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Graphic Novels for Kids

Graphic Novels for Kids

Snow White

Snow White a Graphic Novel is the classic Snow White story set after World War I. During the war while many men were serving in the military, many women did things they had not done before, like working outside the home in factories and businesses. During this time more women went to college and they won the right to vote. It is a really interesting time to set a story like Snow White, a story about a girl who seems to rely entirely on other people to rescue her or take care of her.

In this telling, Snow is strong and resilient and brave. She relies on her friends. Seven friends. I bet if you try to guess who they are, you’ll be wrong! This time around, Snow is rescued, but she does her own rescuing too! A great ending to a book that changes up the Snow White story to highlight how you get by with a little help from your friends!

Listed below are even more Favorite graphic novels & comics. They definitely aren’t just about superheroes anymore. In the list you will find a diverse cast of characters whose stories are set in different and interesting places.


eBooks:

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Attack of the Ninja FrogsAvatar the Last AirbenderBabymouse Goes for the GoldCalamity JackCaveboy DaveDog ManDork Diaries OMGGhostsJedi Academy Return of the PaduwanLast Kids on Earth Zombie ParadeLowriders from SpaceNoodleheads See the FutureOwly Flying LessonsRocket and Groot Fight BackSHerlock HolmesSonic Kindred SpiritsThe Secret of the SphinxThe Truth About StaceyThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

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Anne of Green GablesGoldie VanceMuppets King ArthurOddly NormalPeanuts Where Beagles DareStar Wars Rogue OneThe Adventures of Kung Fu RobotThe BackstagersThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Print Books:

A Wrinkle in TimeAvengers AssemblingBatman and Robin AdventuresBraveMega PrincessReal FriendsSita's RamayanaThe BreadwinnerThe Tea Dragon SocietyWe're Out of HereWhere's HalmoniEl DeafoRedwall the Graphic NovelThe Graveyard BookThe Lightning Thief Graphic NovelMiddle School the Worst Years of My LifeSunny Side UpRoller GirlsMissile MouseAmuletSmileZebrafishSecret Science AllianceCalvin and HobbesDiary of a Wimpy KidBig NateJoey FlyLunch LadyAmelia RulesCaptain UnderpantsRapunzel's RevengeInto the Volcano
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Drawing Superheroes & Villains

Drawing Superheroes & Villains

Superhero Drawing Class – For kids ages 6 – 17. Learn the basics of drawing human figures so you can start sketching your favorite superhero characters.

How to Draw Superman, Batman and Other DC Comics

 

We have a lot of drawing books at the library. You can learn to draw NASCAR, forest animals, sea creatures, cartoon characters, buildings and much more. Each book includes step-by-step directions. How to Draw Batman, Superman, and Other DC Super Heroes and Villains is a great place to start learning how to draw the action poses of your favorite superheroes. You can start to draw right now by checking out an e-book with your IndyPL library card, or come into one of our branches to check out print books. We also have graphic novels starring your favorite characters and books about cartoonists. Listed below are several that are about comics, graphic novels and superheroes.


E-books:

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Young Artists Draw MangaHow to Draw AnimeKids Draw Manga
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Comic FunHow to Write a Comic BookSpectacular SuperheroesBig Book of CartooningWhat Are Graphic NovelsYou Can Draw Manga

Print Books:

The Ultimate Guide to Creating ComicsHow to Draw Comic HeroesHow to Draw Superman and His Friends and FoesHow to Draw Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and Other DC Super HeroesHow to Draw Batman and His Friends and FoesHow to Draw th eJoker, Lex Luthor and Other DC Super VillainsHow to Draw Comic Book HeroesHow to Draw Manga WarriorsThe Art of Drawing Manga HeroesHow to Draw Manga Action FiguresHow to Draw Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesDraw Comics and Graphic NovelsDrawing the Heroes in Your Graphic NovelDrawing Awesome Cartoon CharactersWho Is Stan Lee?Boys of SteelCreate Your Own Comic StripsComics: Investigate the History and Technology of American CartooningAdventures in Cartooning
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DIY Clubhouses, Forts & Models

DIY Clubhouses, Forts & Models

Build your Own Fort, Igloo and Other Hangouts A lazy summer day is a great time to build your own fort or clubhouse. Listed below are two kinds of books. You can get ideas for help getting started on a model-size structure like a fairy house, lego or minecraft creation, or you can get ideas for a fort, clubhouse or tree house that you can build for yourself and your friends. There are also some books about interesting architects. Architects are people who design the homes and buildings we live and work in. They are artists who create on a giant scale.

