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The Day the Crayons Quit

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

There is an endless supply of children's literature, which means it can be difficult to find the ones you love! Studying education this past year has given me great insight on some amazing books to have in the classroom. One of my favorites is titled, "The Day the Crayons Quit."

This book showcases letters from crayons to their owner, Duncan. The crayons explain in their letters that they have "had enough" and that they were finally quitting. In these letters, the crayons explain how they feel using describing words such as sad, angry, and frustrated. The crayons also use hilarious wording that is sure to get any class giggling. There are lots of reasons I love this book, but here are my top three:

The Illustrations

"The Day the Crayons Quit" initially caught my eye because of the amazing illustrations. I love books that keep students intrigued, and interesting illustrations have a way of doing that! The drawings on each page correspond with the crayon that is "quitting" and it makes for a cohesive feel! It is a great book when it helps the students learn and grow while also having some fun. I think these illustrations do just that!

Labeling of Emotions

In addition to great illustrations, this book aids in emotional regulation. When students can communicate how they are feeling, adults are able to help calm them down or aid in solving their problem. In early childhood education we talk about "naming emotions" which this book does a lot of! Students can listen to the letters written by the crayons and relate to the emotions they are feeling. In each letter, the crayon said they were either feeling tired, bored, angry, or sad. This book gives students the opportunity to connect the dots between emotions and their names!

The Ability to Spark Discussion

Another great quality of any book is how easily it prompts discussion. And let me tell you, this book sparks some great discussion. Because "The Day the Crayons Quit" is so unique, it helps students see normal objects as something completely new. For example, this book could help them see a pair of scissors as more than a cutting tool. "In the book, it is presented as a giant alligator mouth." This book sparks creativity that helps a classroom environment grow.

Through our McKay School programs here at BYU, I have been introduced to so many amazing children's books. If you want to learn more about the McKay School visit our blog!

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