Our graphic novels reside in the nonfiction section, taking take up two shelves during the school year…two mostly-empty shelves. But don’t be fooled. Our GN collection is massive. MASSIVE.
When they were returned at the end of they year, they would have taken up a full 5 shelves! They sit on top of the bookcase until the fall, when the shelves will be empty within days. With over 100 different titles in constant rotation, graphic novels are the workhorses in our library. These are our top 10 GN’s of 2016.
10.Explorer: the hidden doors edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Kazu Kibuishi visited our school in February. Afterwards, every GN with Kazu’s name on it was hot-hot-hot.
8. Bone: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith, the longtime king of GN’s, came in tied with his friend/fan Kazu (below) with #9 in the Bone series. I bet he’d rather wear a crown of horns than thorns at his coronation.
8. Amulet #2: the stonekeeper’s curse by Kazu Kibuishi
The Stonekeeper’s Curse in our school: books circulate…then get “lost”…then get replaced…then go “missing”…replaced again…and circulate some more.
7. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
The royal family of GN creators wouldn’t be complete without Raina. Drama, which has some mature content, is usually read and received with love and support.
6. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Sisters was sold at our book fair two years ago. We sold over 50 copies that year…and more this year. Probably the reason it comes in at #6.
5. Big Nate Out Loud by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate is half of the reason the 5th grade boys come to library with spring in their step. They know we’ve always got the newest title in the series.
4. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Zita! You former Sasquatch Nominee! With 4 copies of this on our shelf, she continues to circulate years after appearing on the award list.
3.Smile by Raina Telgemeier
The GN that made autobiographies cool. Kids LOVE the honesty of Raina. Predicting she’ll have 4 books on next year’s list (Ghosts comes out in September!)
2. Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
Remember that visit by Kazu? This book had more holds on it than any other title before/after his visit. We had 3 copies. We’re down to 2…and 1 needs replacing.
1. Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
Okay. So you’re wondering how this eclipsed the other titles? A few reasons: it was a 2016 Sasquatch Nominee… there were 6 copies to circulate… students were invested in reading nominees to vote…and it was the only GN on the nominee list.
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