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Pop Culture Classroom’s Awards Focused on Graphic Novels for Educators, Learning

[Denver, CO — Jan. 22, 2024] — The Denver-based education nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom today kicked off the seventh annual Excellence in Graphic Literature (EGL) Awards, inviting publishers and independent creators of graphic literature to submit their best titles from 2023 for consideration in this year’s EGL Awards.  

Founded in 2017, the EGL Awards are uniquely focused on graphic novels, comic collections, and manga that teachers, librarians, parents, and readers can use to advance learning, literacy, and education. 

“The EGL Awards connect parents and educators to age-appropriate graphic literature that can enhance learning and improve student literacies. “The winning titles are carefully selected by a jury of experts in the fields of education, library science, and graphic literature.”  

Matt Slayter, Director of Education at Pop Culture Classroom.

EGL Awards title submissions are open now at and close March 1, 2024. Titles may be submitted in any of the following categories: 

  • Children’s Books (grades pre-K-4)  
  • Middle-Grade Books (grades 5-8)  
  • Young Adult Books (grades 9-12)  
  • Adult Books  

Fiction and non-fiction titles will be evaluated separately, with finalist and winners for best fiction and non-fiction titles in each of the above categories. Publishers and independent creators may submit a maximum of TWO (2) books per category for each distinction.   

The EGL Awards Advisory Board and Juries  will then evaluate title submissions based on a clearly defined and transparent process.

This year’s EGL Awards finalists will be announced in June, with category award winners, the Mosaic Award (celebrating stories about and from diverse communities, ethnicities, nationalities, faiths, and identities), and the EGL Awards Book of the Year to follow soon after. 

Last year’s EGL Award winners include 2023’s Book of the Year, Button Pusher by Tyler Page (First Second Books), and the year’s Mosaic Award Winner, Alice on the Run: One Child’s Journey Through the Rwandan Civil War by Gaspard Talmasse (Life Drawn, an imprint of Humanoids).

A full list of past winners is available online at

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Pop Culture Classroom is a Denver-based education and arts nonprofit organization that works to inspire a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity, and build community through the tools of popular culture and the power of self-expression. 

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