Celebrating Children’s Book Week
Caption: The 2017 Children’s Book Week poster is by Christian Robinson (author/Illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street), and can be found here.
My name is Michelle Regan. Being a consultant here at Custom Education Solutions, as well as a mother of three school-aged boys, I encounter many amazing books for children. As I meet with educators and make suggestions for classroom libraries and bookrooms, it’s easy to go with the Award Winners and tried and true favorites. However, I also love when I happen upon a book that is fun, has all the elements of a good story, great illustrations, and even helps kids to become better readers!
When I started thinking about what to write in celebration of Children’s Book Week, I had about a hundred titles come to mind. Do I choose one of my childhood favorites that inspired me to become a reader? Or, do I go with one of my favorite read-alouds from my time spent as a classroom teacher? But what about those favorite bedtime story requests from my boys? I have so many books I can classify as “favorites” that the task seemed insurmountable! So, instead of saying they’re ALL my favorite, I decided to talk about my favorite “right now.”
The Day the Crayons Quit
By Drew Daywalk
Illustrations by Oliver Jeffers
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalk is everything I love about a great read-aloud. For any of you who haven’t read this book, I’ll offer you a brief summary. Duncan is a little boy who wants to color. However, when he opens his box of crayons, he finds resignation letters from all of them. Their list of complaints is unique to their color, but generally they are all fed up with their jobs or one another.
I absolutely love reading this book with my boys at home, and it’s one of those titles that makes me wish I was back in the classroom so I could use it as an interactive read-aloud. First of all, it’s hilarious. But aside from that, there is so much to talk about on each page! It’s been fun to take the time on each page to read the crayon’s letter of resignation and then find the small details in the pictures that tie back to the letter. Oliver Jeffers’s illustrations are incredible and perfectly matched to the text. The last spread in the book is probably my favorite. Here we get to see how Duncan has resolved the conflict with his crayons. I’ll sit with my boys for quite some time as we all take turns pointing out how each color was granted a portion of their request. They think they’re just delaying bedtime, but the teacher in me knows they’re actually practicing comprehension strategies!