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“Oliver and the Owl” is a magical story about a young boy who discovers life meaning while simply seeking friends, acceptance and trying to do his best in school. Share this family story with readers of all ages and experience an emotional and surprising adventure together! AND, please remember that each copy sold has 20% of proceeds donated directly to “A World Fit for Kids!”.

Inspiration by the Author

Everyone has a life story – with dreams, goals, and hopefully a chance to learn and grow in a healthy, safe environment. Many of us get a good start in life, including opportunities for education, safe places to live and play, decent food and shelter; and some people, tragically, do not have these opportunities. Sometimes children have to grow up in an environment that is about street survival more than formal education, and more about finding food and shelter, rather than having those basic needs already met.

For the author, a big part of his life motivations are contributing to focused, real-world efforts to give children a chance. A chance at education, healthy living, and being part of a team that truly supports them as People with Potential. And, “A World Fit for Kids !” is exactly that kind of wonderful organization, one that gives kids a chance to experience wonder, joy, as well as learning how to live healthy and productive lives.

This story line created and titled “Oliver and the Owl” is intended to appeal to everyone who has experienced challenging times in life, combined with family love and faith – real faith – in something more than just our own humanity. The book was created to tell the story AND to give direct support to “A World Fit for Kids !” The story itself is not completely “real” or factual, but the hope for healing, courage, trust, and finding meaning in one’s life is VERY real. There is even a childhood connection between the author and a classmate, now connecting together to further the growth of WFIT and the programs that give kids the tools to break through to life success.

The illustrations for this book are just beautiful. Every child will love gazing upon the pictures as they hear the story of Oliver and his journey.

About the Illustrator

Barbara grew up in Minneapolis, and Cuernavaca, Mexico—places that gave her a lifelong love of sky-blue waters and richly colored folk art. Barbara also is an author and chaplain, and has published an illustrated intergenerational book entitled, “Supper with the Savior: Communion in the Bible and Today”. Barbara studied art at South Central College, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Minneapolis College of Art & Design.


A World Fit for Kids! (WFIT) develops and implements programs which combine healthy behaviors training, mentorship and experiential learning to promote mental, emotional and physical fitness.
Our students develop leadership skills and are given the tools needed to succeed in school, work and life.

Since 1993, WFIT has responded to our city’s needs with exemplary after-school programs promoting healthy behaviors and personal empowerment.

Here are some of the ways WFIT has contributed:

  • Provided life-changing opportunities for over 460,000 children and their families from economically disadvantaged homes
  • Over $53 million in assistance brought into underserved communities
  • Provided jobs for more than 10,800 local community residents, including those who are seeking work for the first time – including college students looking for part-time positions
  • Job opportunities and assistance to retirees and individuals who are experiencing challenges re-entering the workforce
  • 76% of our program graduates are currently enrolled in or have completed community college or university degrees.

Support for “A World Fit for Kids” comes from many noted organizations, including Aetna Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Healthcare, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Private donations are always welcomed, and now, WFIT is excited to announce a collaboration with a newly-published author and long-time supporter of our programs! The new book offering, “Oliver and the Owl”, is for children of all ages and will directly benefit WFIT by having 20% of all sales donated!

The book is a warm and captivating story, and the author (Steve Weiland) has crafted a tale that is complimented by the amazing artwork.

All purchased books are shipped promptly – and ordering is easy, affordable and make great gifts, too!

Kevin Sorbo

Besides his successful career in entertainment, Kevin has always devoted a hearty portion of his time to causes he believes in. In 2005 he was named successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger as the national spokesperson for The Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit working to ensure that all children have access to quality after school programs, and since ‘97 Kevin has donated his time as the spokesperson for the non profit organization, A World Fit For Kids. Please visit to learn more.

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