The 2016 Eisner Awards – Young Readers Edition


It’s always a real pleasure to talk with Gwen Tarbox about comics for young readers over at The Comics Alternative and recently we discussed our thoughts on the 2016 Eisner Award nominees and winners in the three young readers categories:

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

If you’re into comics and graphic novels or have a young reader who’s into good comics, I hope you’ll check out the show!


Best Comics of 2015: Comics for Young Readers

Just last week, Gwen and I discussed our picks for the Best Comics of 2015 for Young Readers over at The Comics Alternative. In the interests of time, we picked only a few titles each, but I think it’s safe to say we both could’ve included many, many more books. So here are my Top 15 Comics for Young Readers published in 2015 (in no particular order) and just for fun, a few published before 2015. Enjoy! (* = titles mentioned on the podcast)

Update: suggested ages at the end of each entry are just that: suggestions. Please check out reviews and if possible, see sample pages on Amazon or from the publishers’ websites.

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Andy & Gwen Pick the 2015 Best Comics for Young Readers


Gwen and I recently shared our picks for the best comics for young readers in 2015 over at The Comics Alternative. Although 2015 saw a huge number of great books, we limited ourselves to only a few, finding (to no great surprise) that some titles appeared on both of our lists.


In the coming days, I’ll be posting by own personal Best of 2015 lists of comics and movies with several categories in each. Feel free to share some of your favorites from 2015 as well. Enjoy!

More Comics for Young Readers


I always have a great time with Gwen recording our Young Readers edition of The Comics Alternative podcast and our November show is no exception. In this episode, we take a look at Monster by Walter Dean Myers, adapted by Guy A. Sims with art by Dawud Anyabwile and Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch. Although this last title is actually the third book in the Hereville series, Gwen and I briefly discuss the first two books (spoiler-free) to get you up to speed for the third. (But you should read them all!)

Gwen and I both agree that talking about only two books a month is a huge injustice to all the great graphic novels published for young readers each month, so we also discussed four other titles we also hope you’ll enjoy. (You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out what those titles are!)

And next month, Gwen and I will reveal our picks for the best graphic novels of the year for young readers. Don’t miss it!