YALSA 2024 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Book List

By Nico Marjolin | February 5 2024 | Graphic NovelsManga, Manhwa, ManhuaYoung Adult

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released the 2024 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Book List, and we’re thrilled to see a bunch of PRH titles on the list, along with Mexikid and Tiger, Tiger Vol. 1 making it to the top ten!

This list is a collection of graphic novels highly recommended for teenagers between the ages of twelve to eighteen. The list comprises both fiction and nonfiction titles that have been selected based on their potential or proven appeal to the reading preferences of teenagers.

Our titles are listed below!

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Hidden Systems
Water, Electricity, the Internet, and the Secrets Behind the Systems We Use Every Day (A Graphic Novel)
978-1-9848-9604-9
We use water, electricity, and the internet every day--but how do they actually work? And what’s the plan to keep them running for years to come? This nonfiction science graphic novel takes readers on a journey from how the most essential systems were developed to how they are implemented in our world today and how they will be used in the future.
$17.99 US
Mar 14, 2023
Paperback
272 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 12 and up

It Won't Always Be Like This
A Graphic Memoir
978-1-9848-6029-3
An intimate graphic memoir about an American girl growing up with her Egyptian father's new family, forging unexpected bonds and navigating adolescence in an unfamiliar country—from the award-winning author of I Was Their American Dream.
$19.99 US
Sep 20, 2022
Paperback
224 Pages
Ten Speed Graphic

The Keeper
Soccer, Me, and the Law That Changed Women's Lives
978-0-593-53918-7
A beautifully illustrated coming-of-age graphic memoir chronicling how sports shaped one young girl’s life and changed women’s history forever.
$27.00 US
Oct 04, 2022
Paperback
336 Pages
Avery

Maybe An Artist, A Graphic Memoir
978-0-593-30782-3
A heartfelt and funny graphic novel memoir from one of the first Black female cartoonists to be published in the New Yorker, when she was just 22 years old.
$17.99 US
Oct 18, 2022
Paperback
176 Pages
Random House Studio
Age 12 and up

Mexikid
(Newbery Honor Award Winner)
978-0-593-46229-4
A poignant, hilarious, and unforgettable graphic memoir about a Mexican-American boy’s family and their adventure-filled road trip to bring their abuelito back from Mexico to live with them.
$14.99 US
Aug 01, 2023
Paperback
320 Pages
Dial Books
Age 10-14 years

Break of Dawn
978-1-64651-815-9
The coming-of-age manga that inspired the anime film from the acclaimed screenwriter Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)!
$22.99 US
Feb 14, 2023
Paperback
528 Pages
Kodansha Comics

Catwoman: Lonely City
978-1-77951-636-7
In a world without Batman…will Selina Kyle’s old wounds tear Gotham City apart? Cliff Chiang writes and illustrates the ultimate Catwoman masterpiece!
$29.99 US
Dec 20, 2022
Hardcover
224 Pages
DC Comics

Codex Black (Book One): A Fire Among Clouds
978-1-68405-959-1
Navigate through monsters, mysteries, and the will of the gods with two young extraordinary adventurers in fifteenth-century Mesoamerica as they search for a missing father.
$16.99 US
Apr 04, 2023
Paperback
320 Pages
IDW Publishing
Age 13-17 years

Cosmoknights (Book Two)
978-1-60309-511-2
Escape was just the beginning. The sensational “gays in space” webcomic/graphic novel returns, with new faces, long-awaited reunions, higher stakes, and more thrilling action!
$24.99 US
Jun 13, 2023
Paperback
280 Pages
Top Shelf Productions

Dai Dark Vol. 5
978-1-63858-825-2
FOUR DARK OUTLAWS AND THE PHOTONUCLEAR MAN
$13.99 US
Mar 28, 2023
Paperback
214 Pages
Seven Seas

Daemons of the Shadow Realm 01
978-1-64609-186-7
Hiromu Arakawa, award-winning manga creator of the best-selling smash hit Fullmetal Alchemist, draws readers into an intricate new web of magic, intrigue, and life-or-death stakes!In a world where certain humans command mighty supernatural duos called Daemons, it is the birthright of "the children who sunder day and night"—twins Yuru and Asa—to rule over these powerful entities.Separated from a young age and unaware of the truth of their birth, brother and sister must fight to make their way back to each other, claim their birthright, and save the world...
$12.99 US
Apr 25, 2023
Paperback
208 Pages
Square Enix Manga

DC vs. Vampires Vol. 1
978-1-77951-679-4
The war for Earth isn’t beginning… it’s already here! It’s the heroes of the DC Universe against the undead in an epic fight for the very survival of the human race!
$24.99 US
Sep 27, 2022
Hardcover
160 Pages
DC Comics

