Paul’s Picture Book Recommendations 24: Red: A Crayon’s Story

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall tells the story of a crayon who is continually told what to do and how to act and who to be. He struggles to conform, but no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t make himself be who everyone wants him to be. Only when he finds someone who accepts him for who he is and gives him the support to stop trying to conform does he find peace.Image result for red a crayon's story

I love the way the story can speak to so many different people at different stages of their lives. It works as a simple tale of a misunderstood crayon, but it can also be read on a much deeper level. For slightly older kids it can be used as a conversation starter to begin discussions about deeper subjects like inclusion and acceptance. The story can be used to encourage kids to not just allow others to be the people they are meant to be, but to help kids recognize the beauty in honoring others’ courage in being themselves.

I recommend Red: A Crayon’s Story for ages 3 through 7 (I know that’s a big age range, but I truly believe the story can speak to, and be enjoyed by, all kids in that range).

Happy reading.


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