The Crayon Box that Talked, written by Shane Derolf and illustrated by Michael Letzig, is a wonderful addition to any preschoolerâ€™s home library. This is a cute childrenâ€™s book that celebrates the importance of diversity in a way that is easy for children to relate to. It was one of my sonâ€™s favorite books as a preschooler and the first title he asked me to read when I visited his kindergarten class.
The plot of The Crayon Box that Talked is fairly simple and was actually used as the theme for the Ad Councilâ€™s 1997 National Anti-Discrimination Campaign for Children. A little girl goes to the store to buy a new box of crayons. At first the crayons donâ€™t get along, but as the little girl continues to color they realize that it is their differences that make them special.
Each color has something to contribute, whether itâ€™s green grass, a blue sky, or a yellow sun. When the crayons learn how to work together, they can make a pretty picture. For the kids, itâ€™s a story about the beauty of being different– whether you have a different skin color, different body type, or a different family living situation than your classmates.
The story is written as a rhyming poem, which makes it fairly easy to memorize. The illustrations are simple, but Iâ€™ve heard that children are often asked to draw their own versions of the pictures to this book in elementary school workshops about diversity.Â Vimeo has a video version of The Crayon Box that Talked that I think is particularly cute.
Has your child read The Crayon Box that Talked? If so, please tell us what you thought of this book!
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