The Young Adult Library Services Association has released its annual recommended reading list for teenagers. Their top 10 is a pretty diverse collection, it’s unranked—so each of the ten is as much the YALSA’s #1 recommendation as its #10:
- Giant Days Volumes 1 and 2 (Boom! Box)
- Black Panther, Book One: A Nation Under Our Feet (Marvel)
- Mighty Jack (First Second)
- Plutona (Image)
- March: Book Three (Top Shelf)
- Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film (Self Made Hero)
- Prez Vol. 1 (DC)
- Orange: The Complete Collection (Seven Seas Entertainment)
- Paper Girls Vol. 1 (DC)
- We Stand On Guard (Image)
Kind of a surprise to see “We Stand On Guard,” Brian K. Vaughn’s least-best, and least-best known work of the past few years. I really liked it, but I understand many found it a bit too…Polemic? Violent? Anyway, a nice variety mentioned in their list—love that they included Prez, a criminally underrated book—that includes the obvious (March, Black Panther) and esoteric (Orange, Prez).
The YALSA also included a very long list of recommended books, which you can find here but I thought I’d use my bully pulpit to call out a few that I think we all should buy for our teens…
- Tetris: the Games People Play (First Second). Yet another brilliant historical/biographical novel by Box Brown.
- Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu (Kodansha Comics). Whimsical, beautiful magna from the housecat’s perspective.
- Harrow County Vol 1 (Dark Horse). Great, offbeat horror book.
- The Vision, Vol 1 (Marvel). Best comic of 2016.
- Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham (DC). A reissue of a Mike Mignola classic.
- Lumberjanes Vol. 3 and 4 (Boom! Box). Everyone loves this book, but I confess I haven’t read it myself.
- All-New Wolverine Vol. 1 (Marvel). It’s fairly standard superhero(ine) fare, but for what it is, it’s very good.