The snow may be turning everything white outside, but that doesn’t mean your reading material can’t be colorful. Take a look at these whimsical picture books featuring crayons. Maybe they’ll inspire your child to create some new art. Or you might just want to curl up somewhere cozy together for a good read.
Snap! by Hazel Hutchins – Evan’s pristine set of crayons seems ruined when the brown one breaks in half, but he’s too clever to let it get him down. He discovers a wealth of new ways to use crayons, mixing colors and gleefully removing wrappers to make rubbings. Lesson: when life gives you lemons, make rainbow lemonade.
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall – Red is a crayon who’s bad at his job. His label says “red,” but everything he draws comes out blue. No one can figure out how to fix him, until one day he tries to draw an ocean. This story is a perfect way to explain the concept of being yourself. It could also help kids tackle deeper issues about identity. Of course, if you’re just looking for a good story, it offers plenty of enjoyment when taken at face value.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt – When Duncan opens his crayon box one day, he finds a pile of letters. His crayons are refusing to work until he addresses their grievances. Red is overworked, yellow and orange both want to be the color of the sun, and peach is embarrassed to be seen without his wrapper. Any kid who’s owned a box of crayons will find the humor in this story.
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt – Duncan receives a stack of postcards from crayons he’s lost over the years. They include the neon red he left by a hotel pool, the tan (or burnt sienna?) crayon his dog ate, and the turquoise crayon that went through the washing machine and is now stuck to a sock. Some of them wanted to see the world, some just wanted a break, but now they all want to come home. This is a clever follow-up to The Day the Crayons Quit, with a heart-warming ending.
Enjoy a colorful read for a break from the winter blues!
By Megan, CLP – East Liberty