The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry, are given out in more than two-dozen categories covering the best publications and creators of the previous year. It has gone through several iterations recognizing publications for kids and teens through the years. The awards also cover scholarly work about comic books, and are a good resource for finding valuable books on the topic such as those listed on the left.
In addition, a variety of graphic novels win achievements such as Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz awards, and winners are included in our Award Winners Collection. Graphic novels manage to express stories and emotions in a different way that appeal to a wide audience, and have been especially beneficial in reaching reluctant readers.
The following are just a few books on the topic:
Graphic novels have become a powerful format for conveying historical materials, whether it's a biography, historical fiction, or simply non-fiction. Strong examples include Art Spiegelman's Maus, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, and Matt Faulkner's Gaijin: An American Prisoner of War.
The following are a few historical graphic novels in our collection, and additional resources can be found via the San Jose Public Library.