What School Librarians Say About The Excelsior Award... 

  • “The mix of books was perfect as it was eclectic and diverse. The students all commented on the artwork and how that in itself drew their attention to the read” Tina Sanders (School Librarian, Surrey)
  • “We used to shadow the Carnegie, but our students just didn’t enjoy it. So we’ve joined your award and the students are rapt! And I’m an addict!” Lynne Coppendale (School Librarian, Doncaster)
  • “The Rating Form was good because they didn’t have to write a formal review – they do enough of that in lessons!” Rosalind Jensen (School Librarian, Dorset)
  • “Looks COOL! You're fab, you know that??? I think it's brilliant! All novels should be recognised.” Nikki Heath (School Librarian of the Year 2008, Stockport)
  • “I had far more pupils interested than books allowed for. I shall be investing in more sets next year. The award also brought me into contact with pupils who are not frequent or usual library visitors. New relationships have been created! Thank you!” Carolyn Cook (School Librarian, Birmingham)
  • “The quality of the artwork and just the sheer beauty of a glossy quality book makes them so attractive compared to many of the cheap and cheerful paperbacks.” Tricia Oyston (School Librarian, Sheffield) 
  • “Think this is a fantastic idea. The boys at my place will eat it alive!” Carol Webb (School Librarian of the Year 2011, Lewisham, London)
  • “I’ve been looking for something like this and it seems perfect, especially for engaging reluctant readers or pupils who wouldn't usually join a traditional reading club.” Gemma Sosnowsky (School Librarian, Cumbria)

What Comics Creators Say About The Excelsior Award... 

  • “What an absolutely fantastic program. Really honoured to be involved. I have long been an advocate of comics and graphic novels and their place as a literacy tool. Providing young people with something exciting and fantastical that they WANT to read seems like a pretty simple idea but it's one that is sadly overlooked by many. So, it's great to see you pushing this out there.” Tom Taylor (writer of Star Wars: Blood Ties)
  • “This is fantastic. I'm thrilled that Sinister Spider-Man is up for consideration. You're a great champion for comics and graphic novels and I wish you the best of success with your endeavour.” Chris Bachalo (illustrator of Sinister Spider-Man
  • "The Excelsior Award is not hype. It's a genuine effort by UK school librarians to get comics into schools. We all win!" Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, 2000AD, Green Lantern)
  • “I think it's a great idea. If it wasn't for comics I wouldn't have read anything at all as a teenager. I'm delighted to hear that Batman Reborn has made the shortlist.” Frank Quitely (illustrator of Batman Reborn
  • “I'm extremely honoured to have been included in such a worthwhile cause and alongside such talent. I wish you every success with the project. Great idea!” Clint Langley (illustrator of ABC Warriors
  • “Good luck with it all. You're a champion of the cause!” David Lloyd (Aces Weekly, V For Vendetta, etc.)
  • "Just read your email about Wuthering Heights. Great news for myself and my two writers Sean and Emily and for Classical Comics." John M. Burns (illustrator of Wuthering Heights: The Graphic Novel)
  • "John's artwork on our version of Wuthering Heights is something very special, and I think we made a sophisticated version, authentic to the original. So this news is very pleasing. The award aim seems a worthwhile one also, of promoting graphic novel reading within schools. Good luck with the process!" Sean M. Wilson (script adaptation on Wuthering Heights: The Graphic Novel)
  • "Wow! What a great program you've started. Truly. I'm honoured to be a part of it and I thank you for helping my book get into 120+ libraries where it otherwise might not have." Robert Venditti (writer of X-O Manowar)
  • "Thanks so much! I'm confident I speak for the rest of the team in expressing our sincere gratitude for this honour. Nothing is more exciting than getting comics in front of a new generation of readers, so win or lose, we already feel like champs for being included in this process. It's a great thing you good folks are doing!" Tom Waltz (writer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • "Wow, this is a really amazing honour to be chosen. Thank you for letting me know about this award. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for any news. Let me know if I can do anything to help spread awareness of the award." Kurtis J. Wiebe (writer of Peter Panzerfaust)
  • "Personally, I have to tell you, I am very honoured to be part of this. All of the motivations and meanings mentioned in your film and on the website are very true to my own. I can't tell you how pleased I am to be associated with your program. Thanks again." Tyler Jenkins (illustrator of Peter Panzerfaust)
  • "What fabulous and unexpected news! Thank you for tracking me down to let me know, it's such a great list of books to be included with." Nicola Scott (illustrator of Earth 2)
  • "This is extremely exciting news, and I'm gratified to hear that the book made the shortlist. Any time I can feel like I'm reaching younger readers is a big deal to me. Whether it wins the award or not, it's still an enormous honour." Charles Soule (writer of Superman / Wonder Woman)