You can visit your neighborhood branch this summer to take a class from a real architect. You can learn some useful building principles and practice them on your own model. Maybe you can make a kid-size version later!

Character Clubhouse Design Class – Children ages 6 and older are invited to join Next Great Architects to design a clubhouse for their superhero or favorite character. They’ll learn a bit about architecture while they build. Participants are asked to bring a shoebox or small box. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Branch Schedule

 

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E-books:

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The Fort That Jack BuiltBuilt to LastIn the Tree HouseFroggy Builds a Tree HouseDreaming Up

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Creating Fairy RetreatsThe Fort on Fourth StreetFrank Lloyd Wright for Kids

Print Books:

Bottle HousesBuilding BigBuilding on NatureFort Building TimeOliver Pig and the Best Fort EverTake Shelter at Home Around the WorldThe Illustrated Atlas of ArchitectureThe Lego ArchitectThe World is Not a RectangleAn Igloo on the Moon: Exploring ArchitectureCool StructuresLet's Build a ClubhouseUp In the LeavesCool Architecture
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Diverse Superheroes for Kids

Diverse Superheroes for Kids

Batgirl New Hero of the NightIf you passed out a quiz and asked people to name superheroes, chances are the first names to appear on their lists would be Superman, Batman or Spiderman. You can see the three letters these names all have in common! If you start to make a list though, you notice that over the years superheroes have become a really interesting and diverse group. Some are children, some are women, some are Hispanic or African-American, and they are not all from fictionalized American cities like Metropolis or Gotham City. Listed below are books that tell the stories of a wonderfully diverse cast of superhero characters. Who doesn’t want to see themselves as a superhero? I do, and I can! Batgirl is a librarian!


Miles Morales the Ultimate SpidermanThe Unbeatable Squirrel GirlSupergirl Takes OffThe Gumazing Gum Girl: Chews Your DestinyMs Marvel's Fists of FuryWonder Woman Warrior for JusticeZapato PowerSuperheroLucia the LuchadoraNino Wrestles the WorldThe Adventures of SparrowboySuper Oscar
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Juneteenth & Indy Book Fest – Central Library

Juneteenth & Indy Book Fest – Central Library

June 19th is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery. Why this day? On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863…two YEARS earlier. Back in those days, it took news A LOT longer to travel! Plus, in this case, there were people who deliberately kept the news from traveling. Here is the timeline:

1. January 1, 1863 The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order made by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. It declared slaves in the Confederacy free. It affected some slaves, but not all of them.

  • 2. June 19, 1865 Freedom Day in Texas – Texas was very remote back then and news traveled slow. It also took a long time for the Union army to makes its way to Texas. On June 19, a Union General read out loud “General Order No. 3”, announcing the total emancipation of slaves in Texas. The day became known as “Juneteenth” (“June” plus “nineteenth”) and is widely celebrated today in Texas and across the country, as an important day commemorating the freeing of slaves in America.

3. December 6, 1865 The Thirteenth Amendment This amendment to the Constitution completely abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as the punishment of a crime.

Join us on Saturday, June 16, Juneteenth, at Central Library for our 1st Annual Indy Book Fest –  You are invited for activities that celebrate the African American experience.  With the theme, “Words of Strength: A Juneteenth Celebration,” there will be indoor and outdoor presentations throughout the Library including:

  • arts & crafts
  • ethnic food
  • writers, spoken word poets
  • visual artists
  • storytellers
  • musicians
  • writer’s workshop
  • local book club conference
  • coloring and face painting for kids
  • author signings
  • vendor merchandise

Books:

Abraham Lincoln the Great EmancipatorBen and the Emancipation ProclamationDays of JubileeEmancipation Proclamation Lincoln and the Dawn of LibertyEmancipation ProclamationFifty Cents and a Dream Young Booker T. WashingtonFreedom's Gifts a Juneteenth StoryHope's GiftHow Abraham Lincoln Ended SlaveryJuneteenthJuneteenthJuneteenthJuneteenthJuneteenth JamboreeLift Every Voice and SingThe Story of JuneteenthWhen Were the Slaves First Set Free After the Civil War
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