March is a great time to discuss and explore crayons because that’s when National Crayon Day is, but you can do this any time of the year. This post shares crayon children’s books that you can use for this purpose. All of the picture books on this list lend themselves to this topic really well. Take a peek below to learn more about these crayon children’s books!
4 Crayon Children’s Books
Below is a list of some of our favorite crayon children’s books to share with elementary students. Check them out!
1. I’m Not Just a Scribble by Diane Alber
The story I’m Not Just a Scribble is a about Scribble who looks a little bit different than the other pictures, but knows that he special.
Throughout the story, Scribble goes to different pictures and asks if he can play with them. The pictures say no and point out that scribble looks different than them and is more messy and colorful. Scribble stays true to himself, and does not let them get him down.
At the end of the story, the other pictures apologize the Scribble and ask him to play with them. The pictures create a big, beautiful picture because they are all working together.
Students will love this story about diversity and staying true to oneself. Check out these I’m Not Just a Scribble teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!
2. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
The book, The Day the Crayons Came Home, by Drew Daywalt will have students laughing! It tells the story of a boy named Duncan and his missing crayons. One day, Duncan received a stack of postcards and discovered each was from one of his crayons!
The crayons have left the box for different reasons: maroon was lost in the couch, pea green wanted to see the world, and neon red was left at a hotel. Despite being gone for awhile, the crayons are all ready to come home for various reasons. When Duncan does collect all the crayons, he finds they no longer fit in the box! To make them feel at home, he makes them their own crayon fort!
This adorable story will have students laughing as the crayons share their challenges faced outside the box. Check out these The Day the Crayons Came Home teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!
3. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Duncan’s crayons have decided to run away! They feel like Duncan has mistreated them, and are not going to take it anymore. Some crayons feel overworked and tired. Some crayons feel like they aren’t being used to their full potential. Other crayons are so worn down that they are just a stub.
Each crayon writes a letter to Duncan explaining why they left and providing different options for Duncan to use them properly.
At the end, Duncan hears the crayons’ concerns and creates a picture using all of them in better ways.
Students will love this story told from the point of view of crayons. Check out these The Day the Crayons Quit teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!
4. Harold and The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
One night, Harold decided he would go for a walk into the moonlight. However, there wasn’t a moon to give off light, so Harold drew one. He set off on his walk drawing his setting as he went. Harold ended up in a forest with an apple tree. He drew a dragon to guard the apples, but ended up getting scared and found himself in water over his head. Thankfully, Harold was able to draw a sailboat. The sailboat took him to a beach where he had a picnic with some friends.
After, Harold wanted to see where he was so he drew a tall mountain, hoping he could see his window. But when he falls off the mountain, Harold must draw a hot air balloon to catch himself. He lands and keeps looking for his window. Eventually he has created a whole city full of buildings with windows, but he still does not know where he is. Looking up at the moon, Harold remembers that the moon was always around his window! He is able to draw his window and his bed, and fall asleep.
Students will love following Harold on his evening adventure and watching the different illustrations he makes. Check out these Harold and The Purple Crayon teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!
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