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Drawing Outdoors
By (author): Jairo Buitrago Translated by: Elisa Amado Illustrated by: Rafael Yockteng
Jairo Buitrago ,

Translated by :

Elisa Amado ,

Illustrated by :

Rafael Yockteng


Greystone Kids



Product Form:


Form detail:

Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 5 - 9, Grade (US) K - 4
May 03, 2022
$22.95 CAD


9.4in x 9.2 x 0.6 in | 380 gr

Page Count:

36 pages


Full Color Illustrations throughout
Greystone Books
Greystone Kids
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures

"This inspired story about the magic of art, nature, and educators is a breath of fresh air.”

“Full of wonder... Schoolhouse bliss.”
Kirkus STARRED Review

Let’s all draw dinosaurs … outdoors!

In this remarkable picture book, a group of students spend an unforgettable day drawing dinosaurs outside with their extraordinary teacher.

Maybe your school has a playground, gym, computers, and a library. But at this school in a faraway mountain range, things are a little different. There’s a blackboard, some chairs … and not much else. But with the help of an extraordinary teacher and a little imagination, anything is possible!

The students in this spirited picture book spend their days drawing dinosaurs outdoors. They draw astounding, spectacular creatures that come to life before their eyes, and turn their school into a wondrous place, where any child would want to go and learn.

Drawing Outdoors celebrates the amazing impact of teachers, and the wonderful worlds kids can create while drawing. A perfect gift for a beloved teacher, kids who love dinosaurs, and aspiring artists!

An Aldana Libros Book, Greystone Kids

  • From an internationally renowned picture book team: Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have collaborated on many award-winning picture books, including Two White Rabbits and Walk with Me. 
  • Inspires imagination and creativity: shows kids all the wonderful possibilities they can create while drawing. 
  • Surprise dinosaurs!: young readers will be as surprised as the characters in the book by the dinosaurs the characters encounter
  • Features a variety of exciting dinosaurs, a notable obsession among young children. 
  • Celebrates the positive impact of teachers: tells the story of a young girl with an extraordinary teacher, who fosters her students’ imaginations through drawing outdoors.
  • Published simultaneously in English and Spanish editions.
  • An Aldana Libros Book: developed by renowned children’s publisher Patricia Aldana to bring outstanding books to the English-speaking market by international authors and illustrators who want to communicate their own cultural realities.

Jairo Buitrago (author) and Rafael Yockteng (illustrator) have collaborated on many highly acclaimed picture books, including Jimmy the Greatest!, Two White Rabbits, Walk with Me, and Lion and Mouse. They won the A la Orilla del Viento contest for the Spanish edition of Walk with Me, which was also named to IBBY’s Honor List and the Kirkus Prize shortlist. Their books have also appeared on Los mejores libros del año (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare, and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Jairo lives in Mexico City. Rafael lives in Bogotá.

  • Print galley mailing
  • Submission to all major trade journals
  • Digital galley promoted on Edelweiss
  • Promoted at ALA, Children’s Institute, and other trade shows
  • Library promotion
  • International reviews 
  • Social media campaign and influencer outreach

"A subtle reminder that education and recreation need not be mutually exclusive exercises and that big ideas happen when you think outside the box. VERDICT A must-have for STEAM classes and for dino lovers everywhere."
?School Library Journal STARRED Review

"A delightful, short read with humor that young elementary students will love"
?Youth Services Book Review STARRED Review

"This inspired story about the magic of art, nature, and educators is a breath of fresh air.?

?Full of wonder... Schoolhouse bliss.?
?Kirkus STARRED Review

"What is central to this story is the idea that no matter what school a child attends, no matter how many or few the supplies, one dedicated professional can make all the difference."
?Shelf Awareness

"Early childhood and elementary school teachers will reimagine instruction while reading this story. A perfect read-aloud?ignites children?s creativity?.opens students' imaginations to genuine wonder about the widely-recognized dinosaurs of the prehistoric era. Teachers will enjoy using this story to engage their learners in an exciting journey of exploration and discovery."
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