Quickly change worried, whiny or bored kids into curious, connected and playful learners!

“The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”

                                                                 Maria Montessori

Playful, engaging and fun images help children experience a greater sense of security and connection.

They learn better.

They feel better.

They do better.

The want to come back.

And that’s better for everyone!

Imagine—you are a little kid being brought to ski & snowboard school for the first time...


There are lots of new faces, strange noises, being measured, questions, lines to stand in, odd clothing and footwear that feels funny, but mot yet fun. “What’s next, shots?” you wonder

Great first days are crucial for great second days — and they start with great first impressions that are full of promise and play.

BEGINNER CONVERSION starts at the beginning, too! And the first things that influence emotions and expectations at the time of arrival are sight, sound and smell—in that order. 

Smartful Kids is Nathan Jarvis, award-winning, internationally known illustrator and PSIA Children's Specialist laser-focused on making engaging, playful first impressions in places where little kids and their parents often find things to be challenging, impersonal and/or purely practical.



Written by Olympic skier Libby Ludlow and illustrated by internationally known illustrator and PSIA certified ski instructor Nathan Y Jarvis. A-B-Skis is a playground of words and pictures from A to Z that’s sure to get tiny rippers excited for winter fun. A-B-Skis is an effective tool to help build greater beginner conversion by creating excited, ready and resilient little skiers. 

ALL of the art in A-B-Skis is available for use in any Smartful Kids project!