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Red: A Crayon's Story

Last updated Sunday, August 6, 2017

Author: Michael Hall
Date of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 0062252070
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2017

Synopsis: A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in this picture book. 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! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.

Note to readers:
•  Do a picture walk .

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What other color crayons are on the cover?
•  What is your favorite color?
•  The crayon has a red wrapper, but what color is it coloring in?


•  Factory - a building or group of buildings where products are made
•  Frankly - in an honest and direct way
•  Bright - producing a lot of light
•  Obvious - easy to see or notice
•  Intense - very strong

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What color is a firetruck usually (pg. 2)?
•  What color are strawberries usually (pg. 6)?
•  What are the colors of a traffic light (pg. 24)?
•  Point to items in the classroom with the color RED.

Craft ideas:
•  Make a color wheel. See Pinterest for an easy template that can be drawn, and labeled, on construction paper.
•  Draw a picture of your favorite thing using only your one favorite color.
•  Check our craft ideas for August on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Mix different crayon colors on paper to see what colors they make. (blue + yellow = green; red + blue = purple; red + yellow = orange)

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!