Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Summer Reading - Broken Crayons Still Color

The other day I received a box of books from Tommy Nelson/Harper Collins, so today I am very happy to let you know about one of these books - Broken Crayons Still Color, by Toni Collier and Whitney Bak and illustrated by Natalie Vasilica.

Favorite Features -

  • I LOVE the colorful, detailed illustrations - excellent! Children will enjoy this book simply because of the illustrations!
  • Solid message of how the children we love are able to do hard things even if they are afraid.
  • I LOVE the title and the message it carries with it.
  • Children will be able to relate to the story, the challenges the main character faces, and be encouraged by the answers and ending.
Tommy Nelson says, "Avery has big emotions and bubbling anxieties about changes in her life. When her crayons break as she scribbles furiously, she discovers they have personalities and feelings too! And they can show her how to use her love of coloring to manage scary, overwhelming feelings and embrace curiosity and joy. As Avery follows the crayons' advice, gets creative, and chooses bravery and positive thinking, she discovers God can use her to make beautiful things, even with broken crayons.

In Broken Crayons Still Color, children 4 to 8 will

  • see everyone feels frustrated and overwhelmed at times
  • learn to express emotions and explore creativity
  • practice coping skills, such as drawing worries, affirmations, and breathing
  • understand God loves them just as they are and He can turn their mistakes and weaknesses into beautiful new things

This illustrated picture book includes

  • an inventive illustration style which models to children how to draw their own feelings
  • an emotion color chart to guide children in identifying how they feel

With a fun story, silly crayon characters, and practical guidance for kids struggling with powerful emotions, insecurity, and perfectionism, Broken Crayons Still Color will entertain children as it assures them God is making a beautiful masterpiece out of things they thought were broken. The presentation page and deluxe dust jacket make this encouraging book a beautiful gift for back-to-school, kids facing new experiences and tough situations, and any child with big feelings."

I agree, Broken Crayons Still Color is a beautiful book with a powerful message - one all of the children we love need to hear and be reminded of from time to time. If you are looking for a book for your Summer Reading which will give you the opportunity to have important conversations, check this one out for sure!

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