DC vs. Vampires Vol. 2
978-1-77952-124-8
The nightmarish second arc begins! The Earth is now cloaked in darkness as the victorious vampire empire has taken full control.
$24.99 US
Apr 04, 2023
Hardcover
160 Pages
DC Comics

Dinosaur Sanctuary Vol. 1
978-1-68579-324-1
A richly detailed manga about a rookie zookeeper learning how to care for dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, sure to delight dinosaur lovers!
$13.99 US
Sep 27, 2022
Paperback
194 Pages
Seven Seas

Dinosaur Sanctuary Vol. 2
978-1-68579-325-8
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED…
$13.99 US
Mar 14, 2023
Paperback
200 Pages
Seven Seas

Doughnuts and Doom
978-1-60309-513-6
Being a teenage witch—or rock star—is tougher than it looks! But maybe enemies can become friends…or more? Flying brooms and electric guitars set hearts aflame in this fantastically fizzy graphic novel.
$14.99 US
Sep 20, 2022
Paperback
136 Pages
Top Shelf Productions
Age 13-17 years

Hoops: A Graphic Novel
978-1-5362-3195-3
As seen on the Today showA work of fiction inspired by a true story, Matt Tavares’s debut graphic novel dramatizes the historic struggle for gender equality in high school sports.It is 1975 in Indiana, and the Wilkins Regional High School girls’ basketball team is in their rookie season. Despite being undefeated, they practice at night in the elementary school and play to empty bleachers. Unlike the boys’ team, the Lady Bears have no buses to deliver them to away games and no uniforms, much less a laundry service. They make their own uniforms out of T-shirts and electrical tape. And with help from a committed female coach, they push through to improbable victory after improbable victory. Illustrated in full color, this story about the ongoing battle of women striving for equality in sports rings with honesty, bravery, and heart.
$12.99 US
Mar 14, 2023
Paperback
224 Pages
Candlewick
Age 8-12 years

If You'll Have Me
978-0-593-40323-5
“Super sweet and totally heartwarming!”—Alice Oseman, bestselling author of Heartstopper and Loveless
$17.99 US
Oct 17, 2023
Paperback
336 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 14 and up

Is Love the Answer?
978-1-64651-649-0
A poignant coming-of-age story about a young woman coming into her own as she discovers her identity as aromantic asexual. A complete story in a single volume, from the creator of "Mine-kun is Asexual."
$14.99 US
Jan 17, 2023
Paperback
256 Pages
Kodansha Comics

The Knight Blooms Behind Castle Walls Vol. 1
978-1-63858-956-3
In this beautifully illustrated slice-of-life fantasy, a young girl sets out to become a valiant knight by first serving as a squire.
$13.99 US
Jan 10, 2023
Paperback
162 Pages
Seven Seas

The Knight Blooms Behind Castle Walls Vol. 2
978-1-68579-497-2
THE MAIDEN AND HER KNIGHT
$13.99 US
Apr 04, 2023
Paperback
162 Pages
Seven Seas

The Lonesome Hunters
978-1-5067-3101-8
From Russ Manning award-winning and Eisner-nominated Harrow County co-creator Tyler Crook comes this supernatural fantasy about loss, power, and destiny.
$19.99 US
Mar 14, 2023
Paperback
120 Pages
Dark Horse Books

Miss Miyazen Would Love to Get Closer to You 1
978-1-64729-141-9
I’d love to be friends!Two high school classmates, Sakura Miyazen and Sota Matsubayashi, are polar opposites: Miyazen is a prim and proper young lady, while Matsubayashi is a brusque former troublemaker. They’re secretly dying to talk to each other, but their backgrounds are so different, they can’t seem to strike up a conversation! And why does a simple greeting make the both of them turn red?!A cute and light-hearted romantic comedy that will have you rooting for the pair to get closer!
$12.95 US
Sep 27, 2022
Paperback
146 Pages
Vertical Comics

Miss Miyazen Would Love to Get Closer to You 2
978-1-64729-142-6
You probably don’t remember, but...Miyazen is a prim and proper young lady, and Matsubayashi is a brusque former troublemaker. They both want to get closer and secretly rack their brains every day trying to come up with things to talk about.But why is it that they’re so interested in each other in the first place? In this installment, we learn a bit more about their pasts and motivations!
$12.95 US
Nov 08, 2022
Paperback
130 Pages
Vertical Comics

