Kids Vote on Their Favourite Graphic Novels
Award programs like the Children’s Book Council’s Children’s Choice Book Awards and the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Awards give kids the opportunity to read and vote on their favorite books. Both programs do an amazing job of generating excitement around reading and make kids feel like their opinions on books are important.
Luckily, there is also a kids’ choice award program exclusively for graphic novels!
Early last week, Kids’ Comics Revolution!, a podcast dedicated to spotlighting the worlds of kids’ comics and kid lit, announced its third annual KCR! Kids’ Comics Awards, honoring the best comics and graphic novels for kids published across the U.S. and Canada.
These awards offer kids the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for comics by voting for their favorite comics and characters across twelve categories, both serious and silly.
The awards will be announced on June 21st at a fun-filled ceremony featuring authors, musicians, puppets and more, held during the Kids Read Comics celebration at the Ann Arbor District Library.
From now through June 20, 2015, kids can vote via online ballot here.
And now the nominees!
Favorite Graphic Novel (Adventure):
Amulet #6: Escape From Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi
Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson
Maddy Kettle & the Adventures of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard
Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Favorite Graphic Novel (Humor):
Comics Squad: Recess! by Various
The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth by Ian Lendler & Zack Giallongo
The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke
Favorite Graphic Novel (Non-Fiction/Myth/Memoir):
The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
El Deafo by Cece Bell
I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached
Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood: A World War I Tale by Nathan Hale
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Favorite Comic/Novel Hybrid:
Big Nate in the Zone by Lincoln Peirce
Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
Life of Zarf: The Trouble with Weasels by Rob Harrell
Send for a Superhero! by Michael Rosen and Katherine McEwen
The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry
Faith Erin Hicks
Favorite Comic Book Series (Licensed Franchise, aka, Based on a TV Show, Movie or Video Game):
Adventure Time by Ryan North, Braden Lamb, Shelli Paroline (Boom!)
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Dark Horse)
Bravest Warriors by Joey Comeau, Mike Holmes (Boom!)
The Ultimate Minecraft Comic Book: The Curse of Herobrine (The Minecraft Guys)
SpongeBob Comics by Various (Bongo)
Favorite Comic Book Series (Original, aka, Actually by the Creator):
Capture Creatures by Frank Gibson & Becky Dreistadt (KaBoom!)
Abigail and the Snowman by Roger Langridge (KaBoom!)
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, & Brooke Allen (Boom! Box)
Bodie Troll by Jay P. Fosgitt (Red 5)
Terrible Lizard by Cullen Bunn, Drew Moss & Ryan Hill (Oni)
Favorite Comic Book Hero:
El Deafo from El Deafo
Knight from Adventures in Cartooning
Princess Adrienne from Princeless
Best Hair in Comics:
Cleopatra from Cleopatra in Space
Hilda from Hilda and the Black Hound
Lupe Impala from Lowriders in Space
Cutest Comic Character:
Warren from Extraordinary Warren
Piggie from Elephant & Piggie
Ripley from Lumberjanes
Grossest Thing in Comics:
Misa scarfs down her food & burps from “Two-Person Door” by Faith Erin Hicks in Explorer: The Hidden Doors
Sophia gets barfed on in “300 Words” by Dan Santat in Comics Squad: Recess
Raina steps on a dead snake in Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Most Tricked-Out Ride in a Comic:
Colossus from Amulet: Escape from Lucien
Lowrider from Lowriders in Space
Sphinx Bike from Cleopatra in Space
Nominees for the 2015 KCR Kid’s Comics Awards were selected by a council of educators and retailers including Rebecca Oxley, Betsy Bird, Eti Berland, Jess Stork Glicoes, Alyson Beecher, Susan Vincent Molinaro, Krystle Tabujara, Matthew Winner, and Colby Sharp.
Previous years winners and videos of the award ceremonies can be found here.
About Scott Robins
Scott Robins is a librarian at the Toronto Public Library and the co-author of A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics. He is the children's programming director for the annual Toronto Comic Arts Festival. He has also served on the graphic novel selection committee for the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens and is a jury member of the Joe Shuster Awards in the "Comics for Kids" category.
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