We all remember our favourite children's picture books growing up. Great images and illustrations help to bring the best stories alive. Illustrations provide children with clues and context to better understand the story. This is especially true for young children who are not yet able to read. A good visual storytelling journey helps connect us with the story on a deeper and richer level.

This creative printable worksheet set is a fun activity to explore the integral role a children's book illustrator plays in making a story more appealing . Let's get started!

Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 2-3 hours, Items Needed: Colouring pencils

In this activity, your child will find out more about what a book illustrator does. They will also have an opportunity to draw the graphic illustrations for a short children's story.

It will help your child or student:

  • Exercise his/her creative mind and help them interpret the text of the story and convert them into relatable illustrations.
  • Improve his/her artistic and creative skills by designing, colouring and adding different ideas to their graphic interpretations of the story.

Let's get going!

How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and find out about what a book illustrator does and some tips on how to get started. Here's a video highlighting an illustrator's work process when designing and illustrating a children's book.

Here's 3 tips for budding book illustrators from Axel Scheffler, famed illustrator of "The Gruffalo":

  • Get started on the printable worksheets!

What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable pack consists of 5 printable design challenge worksheets. The first 4 worksheet contain the text that make the entire story, "The Crow & the Pitcher". There are 4 illustrations needed for the story. The final worksheet is a front cover of the book which needs a cover design.


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