After tackling the Best Comics of 2016 and the Best Reprints of 2016, Paste now turns it eyes to sequential art aimed at younger readers. If the past 12 months proved anything, it’s that kids comics have confirmed royalty: chart dominator Raina Telgemeier produced one of her most charming books to date with Ghosts, the prolific Ben Hatke offered thoughtful fantasy in Mighty Jack and Luke Pearson’s watercooler favorite, Hilda, expanded it scope with The Stone Forest, not to mention the Adventures in Cartooning jokers churning out more goofy goodness. Many of these creators write and illustrate exclusively for youngsters and middle-graders, and that continued devotion has culminated in a wider library; not only can our kids venture into a comic or book store and find engaging reads, but they can return a month later to find more. All of these entries are excellent and many of them expand kids comics literature in new directions, including Eric Orchard’s nuanced framing of mental illness in Bera the One-Headed Troll. Let us know your favorite kids comics of the year on Twitter.