Every year since 2007 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) section of the American Library Association (ALA) has created both a long list and a top ten list of "great graphic novels for teens". You can see all the lists here. Previously they had included some graphic novels on their "best books for young adults" lists.
About a year ago I
was invited to give a guest lecture on the history of comics
and graphic novels for children and young adults, and upon looking at
these lists realized that I had read less than half of the book on the
top ten lists (and hadn't even heard of others!). As a so called
"expert" on graphic novels in libraries I didn't really think that this
was appropriate, and decided to read as many of the volumes that I
hadn't read as possible. (I have at least read more than half of this year's list!)
I'll be reviewing them as I
read (or reread) them, and this page will eventually contain links to
all the books from 2015. Here's the full list of nominations from 2015, and the top ten list. They occasionally have weird formatting or credits.
Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale by
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla.
Bad Machinery V.3: The Case of the Simple Soul by John Allison.
47 Ronin by Mike Richardson and
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang.
Ms. Marvel: V.1. No Normal by G. Willow Wison and Adrian Alphona.
Seconds: a Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew.
Through The Woods by Emily Carroll
Trillium by Jeff Lemire.
Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru
Hosoda and Yu.