As The Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
  • Cici’s Journal by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret
  • Dawn and the Impossible Three by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan
  • Solution Squad by Jim McClain
  • Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta
  • The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
  • Brave by Svetlana Chmakova **
** Honorable Mention   Best in Young Adult Books Fiction
  • Home Time: Book One by Campbell Whyte
  • I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson and John Jennings
  • Quince by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner and Emma Steinkellner
  • Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield and Alex Puvilland
  • The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish
  Nonfiction
  • Fire! The Zora Neale Hurston Story by Peter Bagge
  • Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
  • Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Finakly and Lewis Trondheim
  • The Senses by Matteo Farinella
  • Spinning by Tillie Walden
  Best in Adult Books Fiction
  • Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
  • Park Bench by Christophe Chaboute
  • Roughneck by Jeff Lemiere
  • The Sound of the World by Heart by Giacomo Bevilacqua
Nonfiction
  • Calamity Jane: The Calamitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary by Christian Perrissin and Mattheiu Blanchin
  • Hostage by Guy Delisle
  • Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • The Hunting Accident by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair
    Mosaic Award ("Recognizes the ever-growing number of talented storytellers and rich content that come from our diverse communities, ethnicities, nationalities, faiths, genders, and orientations.")
  • As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
  • Good Night, Planet by Liniers, Spanish and English language versions
  • Monstress Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu
  • Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata
  • Quince by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner and Emma Steinkellner
  • Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • Where’s Halmoni? By Julie Kim
Book of the Year
  • Bats: Learning to Fly by Falynn Koch
  • Cici’s Journal by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret
  • Home Time: Book One by Campbell Whyte
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  • Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta
  • Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield and Alex Puvilland
  • The Hunting Accident by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair
   

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