After careful review of more than 120 submitted titles from over 50 publishers, our jurors and EGL awards team are ready to announce the finalists for the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards!

Excellence in Graphic Literature Finalists Announcements

Children’s Awards Finalists — Fiction

Akissi: More Tales of Mischief

by Marguerite Abouet & Mathieu Sapin (Flying Eye Books)

Chicken Soup & Goji Berries

by Naomi Cui & Janice Liu (Cloudscape Comics)

Hex Vet: The Flying Surgery

by Sam Davies (BOOM! Studios)

Hilo 5: Then Everything Went Wrong

by Judd Winick (RH Children’s Books)

Kai and the Monkey King

by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye Books)

Middle-Grade Awards Finalists — Fiction

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander & Dawud Anyabwile (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Hicotea: A Nightlights Story

by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)

Pilu of the Woods

by Mai K. Nguyen (Oni Press)

Sincerely, Harriet

by Sarah Winifred Searle (Lerner Publishing Group)

White Bird: A Wonder Story

by R. J. Palacio (Random House Children’s Books)

Middle-Grade Awards Finalists — Nonfiction

Rocket to the Moon!: BIG IDEAS That Changed the World #1

by Don Brown (ABRAMS Amulet Books)

Guts

by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)

Major Impossible (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #9)

by Nathan Hale (ABRAMS Amulet Books)

Survivors of the Holocaust

by Kath Shackleton & Zane Whittingham (Sourcebooks Explore)

Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up

by Heather Corinna & Isabella Rotman (Oni Press)

Young Adult Awards Finalists — Fiction

Hot Comb

by Ebony Flowers (Drawn & Quarterly)

King Shaka: Zulu Legend

Luke Molver (Catalyst Press/Story Press Africa)

Kiss Number 8

by Colleen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw (Macmillan Publishers)

Shout Out

by Andrew Wheeler, BC Holmes, Joamette Gil & various (TO Comix Press)

Stage Dreams

by Melanie Gillman (Lerner Publishing Group)

Young Adult Awards Finalists — Nonfiction

The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby Vol. 2

by Marek Bennett (Comics Workshop)

King of King Court

by Travis Dandro (Drawn & Quarterly)

Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918 by Don Brown

by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater

by Ted Fox & James Otis Smith (ABRAMS ComicArts)

The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito

by Shing Yin Khor (Lerner Publishing Group)

Adult Awards Finalists — Fiction

Bloodlust & Bonnets

by Emily McGovern (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga

by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Harbour Publishing)

Clyde Fans

by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

The Hard Tomorrow

by Eleanor Davis (Drawn & Quarterly)

Vanni: A Family’s Struggle through the Sri Lankan Conflict

by Benjamin Dix & Lindsay Pollock (Penn State University Press)

Adult Awards Finalists — Nonfiction

Americana (and the Act of Getting Over It.)

by Luke Healy (Nobrow)

A Fire Story

by Brian Fies (ABRAMS Books)

Hawking

by Jim Ottaviani & Leland Myrick (Macmillan Publishers)

In Waves

by AJ Dungo (Nobrow)

The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television

by Koren Shadmi (Humanoids)

Mosaic Award Finalists

Akissi: More Tales of Mischief

by Marguerite Abouet & Mathieu Sapin (Flying Eye Books)

Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga

by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Harbour Publishing)

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander & Dawud Anyabwile (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Grease Bats

by Archie Bongiovanni (BOOM! Studios)

Hicotea: A Nightlights Story

by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)

Kiss Number 8

by Colleen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw (Macmillan Publishers)

Putuga & Kublu and the Qalupalik

by Roselynn Akulukjuk, Danny Christopher, & Astrid Arijanto (Inhabit Media)

Shout Out

by Andrew Wheeler, BC Holmes, Joamette Gil & various (TO Comix Press)

Book of the Year Award Finalists

Bury the Lede

by Gaby Dunn & Claire Roe (BOOM! Studios)

Camp

by Kayla Miller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Clyde Fans

by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander & Dawud Anyabwile (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

King of King Court

by Travis Dandro (Drawn & Quarterly)

Kiss Number 8

by Colleen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw (Macmillan Publishers)

Putuga & Kublu and the Qalupalik

by Roselynn Akulukjuk, Danny Christopher, & Astrid Arijanto (Inhabit Media)

White Bird: A Wonder Story

by R. J. Palacio (Random House Children’s Books)