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)