Stan Lee Excelsior Award for graphic novels and manga

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Stan Lee Excelsior Award for graphic novels and manga

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Mar 6, 2012, 5:39am

The Stan Lee Excelsior Award is an exciting new UK book award for graphic novels and manga - where kids aged 11-16 choose the winner by rating each book as they read it!

Eight graphic novels are selected for the shortlist and it now attracts over 80 school and public libraries from all over the UK - from Scotland to Jersey, from Belfast to Gateshead! 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 Stan Lee 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!

We work closely with both the Schools Library Association and the Stan Lee Foundation. We are thrilled that 'Stan The Man' has given us his blessing and his permission to name this award after him.

UK schools are currently in the 'Reading & Rating' process. The deadline for the return of all Rating Forms is 27th April. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 6th July. In December the whole process will start again when the shortlist for 2013 is announced! Next year, I am looking to extend the Excelsior Award's influence beyond these shores and into schools in places like Australia and America.

All details about the award can be found at the official website - - including downloadable resources, mini-movies, links, comics news items, blog, contact details, etc.

If you would like to get involved next year or would just like more information, please do get in touch. I'd love to hear from you. :-)

'Nuff said!