Miss Miyazen Would Love to Get Closer to You 3
978-1-64729-173-0
Their hearts are at point-blank range!Miyazen is a prim and proper young lady, and Matsubayashi is a brusque former troublemaker. They’re still having trouble talking to each other, but the arrival of summer is giving them a little extra help. The more they get to know each other, the closer they want to become. And now they’ve finally reached a turning point...!
$12.95 US
Feb 21, 2023
Paperback
146 Pages
Vertical Comics

Miss Miyazen would Love to Get Closer to You 4
978-1-64729-213-3
The closer they get, the greedier they become!Sakura Miyazen and Sota Matsubayashi make an unlikely couple. After all, Miyazen is a prim and proper young lady, and Matsubayashi is a brusque former troublemaker. But they’re actually more similar than you’d think—both of them struggle to act naturally around each other, and they’re always thinking of ways to get closer. Now that they’re finally dating, what will they try doing next?Akitaka’s short and sweet romance comedy reaches its dramatic finale!
$12.95 US
May 23, 2023
Paperback
162 Pages
Vertical Comics

The Moth Keeper
(A Graphic Novel)
978-0-593-18226-0
Being a Moth Keeper is a huge responsibility and a great honor, but what happens when the new Moth Keeper decides to take a break from the moon and see the sun for the first time? From the author of the beloved Tea Dragon Society comes a must-read for fans of the rich fantasies of Hayao Miyazaki and the magical adventures of Witch Hat Atelier.
$13.99 US
Mar 07, 2023
Paperback
272 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 8-12 years

Nightwing Vol. 2: Get Grayson
978-1-77951-745-6
The New York Times bestselling team Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo bring you the second volume in their Nightwing epic!\Eisner Award Winner 2023 - Best Continuing SeriesEisner Award Nominee 2023 - Best Penciller/Inker, Bruno RedondoEisner Award Winner 2023 - Best Cover Artist, Bruno Redondo
$24.99 US
Dec 27, 2022
Hardcover
160 Pages
DC Comics

Nightwing Vol. 3: The Battle for Blüdhaven's Heart
978-1-77952-016-6
The New York Times bestselling team Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo bring you the third volume in their Nightwing epic!Eisner Award Winner 2023 - Best Continuing SeriesEisner Award Winner 2023 - Best Cover Artist, Bruno RedondoEisner Award Nominee 2023 - Best Penciller/Inker, Bruno Redondo
$24.99 US
Jun 27, 2023
Hardcover
176 Pages
DC Comics

Poison Ivy Vol. 1: The Virtuous Cycle
978-1-77951-849-1
Humanity had its chance. Now it’s time for Poison Ivy. The fan-favorite Batman villain steps into the solo spotlight, in a thrilling and tragic adventure written by Ms. Marvel co-creator G. Willow Wilson!Winner, Outstanding Comic Book - GLAAD Media Awards 2023
$24.99 US
May 23, 2023
Hardcover
200 Pages
DC Comics

SCARLET WITCH BY STEVE ORLANDO VOL. 1: THE LAST DOOR
978-0-7851-9474-3
A new era begins for Wanda Maximoff, as she goes on a journey to help those in need with witchcraft and heroism alike!
$19.99 US
Aug 29, 2023
Paperback
168 Pages
Marvel Universe

Superman: Son of Kal-El Vol. 2: The Rising
978-1-77951-738-8
Jonathan Kent is planet earth’s new Man of Steel! Between fighting a dictatorship in a foreign nation and battling giant sea creatures it can be overwhelming. Will he follow in his father’s footsteps or forge his own path?
$24.99 US
Nov 29, 2022
Hardcover
168 Pages
DC Comics

Superman: Son of Kal-El Vol. 3: Battle for Gamorra
978-1-77952-007-4
A new Man of Steel for a new era! Jonathan Kent dons his father’s cape as the 21st century Superman, from the bestselling writer Tom Taylor!
$24.99 US
May 09, 2023
Hardcover
136 Pages
DC Comics

Tiger, Tiger Vol. 1
978-1-63858-419-3
The Eisner-nominated webcomic in glorious print! Don’t miss this swashbuckling graphic novel about daring exploration and adventure.
$19.99 US
Jun 06, 2023
Paperback
320 Pages
Seven Seas

Twelfth Grade Night-Arden High, Book 1
9781368064651
$14.99 US
Oct 11, 2022
Paperback
160 Pages
Disney Hyperion
Age 12 and up

Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun 1
978-1-64729-242-3
Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun is really fun... It never loses its central heart and manages to blend humor and more serious plotlines smoothly....a nice attention to detail in both art and story, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this is a comedy that's worth your time. - Anime News Network
$12.95 US
May 02, 2023
Paperback
200 Pages
Vertical Comics