Cardboard Kingdom Costume Contest


Read graphic novel The Cardboard Kingdom (available digitally through Overdrive & the Libby app) and create your own character & costume inspired by the book!

Contest begins June 22.
Submission deadline is July 31 at noon.

Costumes must be made from child’s original design, not a template. Majority of costume (especially the base) should be made out of cardboard, but fabric, recycled, and craft items can be used for embellishments. (Make sure to practice safety first and ask an adult for help with cutting cardboard!)

Open to students entering grades 3-5 in the fall. 

Chad Sell Self-Portrait Courtesy of the author

Chad Sell Self-Portrait
Courtesy of the author

Submit entries via email to Vanessa Nelson, Head of Youth Services, at with subject line “Cardboard Kingdom Costume Contest.” In the email, please include child’s name & grade entering, character name, and a photo of the finished costume. Costume/character entries will be judged by outside parties.

Winner will be announced on August 7. Prize is a copy of the graphic novel and a cardboard construction kit. Photo of costume winner will be shared on the library’s social media. Feel free to crop out faces or cover them with masks in submission photos. Made-up character names will be shared with the photo, but the winning child’s name will not, unless desired by family.

See what other people made, show off your costumes, and talk to The Cardboard Kingdom author/illustrator Chad Sell during our virtual visit in July! Registration required.

The Summer Learning Program is sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library, Lee’s Hoagie House of Southampton, The Men & Boys Store, and Sushiman.