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Virtual Book Tour for Invitation to Draw (Giveaways! Activities! Demos!)

by Jean Van't Hul
June 14, 2021

Join us for the virtual book tour for Invitation to Draw, our new kids’ activity book! We have an amazing lineup of activities, giveaways, demonstrations, and interviews celebrating this fun new book by Jean Van’t Hul. 

Child drawing with Invitation to Draw prompts
Castle in the Clouds drawing prompt from Invitation to Draw book (Photo by Anna Harpe)
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Tomorrow, June 15th, is the day that my new book, Invitation to Draw, is officially released into the world!

Subtitled, “99 Drawing Prompts to Inspire Kids Creativity,” Invitation to Draw is an activity book designed to help children draw and think more creatively by inspiring them with interesting and challenging art prompts and questions.

Drawing prompts and markers
Exploring Kids Drawing Prompt Book (Photo by Abbie Connors)

In celebration of the book release, and to share more of what Invitation to Draw is all about, we’ve organized a virtual book tour for you!

For the next two weeks, a select group of Instagrammers, bloggers, art teachers, parents, and parenting experts will be sharing the book in various ways on their platforms.

There will be:

  • Activities & Ideas
  • Giveaways & gifts
  • Demonstrations & videos
  • Reviews & interviews
  • And more!

Exciting, eh? I think so!

We’re so excited about the lineup for our virtual book tour! Check back each day for activities, giveaways, reviews, interviews, and more! Make sure to bookmark this post as we’ll be updating it with direct links and more info as everyone’s posts go live! We also encourage you to follow along with us on Instagram and Facebook!

The Virtual Book Tour for Invitation to Draw

June 15

Decorate the Cake Drawing Prompt (Photo by Eleanor Ford)

Book review on Mini Mad Things blog + drawing prompt demo at @minimadthings

“The book is totally a favourite right now and I always pop it in my bag if we are heading out for dinner!”

Eleanor Ford, Mini Mad Things

Video demonstration of drawing prompts in action on @mamapapabubba and a book giveaway, too!

Our favourite new drawing book! It’s by my friend @jeanvanthul of @theartfulparent and it would be SO perfect for keeping little artists busy this summer! 

Jen Kossowan, Mama.Papa.Bubba

Book discussion in the Facebook group, Process Art with MaryAnn Kohl

My first thought when I thumbed through my copy was that I wish I had had this book when I was a child… If your child loves to imagine, this is the book for your child. If your child struggles with confidence in art, this is the book for your child too!

MaryAnn F. Kohl, author of 20+ books on children’s art

Book giveaway on @figmentcreative

I received an early copy of #invitationtodraw (99 Drawing Prompts to Inspire Kids Creativity) and the kids at Figment LOVE it! #kidapproved

Amber Scardino, Figment Creative Labs

June 16

Invitation to Draw_Little Smiths Play
Exploring Kids Drawing Prompt Book (Photo by Little Smiths Play)

Book Review on @little_smiths_play

It’s filled with 99 different open-ended drawing prompts, ranging in style and complexity. I can see we’re going to try some of these prompts with playdough paint and loose parts! And the pages are also perforated so they easily tear out, perfect for in the car or waiting rooms. 

Caris , Little Smiths Play

Instagram video post on Roots and Wings School of Art

We loved trying it out in class and seeing where our imagination will take us!

Ginger Huebner, Roots and Wings School of Art

Book review on Instagram stories on Beehive Art Studio

So many great drawing prompts for kids of all ages…I expect we’ll work our way through the entire book this summer!

Kim Poler, Beehive Art Studio

June 17

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Fill the Art Gallery Prompt (Photo by Handmade Charlotte)

Interview with Jean on Handmade Charlotte

Chock full of creative drawing prompts, your kids will not be able to keep their hands off of it. Help children draw and think more creatively by inspiring them with interesting and challenging art prompts and questions!

Rachel Faucett, Handmade Charlotte

June 18

Invitation to Draw_Red Ted Art
Through the Window Drawing Prompt (Photo by Maggy Woodley, Red Ted Art)

Book Review on Red Ted Art and on Instagram @redtedart

What I love about this book, is that it is great for ALL ages, as well as for ALL levels of experience! I can imagine a very young child just learning to draw adding to these pages… but also adults enjoying this book

Maggy Woodley, Red Ted Art

June 19

Book Review on Art Projects for Kids

There’s a new way to encourage your kids to draw this summer, thanks to a book that has lots and lots of creative drawing prompts.

Kathy Barbro, Art Projects for Kids

June 21

10 Quiet Time Activities Your Kids Will Love! A guest post by Jean, on A Fine Parent

I’ve been using drawing prompts with kids for over a decade and am always surprised and delighted by how well they hold kids’ attention and how well they engage their creative thinking and drawing.

Jean Van’t Hul

June 22

Instagram post + giveaway on The Art Pantry

This is the perfect easy activity book for setting up invitations to create, for playdates, or for bringing along on car rides or moments of waiting around.

