Learn About Charles Schulz and Comic Strip Creation With These Unit Study Resources

Like many kids my age, I grew up reading comic strips in the newspaper. Every child eagerly awaited the arrival of the Sunday paper because there were tons of comic strips, and the comics section was in color! I assume that Sunday comics are still a thing, however the popularity of the newspaper has faded out, and I get most of my news online.

Some newspaper comic strip writers were a flash in the pan. Others have been, and remain to be, true classics. One of these classic comic strip creators shares a birthday with me (although not the year- I’m not that old!). Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, was born on November 26, 1922. In honor of his birthday, I’m sharing resources that you can use to learn about Charles Schulz and to create your own Charles Schulz, comic strip-themed unit study. (If you’ve never created your own unit study, here are five easy steps and a free unit study planning pack.)

I’m linking up with other iHN bloggers to celebrate November birthdays of famous people with learning resources and unit studies. If you’d like to find more famous November birthdays, check out the post here.
Resources for learning about Charles Schulz and Comic Strip Creation
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About Charles M. Schulz

~ Charles Schulz was born on November 26, 1922 and died on February 12, 2000. Almost from the beginning of his life he was called “Sparky.”
~ He grew up eagerly looking forward to reading the Sunday comics with his father each week and from an early age, he wanted to be a cartoonist, and in 1937, he had a drawing of his family dog, Spike published in a newspaper feature.

~ As a high school senior, Charles Schulz was able to take a correspondence course in cartooning.

~ In 1943, Charles was impacted by the death of his mother and by his entry into the army, where he served throughout the war until 1945.

~ After the war, Schulz sold single cartoons to the Saturday Evening Post and ran a comic strip called Li’l Folks for his local paper.

~ On October 2, 1950, the first Peanuts comic strip was published in seven national newspapers.

~ Snoopy’s character quickly gained popularity in the 1960s when he changed from a typical four-legged dog to a character that could communicate and have his own thoughts and adventures.

~ Shulz retired in December of 1999 with his comic strips in 2600 papers worldwide, books in many different languages, and a host of awards for both his comic strips and animated productions.

(Find more details about the life of Charles M. Schulz on this page of the Charles M. Schulz museum site.)

Books About Charles Schulz

Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz– This is a middle grade biography of Schulz and a look at his comic strips. Although written for upper elementary, you could easily read it aloud for younger kids.

Charles Schulz- This book from Blastoff! Readers is more of an easy read for younger kids.

Charles Schulz (Robbie Reader Contemporary Biographies)– This biography of Schulz is an easy to read chapter book.

Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends– Although this upper elementary book isn’t solely about Charles Schulz, he’s included, along with other artists who talk about their childhoods.

Charles Scchulz (Children’s Authors)– This is a picture book biography of Charles M. Schulz.

Learn About Charles Schulz

Explore the Charles M. Schulz museum site to find an awesome timeline of events of the life of Charles Schulz. It has some great photos of Schulz, his comics, and articles from the time periods.

Watch an interview with Charles Schulz here.

Read this PBS post with eight really interesting things about the life of Charles Schulz and the Peanuts comic strip.

Learn more fun facts from the Town and Country Magazine site with another interesting things… post here.

Watch this video from Stuff You Should Know to learn more about Charles Schulz and the Peanuts comic strip.

Watch this YouTube video to see Charles Schulz drawing the Peanuts comic strip.

Read ten unique facts about Charles Schulz from Biography.com.

Resources for learning about Charles Schulz and Comic Strip Creation


Learn About Comic Strip Creation


You can draw Charlie Brown with this simple drawing tutorial. (There’s a written or video version.)

Create your own comic strip with this interactive page from Read Write Think.

You can also create a comic strip at Learning Games for Kids. It offers a free draw option, while the above site has stickers you place.

Draw a comic strip with the instructions and seven easy steps here.

Watch this great art lesson video all about making your own comic strip.

And you can find lots of great videos all about creating cartoon characters at the YouTube channel Cartooning 4 Kids.

Find some great comic strip ideas and tutorials here.

At MakeBeliefsComics.com, you can create your comic strip online. This site also uses stickers, not free drawing. But there is lots to choose from. The site also has free downloadable ebooks that encourage kids to write, including several that let kids fill in their own words for comic strip scenes.

After you learn about Charles Schulz and have fun making some comic strips of your own, check out the other November birthday posts from iHN bloggers.

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