Check our our updated core collection lists

We’re happy to announce updates to all of our core collection lists!

In 2017, as a staff, we considered nominations, voted, and created a series of recommended core title lists. These were the titles and series that we believe belong on all library shelves. Some are the most popular, others classics of the format, and some the most engaging titles for both fans of graphic novels and new comics readers.  These past few months, our current staff have worked to consider and update our 2017 lists.

Read on to check out our must-have title recommendations for libraries for collections for kids, tweens, teens, and adults.  We’ve also newly added manga core collection lists to help selectors find the best titles for tweens, teens, and adults. 

Comics Core Collections

Kids Core Collection

For readers ages 0-11.

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series

Tween Core Collection

For readers

ages 10-13.

Measuring Up

Teen Core Collection

For readers

ages 13-18.

As the Crow Flies

ADULT Core Collection

For readers

ages 18+.

Museum of Mistakes

Manga Core Collections

Tween Manga Core Collection

For readers ages 10-13.


Teen Manga Core Colllection

For readers ages 13-18.

Dragon Ball

ADULT Manga Core Colllection

For readers ages 18+.

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers
  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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