Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

Published by Greenwillow Books

Summary:  What happens when a blue crayon gets a red label?  Everyone thinks he’s red.  His teacher thinks he needs more practice, the scissors think his label is too tight (“One snip should do it”), his grandparents think he needs to wear a warm scarf.  But no matter what he tries, it doesn’t work. He just can’t make those strawberries and hearts look the way they’re supposed to. Finally, he meets a new friend (Berry), who asks him to make an ocean for his boat.  And it’s perfect!

Pros:  This is a great story that kids can read at their own level of understanding.  My first thought was that it was about gender identification, but it could be about embracing yourself in many different ways.  School psychologists and social workers should definitely check this one out.

Cons:  The first time I read this, the message seemed a little heavy-handed, but I don’t think kids would see it that way.

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