The Cardboard Kingdom
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters—and their own inner demons—on one last quest before school starts again. In the Cardboard Kingdom, you can be anything you want to be—imagine that! The Cardboard Kingdom was created, organized, and drawn by Chad Sell with writing from ten other authors: Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez. The Cardboard Kingdom affirms the power of imagination and play during the most important years of adolescent identity-searching and emotional growth.
Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Kinship Care; Separation; Bilingual; Multicultural; Multiethnic; Multiracial; Gender Nonconformity; separated parents; grandparents raising grandchildren; multicultural community; multiple ethnicities; bilingual household; multiple races; girls who dress as boys; boys who dress as girls; gender expression; gender roles
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2018
Choices, 2019 Children's Fiction
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2018
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2019
Blue Hen Book Award, 2020 Middle Reader
Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List, 2019 - 2020
Grades 3-5 Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2019 - 2020
Cybils Awards, 2018, Finalist, Elementary and Middle Grade(Graphic Novels)
Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, 2019, Nominee, Best Publication for Kids (ages 8 12)
anthology; neighborhood; dragons; dressing up; friendship; acceptance; costumes; robots
Sell, Chad, "The Cardboard Kingdom" (2018). Diverse Families. 2030.