Red: A Crayon's Story
Author: Michael Hall
Illustrator: Michael Hall
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs
Funny and insightful, Red: A Crayon's Story is a wonderful picture book about embracing who we are no matter what others say. For older readers, it is a good book to help discuss about tolerance and not letting labels define oneself.
Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let's draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can't be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He's blue!