Categories and Judging Criteria

Publishers and creators can submit graphic literature titles for consideration in the categories below: 

All submitted titles will be considered for the Book of the Year and Mosaic awards.

Book of the Year 

The Book of the Year winner is determined by each category Jury chair, working with the EGL Advisory Board. The Book of the Year Award is given to the graphic novel submission with the highest combined score. 

Mosaic Award 

Celebrating stories about and from diverse communities, ethnicities, nationalities, faiths, and orientations. 

Best in Children’s Graphic Literature  

Spotlighting compelling, educational graphic literature works for grades pre-k to 4 (0 – 10 years old) 

Best in Middle-Grade Graphic Literature 

Recognizing exemplary Graphic literature for grades 5-8 (10 – 14 years old) 

Best in Young Adult Graphic Literature 

Honoring the best graphic literature for grades 9-12 (14 – 18 years old)