With gratitude to Alexis for gifting this powerful, colorful
“story about a crayon I know.”
Alexis dedicates this book to:
for always knowing her true colors.
Many thanks to the author, Michael Hall, for donating an additional
11 hardcover, library-bound copies to Censored2Celebrated!
Watch the video: Red: It’s about being true.
We will update when & where these generously donated books are
gifted to libraries here.
Red: A Crayon’s Story
Red is feeling blue. Literally. He can’t understand why nothing he does comes out red. It says ‘Red’ on his label after all, but he just can’t get the hang of it. Nothing he draws is right.
Strawberries are blue. Fire engines are blue. Red ants are … well, blue.
Perfect for kids learning about colour or individuality or being true to oneself or just looking for a story that firmly sits outside the square, this is entertaining as it is brain-expanding. I particularly enjoyed the gorgeous, naive-style illustrations and Michael Hall’s author voice–hip, current, utterly kid-friendly and dry.
Quirk and colour at its best.
From an interview with the author, Michael Hall, about the power of picture books:
My favorite picture books are the ones that you can revisit over the years and continue to find something new and relevant. I think of picture books as more than a stepping stone to other kinds of reading, but a legitimate form of literature — and art — in their own right. I hope that my books have something in them for all ages. For children, I hope my books will help them broaden their sense of wonder, celebrate their differences, and come to know the power of their imaginations.
On a personal note, I can relate to how the author sees the world (and also bumps into people and things!) as he is also blind in his left eye. Michael Hall notes:
Early on, I became interested in making images that are built to exist on a two-dimensional page rather than using perspective and light and shadow to suggest three dimensions.
Actually, my world is relatively flat. I lost the vision in my left eye about fifteen years ago, so my depth perception is lacking. I still occasionally run into people on my left side from time to time.
From the author’s website, here’s a fun video clip about this lovable crayon.
Our Favorite Quote
My family and I really enjoyed this book – it is simply done with a powerful message.
It’s actually hard to find a great quote as the story cleverly interacts with a number of different colored crayons – representing family, friends, teachers – with varying opinions about “Red.”
This book is best when experienced. We hope you get a chance to read and enjoy Red!
How Do You Celebrate Diversity?
- Do you have a favorite book that celebrates the Diversity of Sexuality & Gender?
- Have you read Red: A Crayon’s Story?
Share in the comments how this, or another book, has changed – or even saved – a life. I will be highlighting your celebratory quotes about books I feature in my #aBookaDay blog.
Thank you for your generosity!