EBSCO and Children's Book Council Introduce New Graphic Novels Award

EBSCO Information Services has partnered with the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children's Book Council to create the SEE-IT Award. The acronym stands for Stories Engagingly Expressed-Illustratively Told, and is meant to recognize the cultural and literary impact of youth graphic novels.

EBSCO and the Children's Book Council are calling for submissions from publishers until February 14th, 2017 to be considered for this award based on the following criteria:

  • Literary quality
  • Interweaving of art and story
  • Lasting impact and distinguished contributions to the format and youth literature
  • An audience range of K-12, or young readers through young adult

Jurors for the award include:

  • Gail de Vos, University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies
  • Leigh Anne Focareta, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Francisca Goldsmith, Library and Media Consultant
  • John Meier, Pennsylvania State University
  • Michael Pawuk, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Rebecca B. Vargha, School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Linda Ward-Callaghan, Joliet Public Library

According to PRWeb, Vice President of EBSCO eBooks, Ken Breen, says "the SEE-IT Award underscores the increasing prominence and impact of graphic novels as a genre... the SEE-IT Award is a way to highlight ermerging titles and authors, and reward publishers providing these titles to libraries." Breen went on to express EBSCO's appreciation for the format's ability to engage young readers through visual and literary techniques to boost reading comprehension and encourage a love of reading.

Finalists for the SEE-IT Award will be named in April, and the winners will be announced by Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, during EBSCO's K-12 and Public Library Luncheon at ALA-Annual in Chicago. 

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