About the Project
The Animals of Critter Creek Hollow series consists of numerous children's stories addressing many of life's challenges with specific focus on living with special needs. The stories involve different animal families resident to an imaginary community known as Critter Creek Hollow.
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 using his other senses as he faces and overcomes a number of challenges. Future stories include The Hoppers (a rabbit family), The Woodsworths (a beaver family) and The Clawsens (a bear family) with many more to come.
If you or someone you know is an art educator and would like to be involved in this project, please connect with us via our contact link. We are accepting illustrations for 2nd thru 8th grades. Each book project is approximately 1 to 2 years in the making allowing plenty of time to adjust your curriculum. Currently we are accepting illustrations for "The Scurrys" story for school year 2020-2021. There are 30 illustrations needed for the book. We choose the illustrations based on a combination of factors including but not limited to: Scene interpretation, creativity, style and media, etc...
Upon completion of the first book project, a crowdfunding 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. These funds will be donated throughout the entire project series. This information will be added to the website as the project progresses.
About the Author
Author Matthew August 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 to address this perceived gap in understanding and educate children via a unique and collaborative medium. What better way to involve children directly in this process than to provide the opportunity to personally illustrate the stories themselves.