Art teachers from schools across the country are participating, offering their students an opportunity to provide unique illustrations using each students interpretation of individual scenes within the stories. Presently, the students are providing art for the first story in the series, "The Scurrys." In this tale, Chippy, an energetic adolescent chipmunk experiences the accidental loss of his eyesight and must learn to adapt as he faces and overcomes a number of challenges. Further stories to come include: "The Hoppers" (a rabbit family), "The Woodsworths" (a beaver family) and "The Clawsens" (a bear family), with more in the works.
If you are an art educator and would like to be involved in this project, please connect with us via our contact link at: www.crittercreekhollow.com
All participants receive a project packet via email that includes project materials and instructions. We are accepting illustrations from 2nd through 8th grades. Each book project is approximately 1 to 2 years in the making, allowing plenty of time to adjust your curriculum. We are currently accepting illustrations for "The Scurrys" for school year 2018-2019. Illustrations are chosen based on a combination of factors including but not limited to: Scene interpretation, creativity, style, media, etc.
Upon completion of the first book in the series, a crowd-funding project will be launched to generate publication proceeds. On behalf of all the students participation, 20% of net sales revenue will be donated to charities that benefit children. More information will be available via the website as funds are donated.
About the Author: Matthew August, 29 and a recent first time father, lives and works from his home in northern Michigan. The idea for the Critter Creek Hollow series came to him whilst reflecting on experiences with a childhood friend with special needs. Many children were unable to empathize with a child that had a disability and would often tease or belittle. Matthew was inspired to utilize his creative talent to develop a narrative addressing this perceived gap in understanding and educate children via a unique and collaborative medium. What better way to involve children in this process than to provide the opportunity to personally illustrate the stories themselves.