BES Graphic Novel Nominees (2014-2015).
(The following was adapted/updated from my BES Graphic Novel Nominees post from March 17, 2013)
It’s time to celebrate year two!
The nominees in the graphic novel category of the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan (BES) Award were just announced! Voting will soon be closed for this year’s nominees and our Maryland students will soon select the first recipient of our BES Graphic Novel Award for grades 4-6!
As the committee chair for the BES Graphic Novel Award, I again struggle to articulate how proud I am of the nominees our committee members selected and how privileged I am to have worked with such a great group of teacher librarians in selecting these titles.
We selected 10 graphic novels published within the past three years (2011, 2012, and 2013) that we felt were outstanding titles for students in grades 4-6. These are graphic novels we also consider to be must-haves for library collections and titles we feel will quickly earn the hearts of students and teachers alike. They represent a variety of genres including action/adventure, science fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. But more importantly, there are a testament to the great strength graphic novels possess in storytelling. We hope you and your students enjoy these titles as much as we do!
The 2014-2015 BES Graphic Novel Award Grades 4-6 Nominees are:
|SMASH: Book 1, Trial by Fire by Chris A. Bolton and Kyle Bolton|
|Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! by Nathan Hale|
|Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell|
Rob Harrell (@HarrellRob) lives in Austin, TX. Visit RobHarrell.com for more info.
|Explorer: The Mystery Boxes edited by Kazu Kibuishi|
Kazu Kibuishi (@BoltCity) lives in California. Visit BoltCity.com for more info.
|Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! by Stephen McCranie|
Stephen McCranie (@StephenMcCranie) lives in Albequerque, NM. Visit MalandChad.com for more info.
|Missile Mouse: Rescue on Tankium3 by Jake Parker|
Jake Parker (@MrJakeParker) live in Utah. Visit MrJakeParker.com for more info.
|Bluffton by Matt Phelan|
Matt Phelan (@MattPhelanDraws) lives in Pennsylvania. Visit MattPhelan.com for more info.
|Cat’s Cradle: Book 1, The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux|
Jo Rioux lives in Ottowa, Canada. Visit JoRioux.com for more info.
|Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman|
Dave Roman (@Yaytime) lives in California. Visit Yaytime.com for more info.
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(The following was adapted/updated from my Picture Book Nominees post from March 14, 2012)
State book awards are as unique as the state awarding them, as is the process for selecting the titles. The Black-Eyed Susan Award has been given to authors each year since 1992 and the award recognizes outstanding literature for children in the categories of Picture Book, Grades 4-6, Middle School, and High School. Book nominees are selected in each category by committees of active and retired school librarians from throughout the state. The nominees are announced in March for the following year. Winners are student-selected in April of the following school year.
Announcing the nominees now gives us a chance to familiarize ourselves with the books, start planning lessons and activities for the following school year, and earmark money from our book budgets to purchase the nominated titles.
Personally, I really like scouring the list of nominees to see if an author of a nominated book could visit our school in person or virtually via Skype.
Having said that, I want to share a resource with you I created to help promote the nominated books and save time finding information on author visits for our nominees. Visit my BES Graphic Novel Author Visits 2014-2015 sqworl for links to the author’s school visit information (where available). I’ve noted where the authors travel from in case it helps you plan your author visit more easily. (I know travel expenses can sometimes make or break our school’s decision, but you can always explore alternate means of funding such as grant writing and fundraising. Some authors will even Skype for a 15-minute session for FREE!)
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