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Charlie the Ant: The Adventures Begin is a story for all ages (but particularly late elementary and all middle schoolers) about an ant who discovers he can talk to humans. It is a story about friendship, survival, curiosity, community and resilience— all of which are needed at this time.

That’s why we are posting one chapter a week on this website for families to download and discover the warmth, adventures and humor of Charlie the Ant. The downloads are FREE and we are even including family discussion questions at the end of each chapter to inspire curiosity, creativity and connection as we all live through this trying time. 

download the free chapters below

if you feel inspired...

If you feel inspired by the Charlie the Ant journey, we ask that you consider donating to No Kid Hungry — a charity dedicated to making sure that children in America receive the food they need. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many children food insecure since their primary means of regular meals was through school, and food banks are now low on supplies. Please consider making a small donation. No amount is too small and every amount appreciated. 

Chapters & release schedule

  • Prolouge-Image
    Out Now!
  • Chapter-1-Image
    Chapter 1
    Out now!
    Beyond the Fence
  • Final---Final-Chapter-2-Image
    Chapter 2
    Out now!
    The owner of the eye
  • Chapter 3
    Friday 6/5
    The Outerling
  • Chapter 4
    friday 6/12
    Hector havoc
  • Chapter 5
    Out of the frying jar and into the bleach
  • Chapter 6
    Bird virus reptile
  • Chapter 7
    The wiggly worm
  • Chapter 8
    The pickle juice thickens
  • Chapter 9
    Bluecraft warnings
  • Chapter 10
    The house of Turners
  • Chapter 11
    Break-outs and break-throughs
  • Chapter 12
    Peculiar patterns
  • Chapter 13
    The writing on the wall
  • Chapter 14
    Flying ghosts and slithering hosts
  • Chapter 15
    Jessop’s journey
  • Chapter 16
    Jewel’s jail-break
  • Chapter 17
    The hectic homeroom
  • Chapter 18
    Calling cantaloupe
  • Chapter 19
    Word hash
  • Chapter 20
    The plot boils
  • Chapter 21
    A recipe for love (and disaster)
  • Chapter 22
    The ghost is a witch
  • Chapter 23
    Witching hours
  • Chapter 24
    Near promises
  • Chapter 25
    Charlie’s adventures begin

tell us what you think


  1. In a time where we are so disconnected, boy do we need the warmth, humor and connection of Charlie the Ant. What a beautiful story about resilience and survival. A MUST READ.

  2. Thank you! Excellent tool for teachers.
    We need a fun and creative.way to navigate the uncertain journey ahead.

  3. Excited to read more!
    Charlie is adorable and we love that he uses words like barfed and spewed.

  4. I adore Charlie & his story. So perfectly relatable, not only in his adventures traveling through life, but in how he speaks a language that Is Truly inviting & provides a certain extra special comfort:)

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