We found a purple crayon….

Long before I began working for Discovery, I taught Kindergarten students in Chicago.  One of my favorite things to do with them was to read stories and use them as a springboard to start creating our own.  So when I was invited to participate in “Take the DEN to Work Day” last week, I thought it would be a great chance to recreate that experience!

There were about 200 classrooms attending the event, and I started off by reading Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson.  It’s not a long book, but it’s still one of my favorites.  After reading it, we watched just a little bit of the animated version that you can find inside of Discovery Education.   Then I started showing how we used to make our own versions by sketching ideas in purple crayon (or marker) and creating class books.  I told the students watching that if they wanted to make their own Purple Crayon drawings and send them to me, I’d put them all into a Board for everyone to enjoy.

What I didn’t anticipate was just how many people would follow through on the idea!  I received dozens of submissions and spent a good chunk of the afternoon saving them, uploading them, and putting them together into a Board.  But the result is fantastic and I thought you might enjoy seeing it!

Click on the thumbnail below to check it out.  Who knows?  Perhaps it might inspire you to creating your own Purple Crayon book!

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14 comments… add one

  • Jordan May 15, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Harold the purple crayon is a very good book.

    • Jeanette May 15, 2014, 1:28 pm

      Hi Jordan. If you like Harold, have you read The Day The Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt? It’s awesome: written for younger readers, but I just read it and laughed out loud. Check it out.

      • zachary May 15, 2014, 7:36 pm

        I agree with jordan this is my 200th time reading it!

      • Nicole May 15, 2014, 11:29 pm

        I love the day that the crayons quit!!! It is sooooo funny!!! XD Although I exatl like reading books for ppl for a smaller age, I actulally LOVED it!!

  • blake May 15, 2014, 12:51 pm

    cool a crayon

  • Hayley May 15, 2014, 4:50 pm

    I absolutely loved the stories. Little kids make the best and funniest stories, and I absolutely loved the story that was for Kayla’s birthday. I look forward to perhaps making my own purple crayon book soon.

  • PG May 15, 2014, 6:18 pm

    I think purple crayons smell weird. The purple ones in particular.

  • Kenneth May 15, 2014, 6:22 pm

    My pet dinosaur– Rex– has a purple crayon in place of a teddy bear.

  • zachary May 15, 2014, 7:33 pm

    that was the funniest story I didn’t ever heard of this story the first time I read this and it was funny.

  • Renee May 16, 2014, 12:52 am

    cool book. can you please teach me how to post a blog?

    • Jeanette May 16, 2014, 1:28 pm

      Hi Renee. Happy to help… what do you mean, though? Do you want to start your own blog, or do you want to write a post for this blog? Let me know.

      • Zachary May 21, 2014, 2:25 pm

        Renee can you help me start my own blog plz

  • Zachary May 21, 2014, 2:14 pm

    I need help creating my own blog

  • Gigi October 7, 2014, 8:13 pm

    I need help creating my own blog on plants


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