A new children’s colouring and activity book, featuring drawings by illustrators such as Axel Scheffler and Chris Riddell [pictured], will encourage children to engage in visual literacy, according to publisher Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB). The book will also highlight the importance of illustrators.
Creatures, part of a new Draw It! Colour It! range, contains drawings by 43 illustrators and asks children to complete the picture. Scheffler’s creation is of a circus master and a lion, and asks the user to add in the lion’s teeth. Other contributors include Alex T Smith, Birgitta Sif, Emily MacKenzie, Jan Pieńkowski, Rob Biddulph, Sarah McIntyre and Yasmeen Ismail.
Stephanie Barton, publisher at the 0-6 division at MCB, said the book “holds up a central truth about storytelling and about visual literacy” because it entices children to create and communicate through drawing. “Children are not only in on the visual jokes but they provide the visual punchlines,” she said. “The format of the book is key because it lies flat so children can really concentrate on their drawing without breaking the spine of the book.”
Creatures will be published in paperback in September, priced £10. A second book in the Draw It! Colour It! range will be published next year, with the theme of the book yet to be confirmed.