Activities, recipes, free printables and life with four kids
My boys are all about the comic books at the moment.
Im not even sure what started it, the big kids have been reading comics and graphic novels off and on for ages, and the little one loves them for all the cool pictures, but just recently the boys started making their own, and so I made them some printable comic book templates to help them along.
I dont know what started their new found love of creating comics, but you can bet I am going to encourage it!
Comics are such a great way to encourage reading, writing and storytelling, and to work on all the skills needed to be a successful reader and writer. Plus they are loads of fun!
Today I was writing dictated captions to an angry bird comic strip written by Noah (aged four) before I had even had breakfast!
Making comics is perfect for a pre-writer like Noah as he can tell his story in pictures, making him feel confident and capable. He can easily dictate captions for me to write for him, as he learns that words have power and meaning. And he can create images to go along with those words.
Comics are also great for reluctant writers like my seven year old. He can get his story going with pictures before he writes even a single word which helps him sort out how the story will work, and clearly see that it needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. And because there is not much space for words he only needs to write short sentences and one word exclamations, not at all daunting for someone who says he hates writing.
Of course if you are keen on making comic books, you need some printable comic book templates.
Ive made two sets of comic book templates to share.
The first set has bigger and fewer spaces good for smaller kids or artists who want to ad LOTS of details. This set has two pages with added speech bubbles and exclamations and two pages which just the spaces.
You candownload the larger set of printable comic book templates here.
The second set has smaller and more spaces good for older kids and those that like to write lots of scenes into their stories. This set has two pages with added speech bubbles and exclamations and two pages which just the spaces.
You candownload the smaller set of printable comic book templates here.
We also made some extra pages with more speech bubbles, thought bubbles, exclamations and arrows. One page in black and white, the other with a few coloured pieces. You should have enough pieces to write even the most detailed comic!
You candownload the set of comic book extras here.
All the printables shared in this post are A4 sized pdf files, if you are printing on US letter sized paper be sure to select fit or shrink to fit from your printer options.
The free printables at are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
I hope this will start a fun comic craze in your house too!
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Super cool, Kate. My kids love making comics and we have some templates that I made on the computer, but these are a whole level above. They will love them!! x
This looks like so much fun! My girls are 5 and I dont know if theyve ever even seen a comic book. (OH NOBAD MOM ALERT! 😉 ) Whats a good one to start out at this age? They are just starting to read on their own
Ive got a friend writing a fab post about comics and graphic novels for kids, Ill make sure I share a link here as soon as it is published!
Here you go some great recommendations for comics and graphic novels from one of my favourite book blogger!
Thank you! That was so sweet of you to remember! Ill check it out now 🙂
Im not sure if you will even see this, but I have some really good ones for the k-2nd age group that my daughter enjoyed. Bird and Squirrel is a big hit (3 books in the series), as is The Flying Beaver Brothers (4 book series) and any of the My Little Pony or Disney Fairy graphic novels. They are all easy to read, not too busy as far as the drawings go (some older graphic novels are really too visually stimulating and hard to follow for a young child). There are also 2 books called Mr. Pants- Its Go time and Mr. Pants-Slacks Camera Action that my daughter has been reading since she was 7. There are I think 4 books in the Hildafolk series that are wonderful, very visually appealing, and sweet, surreal stories. Enjoy! We have checked all of these out at our local library. Yours may have a Juvenile Graphic Novel section which helps in finding these titles, or just search them on the computer catalog.
This is all my boys have been doing this weekend! writing comic books. thanks for this!
Oh my goodnessthis is awesome! My daughter is 9 and is comic book OBSESSED. She is so excited about these printables. Thank you for making these available.
Thanks a lot! They are awesome! We had a great fun in my family Enlish camp drawing them together everyone joined starting with 4year olds. We had a scheme where one person started drawing, the other continued and then another and after that the strip came back to the creator always unexpectable:)
Thankyou very much for sharing these!!! My son is loving making comics at the moment and these will be the perfect thing to add to our holiday activities for him and my daughters (who love to do what ever hes doing).
Thanks for the templates! Using them with my 2nd grade class. They love them!
Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing these, they are just what I need for my son.
Thanks so much Kate for your creations. These will come in handy for all sorts of activities.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!! THESE ARE GREAT 🙂
This is great! Im pinning and including a link on my post about graphic novels. Thank you for providing a fun freebie that is so useful especially with boys who are creative in ways their mama never could dream up.
Thank You! This is very helpful for my son who is 7 years old. He has a Comic book project due in school, which he has a Super Hero who helps with issues in his community.
Thanks for the sharing. Theyre great and very useful for my students and especially for my son.
Thank you, what a great idea, and really kind of you to share
Thank you so much for generously sharing these with us! I have a feeling that it will be a hit with my older son who loves to draw comics. 🙂
Thank you for these!! I can not tell you how many times I have come to your site to download these time and time again! My girls love them and they have made some pretty fabulous comic books with them.
These are great! Im going to use this in my classroom!
Thank you so much for these! Im all about helping mom finds simple ways to find sanity, and these helped me find mine on this chaotic Saturday morning. So glad to have connected with you!
Thank you so much. These are perfect for my boys. I appreciate you sharing them and making them so easy to print off.
Wow! Awesome activity for emerging writers. And also for older kids to just have fun with. Im a childcare educator of a group ranging in age from 6 12 years. This will go over big in all age groups. Thanks so much for sharing.
Thank you so much for sharing! This is great for our writing center and writing activities! What a great way to get the children excited about writing! I cant wait to share this with our Creative Tots! 🙂
It would be fabulous for a writing center!
If you happen to snap some photos feel free to share them on our facebook page ( m/Picklebums) or on instagram ( add the hashtag picklebumsprintables so I can find them)
Amazing resource thank you! My girls are so into comics that I think they are going to love making their own 🙂
Thank you so much! This is just what I am looking for! I cant wait for my 2nd graders to transform their stories into comics!
Wed love to see your class comics! If you have photos feel free to share them on my facebook page or tag @picklebums on instagram!
So helpful thankyou my son missed a comic making workshop in school because of a hospital appointment and they forgot to save him any of the special paper so this is a lifesaver!
Thats great! Super idea! Thank you very much!
Fantastic templates I know my class will love them! Thank you
Just found these on FB. My grandson will love these! Thank you.
My son asked me to print a blank comic for him. After going through pages of rubbish i finally came across your page. I downloaded all 3 files and now both of my kids are having a blast. Ill definitely be printing them out again!
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful printable! My 5 year old son spent 1.5 hours illustrating his own 8 page comic and he is absolutely thrilled. My four year old daughter also really enjoyed making a few comic book pages of her own. This is an amazing resource!
Absolutely fantastic. I have gotten some gorgeous products using these as Literature Reviews and the students truly enjoy using them. Thanks for saving me time!
And Im using them with high school Seniors!
Thanks so much for these cool comic templates. My 6 year old son is so excited to use them!
Thank you SO much for these printables!! My son is in 7th grade and has to write a graphic novel. There has been very little instruction from the teacher regarding this. These pages are saving him (me) so much time.
 drawing and writing comics (free printables from Picklebums) 
 week Kate had a very cool Comic Book Template on her blog and Ive printed some out for PudStar for when she tires of writing in 
 Free printable comic book templates (on Picklebums)