The 2021 Eisner Nominees were announced! Diamond Book Distributors has a great graphic showing them off, with links to the Eisner catalog on Edelweiss.
What am I excited about? Glad you asked!
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
- Bear, by Ben Queen and Joe Todd-Stanton (Archaia/BOOM!)
- Cat Kid Comic Club, by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic Graphix)
- Donut Feed the Squirrels, by Mika Song (RH Graphic/RH Children’s Books)
- Kodi, by Jared Cullum (Top Shelf)
- Lift, by Minh Lê and Dan Santat (Little, Brown Young Readers)
- Our Little Kitchen, by Jillian Tamaki (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
I’ve read all but Lift and Our Little Kitchen, which I’m requesting from my library as we speak. Cat Kid is adorable and hilarious, but I live in a Dog Man household, so I may be biased. I loved every one of these, but for early calls, I have to lean toward either Bear or Kodi for now: but talk to me after I read the last two I need to get.
Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
- Doodleville, by Chad Sell (Knopf/BFYR/RH Children’s Books)
- Go with the Flow, by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann (First Second/Macmillan)
- Mister Invincible: Local Hero, by Pascal Jousselin (Magnetic Press)
- Snapdragon, by Kat Leyh (First Second/Macmillan)
- Superman Smashes the Klan, by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC)
- Twins, by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Scholastic Graphix)
Okay, have to read Mister Invincible to finish this category. What do I think has a lock on the win? Snapdragon. What am I leaning toward voting for? It’s a hard toss-up between Go With the Flow, Superman Smashes the Klan, and Twins.
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
- Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones, by Ngozi Ukazu (First Second/Macmillan)
- Displacement, by Kiku Hughes (First Second/Macmillan)
- Dragon Hoops, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second/Macmillan)
- Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence, by Joel Christian Gill (Oni Press)
- A Map to the Sun, by Sloane Leong (First Second/Macmillan)
- When Stars are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (Dial Books)
I’ve read all of these! I’m really pushing for When Stars Are Scattered, but Fights, Displacement, and Dragon Hoops are all in the running for my vote.
Talk to me! What are you loving? What are you voting for?