Listen: The Day the Crayons Quit [audio book]

Listen: The Day the Crayons Quit [audio book]

Listen: The Day the Crayons Quit [audio book] 1040 548 Looking out Loud

This is part of the Reading out Loud series.

  • In brief: Make story time engaging with character voices. Listen to how we do it.
  • Skills encouraged: Reading, smiling, quality time with kids
  • Today’s book: The Day the Crayons Quit
  • Listen time: 9 minutes
  • Ages: 3 to 10

  • “One day in class, Duncan went to take out his crayons out and found a stack of letters with his name on them…”

    The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, is a funny take on how crayons experience their colored world. I love perspective-switching books, where familiar situations are viewed from an unexpected angle. And this one does it well.

    I also love inventing different voices for different characters. And most importantly, the kids love it. I found this written in my oldest kid’s “blog” the other day:

    They still laugh every time we get to peach crayon:

    “I’m naked!”

    Another one of our favorites is the very loved, and very overused, blue crayon:

    “Your stubby friend”

    Throughout the story you’ll hear the fears and frustrations from a whole box of personified wax. Red, white, beige, black, yellow, orange, pink, and the content but concerned green:

    “I’m writing for two reasons”

    As you may have guessed, one of my favorite things about the Crayons is the variety of characters with distinct personalities. This makes it great for imagining all kinds of voices to engage young readers. And for getting them excited for story time.

    Want to listen in on our whole story? Hope you enjoy:

    The Day the Crayons Quit – Reading out Loud

    Warning: this isn’t the best book for calming kids down before bed. But it is lots of fun.

    Other audio books in this series:
    A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
    → More coming soon. Put in your request below!


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