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Ollie Outside

Ollie Outside

Screen-Free Fun


Ollie has a big imagination and big plans for summer. But no one in his family wants to go outside and play. Dad is sending emails, Mom is watching TV, Ollie’s siblings are playing video games and texting—even Gram and Gramps are too busy downloading photos. Too much screen time! How can Ollie get his family to shut off their gadgets and play together?

In our technology-focused world, more kids than ever turn to screens for information and entertainment—just like their parents. By the time children are eight, they spend seven or more hours a day with screens and electronics. Ollie Outside invites kids and parents to read together, get outdoors, and focus on family fun. Tips at the end of the book reinforce this message.

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PB ISBN: 978-1-63198-068-8
Reading Level: Grade 1
Interest Level: Ages 4–8
Guided Reading Level: J
Lexile Measure: 480L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 11.25" x 9.25"
Page Count: 32
Praise for Ollie Outside

“Oberschneider’s new book, Ollie Outside: Screen-Free Fun, is at once simple and breathtaking in its approach and message. Written for children ages three through eight, and for their parents and caregivers, it takes the reader past the obvious notion that sometimes electronic devices ought to be turned off.”—The Loudoun Tribune 

“This is a beautifully done book, with a fun story and good information that every family of young children should read.”—Seattle Book Review

Ollie Outside is a fun, healthy story that teaches kids and adults that a balanced life—limited electronic or screen time balanced with screen-free, active playtime—is a healthier life.”
Children’s Bookwatch
  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    BS.LS.2,BS.LS.4, BS.LS.5
    BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.8

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