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Ready Set Draw! How to Draw Elephants MIGHTY MUDDY US

Ready Set Draw! How to Draw Elephants MIGHTY MUDDY US

Join author Caron Levis and illustrator Charles Santoso, creators of MIGHTY MUDDY US, for Ready Set Draw! and a lesson in drawing an elephant! MIGHTY MUDDY US is inspired by a pair of real-life elephant siblings who live together in a wildlife park in Kenya. Find out more about their story from Caron, and then get your pens and pencils and get creative with Charles!

Here’s what you need to draw an elephant with Charles and Caron:

  • Paper
  • Markers or pencils
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 Threads so we can find you!
We can’t wait to see what you’ve made!


From author Caron Levis and New York Times bestselling illustrator Charles Santoso—the award-winning team behind Feathers Together; Ida, Always; and This Way, Charlie—comes Mighty Muddy Us, a moving, full-color picture book story of sibling love, inspired by a real-life elephant family.

The moment he is born, Ely delights in the welcoming trumpets of his adoring big sister, Enid. She is so excited to play—but Ely’s legs are injured and it’s hard for him to move. To help keep Ely safe, Enid sticks close to her determined brother as they grow together through the seasons, trunk-twirling, mud-wallowing, and making silly sounds!

But as Ely grows more confident, he’s ready for more adventures, and he feels squished by Enid’s worries and rules. Enid is glad that he can run and play, but she’s nervous he could get hurt—or that he won’t need his big sister anymore. When a drought threatens the whole family, Ely shows what he is capable of, and both he and Enid discover that whether they are helping or playing, dusty or muddy, siblings are mighty special.

ABOUT Caron Levis

As a kid, I had this “cozy corner” where I charged 25 cents for “invited guests” (aka my sister) to come hang out. I served lemonade that I’d stolen from the fridge and offered activities such as reading, writing, make-believing, and blowing bubbles since that’s what I liked to do. Still do. I got hooked on books at age two when mom kept reading Good Night Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar in her terrific Brooklyn accent. I fell in love with theatre when dad took me to see the Fantasticks and one of the actors ‘fell’ right into my lap. I realized teachers were super cool by hanging out with my grandma, a life-long kindergarten teacher.

ABOUT Charles Santoso

Charles Santoso (Chao) loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreaming about funny, wondrous stories. He gathers inspiration from his childhood memories and curiosities he discovers in his everyday travels.

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