child coloring with crayonsA big box of crayons can inspire a child to draw, write and decorate anything their imaginations can create. Crayons are magical in this way, and perhaps that’s why they make great subjects in stories. Here are some favorites:

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson This classic was first published in 1955.  A walk in the moonlight with a purple crayon leads to some amazing adventures.  There is a fun app for this book too ($).

Mina’s White Canvas by Hyeon-Ju Lee A single crayon transforms a gray winter day for Mina and some special friends.

The Crayon by Simon Rickerty Red crayon and blue crayon discover the world is a more colorful place when they learn to share.

Andrew Draws by David McPhail Andrew finds a crayon under the couch and begins drawing, but his first pictures aren’t successful.  Practice makes perfect; eventually Andrew’s drawings change the world.

Frankencrayon by Michael Hall The scribble monster must be stopped or this book will be cancelled!

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall A mix-up at the crayon factory lands a blue crayon with a red label causing the crayon no end of confusion and anxiety.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt Feeling overworked and underappreciated, the crayons in Duncan’s box go on strike.  Check out the sequel: The Day the Crayons Came Home

Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin An art lesson on mixing primary colors for some little gray monsters who would like to add some color to their world.

Art’s Supplies by Chris Tougas  Art supplies come to life and throw a party resulting in a “mess-terpiece”.

My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard A little girls’ crayons talk to her and have lots to say about their own special color.

Online Info and Activities

The Crayola Home Page

The Life of an American Crayon

27 Uses for Old Broken Crayons

The Colors of Childhood