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School Librarian Saturday: Make Beliefs Comix

In School Librarian Saturday, I’m going to share the websites, databases, apps, and other stuff I use with students in my K-3 teacher-librarian role, under the cover of internet darkness (see: the weekend).

Today we have a website that allows students to create their own comics, called Make Beliefs Comix.

What It Is: A website that allows students to create their own three to eighteen panel comic strips, using drag and drop characters, props, settings, word bubbles, and more.

What’s Good About It: It’s fairly easy to use, and provides a lot of options. It allows students to easily print, save, or download their comics when finished.

What’s Bad About It: I wish there were more choices in character expressions.

Last Words: I’ve had success using the site with 3rd and 4th graders, after walking through it first. It’s really cool to see how creating and printing a comic can get students excited. I usually read the book This Is a Good Story by Adam Lehrhaupt and Magali Le Huche beforehand, to get students thinking about elements of a story.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.