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Ready Set Draw! with Kristen Balouch ONE MILLION TREES




A pencil, a marker, some colored paper, glue, and some paint — that’s author / illustrator Kristen Balouch’s recipe for making an apple pie on Ready Set Draw! Draw, paint, and collage with Kristen as she shows us how to create the food shack from her book ONE MILLION TREES, a true story from Kristen’s childhood about the time her family spent in Canada planting trees.

A food shack is like a kitchen on wheels, and Kristen’s mother prepared meals in one while they lived in Canada. Follow along with Kristen as you learn to draw this cool vehicle, then create all the ingredients and tools you need to prepare your favorite things to eat!
Show us which yummy snacks you decide to collage into your food shack!

We’d love to add your artwork to the Ready Set Draw Art Gallery!

Post your paintings on our KidLit TV Facebook page OR use the hashtag #ReadySetDraw on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter so we can find you!
We can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

About the Book

** A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection **

The real-life story of a family who planted 1,000,000 trees– yes, it’s true!—to fight deforestation in British Columbia.

When Kristen Balouch was 10 years old, her parents made a surprising announcement: their whole family was going on a trip to plant trees!  Kristen, her sisters, and her mom and dad—and their pet, Wonder Dog!—flew from their California home to a logging site in British Columbia.  There, they joined a crew working to replant the trees that had been cut down.

In One Million Trees, Kristen reflects on the forty days they spent living in a tent, covered in mud and bug bites, working hard every day to plant a new forest.  Young readers will learn a little French, practice some math skills, and learn all about how to plant a tree the right way!

The kid-friendly, engaging text is paired with bold illustrations, full of fun details and bright colors. The story ends with a modern-day look at what Kristen’s family helped accomplish: a stand of huge trees growing on what used to be an empty, muddy patch of bare stumps.

An author’s note shares more information on deforestation, sustainable logging practices, and the irreplaceable environmental benefit of old growth forests. . . . Plus, the amazing things even a small group of people can do when they work together.

A fun story with an important environmental message, One Million Trees is bound to inspire kids to get their hands dirty to make our planet healthy!

About Kristen Balouch

Designer, author, and illustrator Kristen Balouch has created eight books for children, including the Ezra Jack Keats Award–winner Mystery Bottle and the Golden Kite Award–winner The King and the Three Thieves. She has collaborated on projects such as exclusively designed toys and furniture for the Guggenheim Museum, fabric collections for Birch Fabrics, and fine art shows in New York City, and she has teamed with various licensing partners. She splits her time between a tiny top-floor apartment in Brooklyn and a farmhouse in the Adirondacks. She likes cooking, gardening, and wandering to scout out good food.

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