I’ve found myself in the middle of a very interesting (albeit informal) sociological experiment recently. We’ve written a children’s book about 344 people in Nebraska who worked together to move a barn that was flooding. We have been using this story as a parable for what God is doing across the country for kids in foster care. Our goal is that this children’s book will help all of us in the movement raise awareness about kids in foster care and point out what it will take to provide “more than enough” for them. The problem is we didn’t have any illustrations for it. So we figured the best way to illustrate a children’s book about 344 people working together to do something huge was to get 344 people to work together to illustrate it!
But here’s the strange phenomenon I’ve encountered. We have been gathering drawings (well over 200 by now) from foster care advocates, recording artists, organizational leaders, authors, pastors, lay people, and kids. When we ask kids to draw us a picture for a book, they do it without hesitation and they’ll even ask if they can draw more than one. However, when we ask adults to draw us a picture, they generally look at us as if we’ve asked them to eat a bug. Their answer has become extraordinarily predictable:
“I can’t draw!”
First of all, I’ve become incredibly curious to know at what age we stop believing that we can draw well enough to be a part of a children’s book. When does that switch flip?
Secondly, I LOVE hearing adults answer in this way because it illustrates PERFECTLY the point of this whole project! It is true that hardly any of us on our own can draw well enough to illustrate a children’s book. That is exactly why we are doing it together. We are always better together than we are by ourselves.
So here’s the thing. We still need a lot more drawings. To help us out by submitting yours, simply CLICK HERE and follow the easy step-by-step instructions. We provide a template and a list of pictures we still need. You can see above a sample of what someone has drawn and how it looks once we color it in! Your drawing could very well be part of the final published version and it will help tell the powerful story of what happens when people work together to solve big problems.
And don’t even think about telling us that you can’t draw!