A Favorite Children's Book

In honor Read Across America Week in America, I wanted to take a moment to share one of my favorite read aloud books.  The Day the Crayons Quit is a relatively new book, but it has quickly become one of my favorite books to read aloud to my class.  

Duncan reaches into his desk to find his crayons are missing.  His crayons have had enough! Each crayon has left a note in its place explaining why it has quit.  The blue crayon needs a break from coloring all the big bodies of water.  The black crayon feels that he should be used for more than just outlining.   The yellow and orange crayon are fighting over which one is the "real" color for the Sun.  I use this book to discuss point of view in my classroom.  The book opens and closes with a narrator, but each page in between is told from the perspective of one of the crayons. 

This book is adorable!  Check out this video link to see for yourself....

After reading, the kids write a letter back to one of the crayons from Duncan's perspective.  Cute paper makes any writing assignment better.  Click the image below for a printable copy of writing paper to use with this lesson.

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