Megan Schiller, The Art Pantry

Book review on Instagram at Little Ginger Studio

Need to keep your small human entertained? Well look no further than Jean Van’t Hul’s awesome new book “Invitation to Draw: 99 drawing prompts to inspire kids’ creativity”. The title is pretty self-explanatory and my 6 year old loves them!

Danielle Falk, Little Ginger Studio

June 23

Invitation to Draw_Imagination Soup

Blog post on Imagination Soup

Jean writes, “A drawing prompt can act as a magical solution for creative engagement.

My teen daughter agrees by saying, “I would have loved this book so much as a kid!

Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup

Book review on Instagram Stories @Collagecollage

June 24

Demonstration of drawing prompts on Babble Dabble Do

I admit when I first got a copy of this wonderful new book for kids I was a little nervous…. I love to doodle but have never been confident in representational drawing, however the drawing prompts in this book are so much fun they will get anyone past their sketching fears!

Ana Dziengel, Babble Dabble Do

June 25

Book review + video interview with Jean on Mama Smiles

June 26

See the book in action with students at Artclubcdmx

Every student was totally engaged in what they were doing. They chatted and shared ideas constantly and loved showing each other as the pages became their own creations.

Joanna Pink, Art Club Mexico City
Child using drawing prompt
Photo by Abbie Connors

June 29

Book review on Instagram at Not Just Cute

A fantastic collection of creative prompts! Some children feel overwhelmed by a blank page and don’t know where to start. These simple starters take the overwhelm away without overtaking the creativity.

Amanda Morgan, Not Just Cute

June 30

Invitation to Draw_no time for flash cards
Photo by Allison McDonald

Book review on No Time for Flash Cards

This is a great art activity book. I was excited to see how varied the drawing prompts are. I love these prompts, especially the road trip! I think this is a perfect art book for tweens, but younger children and teens, heck, even adults, will enjoy it too.

Allison McDonald, No Time for Flash Cards

July 1

Book review on Instagram at Emily Neuburger

 I love how it prompts creativity without being overly prescriptive. There is so much room for creative exploration on all of the pages. My seven-year-old loves drawing and doodling on the pages, but older kids and even adults will have fun with it too! 

Emily Neuburger

Book Giveaway at Jalilah Art Studio


And that’s it, my friends! A LOT of truly awesome, absolutely wonderful bloggers, Instagrammers, experts, and influencers!

You probably already know many of them. If you don’t already, click the links, check them out, and follow them. There is such an amazing wealth of artful ideas, help, and inspiration for parents, teachers, and caregivers here in this group. 

Child using markers with drawing prompt
Photo by Rachel Withers

More About the Invitation to Draw Book

Invitation to Draw offers 99 open-ended drawing prompts, each one posing a question to investigate that encourages children to free associate and problem solve.

The perforated pages make it easy to tear out prompts for on-the-go activities or allowing multiple kids to draw at the same time.

A blank cake provides the chance to decorate a dream confection, an empty house inspires stories about who lives there, and a grid of triangles supplies the chance to explore abstract art. What might be hiding in that tree? What sort of robot can you design? The possibilities are endless!

Child drawing on drawing prompt
Photo by Abbie Connors

Invitation to Draw won the NAPPA Awards Seal of Approval for Excellence by the prestigious parenting advocacy group that rates products for parents and children!

Drawing prompts inspire and encourage kids to think and draw differently, and sometimes more creatively, than they might when faced with a blank page. By offering constraints such as a pair of eyes or an empty car and asking a question, children begin thinking about the possibilities and answering the question in their heads even before they put pen (or marker or crayon!) to paper.

And through the act of drawing and observing the drawing unfold, the brain continues to think and problem solve, opening up all kinds of creative possibilities around that specific idea.

Invitation to Draw Book by Jean Van't Hul

To Buy the Invitation to Draw Activity Book for Kids

If you’d like to buy a copy of Invitation to Draw, you can click here to order the book on Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Roost Books | Indie Bound | Powell’s Books | Your Local Independent Bookstore

For Media Inquiries

For all media requests, including review copy or excerpt requests, please contact Roost Publicity via e-mail at [email protected]. Thank you!

Share Your Drawings + Fun Giveaway!

If you get a copy of my book and would like to share your thoughts or any of your kids’ drawing prompts, I would LOVE to see it! Tag me @theartfulparent on Instagram and use the hashtag #invitationtodraw

We also have a SUPER FUN GIVEAWAY you can enter! Simply take a photo of your family using Invitation to Draw and tag it on social media using #invitationtodrawgiveaway. Tag @theartfulparent and my publisher @roostbooks as well. That’s it! You’ll be entered to win 1) An additional copy of Invitation to Draw, 2) a copy of The Artful Parent, and 3) A 1-year membership to our online art club for families, Kids Art Spot! You have until June 29th to enter!


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