Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona was one of my favorite graphic novels of the year for so many reasons.
I never cared for unicorns as a child, but I’ve developed quite a thing for them–especially for sparkly ones–in my 40s. Dana Simpson’s series about Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is everything a story about unicorns ought to be.
Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover is the first book my son has ever tried to read by himself–and Booked, his new verse novel to be published in 2016, is the second. I liked both books too, but even if I hadn’t, Kwame Alexander would still be my new favorite author.
Anya Ulinich tackles motherhood, writing, relationships, immigration, life in her evocative graphic novel, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel.
Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl is about friendship struggles, strength, and finding yourself.
Zen Cho, where have you been all my life? Sorcerer to the Crown was one of my favorite reads of the year, and her short story collection, which I’ve just started, is equally good.
I am digging G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel series for all the awesome things it’s doing with a female superhero who also happens to be a Muslim teenaged girl from Jersey City.
Chieri Uegaki’s picture books paint rich and detailed pictures of children’s lives that fully honor the way the smallest moments resonate.
I don’t know how I managed to miss Bryan Lee O’Malley until 2015, but I did. Seconds remedied that.