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The Day the Crayons Came Home

Last updated Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Author: Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 0399172750
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2018

Synopsis: Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. Each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box.

Note to readers:
•  Some drawings (on the black pages) are glow in the dark

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Where do you keep your crayons/toys? Have you ever lost one?
•  Have you ever sent a postcard? Have you ever received a postcard?
•  What is your favorite color?


•  Postcard- a card on which a message may be sent by mail without an envelope
•  Maroon- 1) a dark red 2) to put ashore and abandon on a lonely island or coast; to leave isolated and helpless
•  Magnificent- having impressive beauty
•  Individually- by itself; one at a time
•  Picasso- Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) was a Spanish painter and sculptor in France

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you think Duncan takes good care of his things?
•  Why did the crayons leave? Why did they want to come back?
•  Which crayon had the best time out in the world? Which crayon had the worst time?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a postcard from the perspective of your toys or crayons
•  Make a postcard for a friend
•  Write a letter to your favorite color
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

*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!