Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Nick Mag "Best Kids' Graphic Novel Awards"

What a FABULOUS idea! Per the press release:


Submission Process Now Open for Spring 2009 Awards

NEW YORK-Aug. 13, 2008-Nickelodeon Magazine, the leading entertainment and humor magazine for kids, has announced its first-ever “Best Kids’ Graphic Novel” Awards, taking place in spring 2009. The Awards will honor the best comic books and animated novels for kids published across the U.S. The submission process is open through Sept. 30, 2008, and voting will take place in December.

“Comics have always been an integral part of who we are, and these Awards will allow us to honor the great work for kids being produced in graphic novels today,” said Laura Galen, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director. “Our readers consistently rave about ‘The Comic Book’ section as one of their favorites, so awards are a natural direction for the magazine.”

All graphic novel submissions must be submitted before Sept. 30, 2008. A list of books for kids to vote on, pre-selected by the Nickelodeon Magazine editorial staff, will be available in the December issue and online at The results will be announced in print and online in spring 2009 in conjunction with the release of Nickelodeon Magazine’s popular annual cartoon-themed issue. Nickelodeon Magazine welcomes all submissions appropriate for kids between the ages of seven and 13.

Publishers interested in submitting graphic novels should send two copies of each title no later than Sept. 30, 2008. Submissions should be mailed to:
Chris Duffy or Dave Roman Graphic Novel Award Nickelodeon Magazine 1515 Broadway 37th Floor New York, NY 10036.

New Kid Reviewer

We have company!

So far it's all superhero comics, and some titles that he's reviewed I wouldn't necessarily recommend for all 7-year-olds, but The Kid is quite a good little reviewer!

Oprah's Kids' Reading Lists

I recently read this post declaring that the addition of Sara Varon's Robot Dreams to Oprah's Kids Reading List for 6 to 9 year-olds, intimating that this is the first graphic novel on the list. It isn't. Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid is on the 10 - 12 Year-Old list and Shaun Tan's The Arrival is on the 12 Years and Up list.

It's so wonderful to see my favorite form of literature represented on the Oprah's Kids list. Now, what about the adult list? I recommend Persepolis, as it seems to fit the female-friendly nature of the list. Your recommendations?