Welcome to the Excelsior Award

2019 Winners!



by Jamie Smart

Published by David Fickling Books



by Mariko Tamaki & Joelle Jones

Published by DC Comics



by Joe Henderson & Lee Garbett

Published by Image Comics



by Jeff Lemire & Max Fiumara

Published by Dark Horse

Overall Winner!


by Joe Henderson & Lee Garbett

Published by Image Comics

True Believers Award Winner

Balgowan Primary School, London

For returning the most Rating Forms of all the schools participating

'Nuff Said Award Winner

Abraham Moss Community School, Manchester

For producing the best Excelsior Award school display



The best cover, as voted for by Librarians and Teachers

What is the Excelsior Award?

The Excelsior Award is the only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga - where kids aged 11-18 decide the winner by rating each book as they read it! Twenty graphic novels are selected for the four age-appropriate shortlists and it now attracts over two hundred schools and public libraries from all over the UK and Ireland! The overall goal of this scheme is to encourage reading amongst teenagers. However, its secondary target is to raise the profile of graphic novels and manga amongst school librarians and teachers. This storytelling medium has been a largely underused resource within education for many years. The Excelsior Award attempts to highlight some of the amazing books that are out there - books that fully deserve to be in our school libraries alongside regular fiction!

With Great Power There Must Also Come.... Great Supporters!

Many thanks to the following companies, organisations and institutions for their continuing support....

Sheffield Space Centre

Established in 1978, The Sheffield Space Centre is one of the oldest SF, fantasy and comic shops in the UK.

School Library Association

The School Library Association is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.

Cakes With Faces

Funny t-shirts, colourful clothes, accessories and gifts with cute designs inspired by Japanese kawaii. Original designs. UK shop. Fast delivery.

Biglin Graphics

Providing high quality art prints for sale at competitive prices. 
Working in a range of popular culture categories from Film, Music and Cult TV.
We also offer reprints of vintage illustrations, adverts and posters.

Boom Studios

Boom! Studios is an American comic book and graphic novel publisher, headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Yen Press

Yen Press

American publisher of a wide variety of Japanese manga, Korean manhwa and other international graphic novel content.



British publisher of European comic albums and graphic novels. It describes itself as "The 9th Art Publisher," the 9th art being comics in France, Belgium and Italy.

Classical Comics

Classical Comics

British publisher of graphic novel adaptations of the great works of literature, including Shakespeare, Brontë and Dickens.



Nobrow makes great design, ground-breaking art and narrative, luscious production values and environmental consciousness central to its mission.

IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing

American publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books, and comic strip collections. Regularly recognised as the fifth-largest comic book publisher in the United States.

The Phoenix

The Phoenix Comic

The Phoenix is a weekly comic with high quality content and no 3rd party adverts, suitable for girls and boys aged 6-12.



American publisher of comic books and related media. The company was founded in 1989 by former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter.

Dynamite Entertainment

American publisher of comic books, graphic novels and other collectibles. Founded in 2005, Dynamite has published such titles as Vampirella, Red Sonja, Project Superpowers, Army of Darkness, Warlord of Mars and many more.

Browns Book for Students

Supplier of books and eBooks for schools and libraries.

Peters Books & Furniture

Supplier of books and furniture for nurseries, schools, academies, and public libraries.

Bloke of Steel

The Bloke of Steel is Paul Register, a former school librarian from Sheffield, now working as an Educational Speaker/Trainer specialising in comics, graphic novels and school libraries.