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Comic Cover Titles List

By now you all know it is Banned Books week and we are having a contest celebrating our Freedom to Read.  When drawing your comic cover you can chose from one of the following Banned book titles or draw an original composition about Celebrating the freedom to read.

You do not have to use our template, but can draw a comic cover on a plain piece of copy paper, or use a computer drawing program and print it out.


You may choose from any book in the list of your grade group or younger i.e. Upper schoolers can choose any book in the list, Middle schoolers can choose from middle school or lower school, lower-schoolers can only choose from lower school books.  While it is not a requirement that you have READ the book, I encourage you to choose from a book title you have read.

For Lower School

  • Bone Comics by Jeff Smith
  • The Lord of the Rings by Tolkein
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  • Where the Wind Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Captain Underpants by Pilkney
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

For Middle School

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

For Upper School

  • Catcher in the Rye by Salinger
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Chbosky
  • The Chocolate Way by Robert Cormier
  • Go Ask Alice (Anonymous)
  • Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • The Absolutly True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Elanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


If you want comic and page ideas:

Marvel Build Your Own Comic  tremendously fun aplication and appropriate for all ages, and Yes we will accept a comic title page done with this site using marvel characters as long as it is about freedom of speech or a banned book from our list.  I would love to see a wolverine cover for “where the wild things are”…Just saying’    The main Marvel site has content that is mixed and some might be inappropriate for younger children.  

Archie Comics (This has mixed content, so browse with your kids, but generally appropriate)

Viz Comics (home to all things MANGA) Again Mixed bag.  includes such kid friendly titles as Pokemon but also titles for young adults and older (ex: Monster).  Please note that MANGA are generally aimed at older teens and adults and are NOT universally childlike or child friendly (R-NC17 ratings).  But the covers are pretty clean due to Japanese laws. (in Japan comics are shrink wrapped so you can not look inside until you have purchased it).

DC Comics website ****This site has graphic content and contains images which might be disturbing to younger children and some adults**** (so I am not putting the link in, you will have to go to this one yourself)

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

From American Library Association:

It may surprise some to find out there are hundreds of reported attempts to ban books every year in the United States. … This year’s Banned Books Week is spotlighting graphic novels [comics] because, despite their literary merit and popularity as a format, they are often subject to censorship.  … The current list [most frequently challenged books] for 2013 includes two graphic novels: Dave Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” series at the top spot and Jeff Smith’s series “Bone” at #10.  -Heather Cho / ALA Media Relations

Celebrate our Freedom to Read!

Starting Next Week:



Download Cover template PDF here: MANGACover  OR  Comic Cover

Rules of contest are as follows:

  • Comic cover must be of a banned book from our list by grade range or about “Celebrating the Freedom to Read”  See Ms. Meyers for complete list of books by grade level.
  • Comic cover can be done on computer, or by hand, black and white, or full color, but must be your own work
  • Comic front page can be notebook to full Bristol Comic art page size.  You can use your own template or page but physical cover is needed for contest.
  • You may draw multiple covers, but only one prize awarded per person.
  • Only cover pages done by students currently enrolled at Winston will be accepted for the contest, but faculty and staff are welcome to draw their own comic cover.
  • “Tweet” may be a word, or paragraph, no abbreviations, only full words and sentences are acceptable.
  • “Tweet” can be typed or handwritten on nothing smaller than a 3×5″ index card and nothing larger than 8.5×11″ notebook paper.
  • “Tweet” needs to be about one of the following: your cover, why you like comics, why freedom of speech is important
  • If you wish to be considered for a prize your work must have a name and grade level on the BACK of both tweet and artwork.  Unsigned work will still be displayed for the campus to see, but no prize can be awarded. (Sorry, if we don’t know who did it we can’t give you the prize!)
  • Deadline for Comic and Tweet to be turned in is: OCTOBER 3, 2014
  • Prizes awarded during Book Fair at Heroes and Hotcakes October 8th.

Download Cover template PDF here: MANGACover  OR  Comic Cover