When I was a child, I loved to draw and write stories. In elementary school each year, we got to write a story that parent volunteers would type up and bind into a book for us. Then we set to work carefully illustrating each page of the book. It was such a fun project.
The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie offers children that same experience of illustrating a story, although the story has already been written for them. They can enjoy the story along with the fun task of drawing it out as they imagine it. Not only is this a fun project for imaginative young readers, but it is also a great practice in visualization, which is an important reading skill.
A little boy doesn’t want to go to sleep. His favorite stuffed animal comes to life and asks him to come play! Off they go into the night forest, running and playing. Each page presents a backdrop for the readers’ imagination. They can draw Calvin running through the grass, Ollie the owl sitting in a tree, and more.
The picture book is a full-length picture book, so young illustrators may not get through it all in one sitting. Perhaps they’ll draw a page or two after school one day, and then a couple more pages on a Saturday. At the end, they’ll have the satisfaction of having illustrated an entire book all themselves, and they’ll get to keep that special book and flip through the pages and read it as often as they’d like.
The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie will be available to purchase on Amazon in a month. This week, I’ve dedicated the blog to previewing the book and offering insight and companion materials to go along with it.
Here’s a wrap-up of the book preview and companion materials:
Who Is Ollie? — Here you’ll find a character card where children can color Ollie the owl and write out information about him.
Fun Facts About Ollie and Other Owls — Here you’ll find interesting facts about owls to share with your child and another free printable about owls with space for your child to draw an owl any way they want.
How to Draw and Owl — While some children will have no problem sitting down to draw an owl. Others may wish for a little guidance. Here are two pages that show step by step how to draw an owl.
Who Is Awake with Ollie? A Quick Lesson on Nocturnal Animals for Kids — Reading any book is a great way to start a conversation and expand knowledge. Ollie is nocturnal, and he and Calvin are outside at night. You can talk with your child about what other animals might be awake at night, and your child may even want to draw one or two other nocturnal animals in the pages of their book.
The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie will be released November 15, and a few wonderful children’s book bloggers will be reviewing it on their sites. More on that soon!
If anyone has any drawings of Ollie or other owls, please share them!