The best books for kids to learn about cartooning

Art Roche Author Of Art for Kids: Comic Strips, 3: Create Your Own Comic Strips from Start to Finish
By Art Roche

The Books I Picked & Why

Blank Comic Book: Draw Your Own Comics

By Blank Comics

Blank Comic Book: Draw Your Own Comics

Why this book?

I really like this book because, while it doesn’t teach much about the actual drawing, it does give the young artist a jumpstart to begin drawing and telling their own stories. The authors include pages and pages of drawn-out panels with word balloons ready to go. I’ve always believed in letting kids find their own path with drawing style, and this book is perfect for that.


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How to Draw Cute Stuff, 1: Draw Anything and Everything in the Cutest Style Ever!

By Angela Nguyen

How to Draw Cute Stuff, 1: Draw Anything and Everything in the Cutest Style Ever!

Why this book?

This book features a simple, modern art style that will be appealing to most young artists. It starts out with a nice introduction to drawing tools and basic shapes then moves on to drawing simple objects that can be found around the house. Character design and perspective are also covered and done so with a light, humorous tone. A very comprehensive guide to drawing and an excellent resource!


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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

By Scott McCloud

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Why this book?

This book is different. It’s a little more advanced and may be better for an artist who’s ten or eleven years old at least. The reason I love this book is that it really explains the history and science behind comics. What makes a good comic? How do panels work to tell a story? All of these things are covered in richly illustrated pages and diagrams. This book is a visual feast and a fantastic guide for the tween or teen beginner. I learned so much reading this book, and I had already been making comics for years!


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Let's Make Comics!: An Activity Book to Create, Write, and Draw Your Own Cartoons

By Jess Smart Smiley

Let's Make Comics!: An Activity Book to Create, Write, and Draw Your Own Cartoons

Why this book?

The author of this book is a working cartoonist and illustrator and that makes this one of the best books out there. The book packs an immense amount of practical information about how to draw cartoons into easy, fun worksheet-style activities. Different styles of writing, as well as complex concepts, are communicated in simple visually striking lessons. I have to admit if I was giving a young artist a book (and they already had both of mine) I would definitely give them this book. It’s comprehensive, fun, and simple. It also allows the young artist room to draw in their own style, instead of copying a given drawing. That’s one of my pet peeves!


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How To Draw Anime: Easy Learn To Draw Anime Characters Step By Step

By Sophia Elizabeth

How To Draw Anime: Easy Learn To Draw Anime Characters Step By Step

Why this book?

This is an excellent, well-designed book for anyone wanting to improve their Anime style of drawing. Many of the young artists I talk to have an intense interest in drawing in this particular style, sometimes referred to as the “Anime” style. This cartoon-style features sharp lines and shapes with stark, colorful graphics. Although this book doesn’t get into much instruction on how to create comics, it does provide the artist with a starting place for drawing in the anime style. From there, the artists can take this knowledge and apply it to the comics that they create. The drawings in the lessons are very well done, and the content covers all the topics that make anime a unique drawing style. I highly recommend this book.


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