Broken Crayons Still Color
by Toni Collier; Whitney Bak
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Pub Date 22 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 29 Mar 2024
Thomas Nelson: CHILDREN'S, Tommy Nelson
Help your kids process big feelings, build a social-emotional tool kit, and find beauty in life's challenges with this creative story that expresses the hope of the gospel from podcast host, speaker, and mom Toni Collier.
Avery has big emotions and bubbling anxieties about changes in her life. When her crayons break as she scribbles furiously, she discovers that 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 that God can use her to make beautiful things, even with broken crayons.
In Broken Crayons Still Color, children 4 to 8 will
- see that 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 that 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 that 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 that 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.
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The story Broken Crayons Still Colour is a wonderfully written story about a young girl beginning school and dealing with all the feelings that come with such a big change.
This would be a great story to share with a young person who is just about to begin their school journey because it goes over some of the biggest things that they may be thinking about before the big day arrives.
As a parent, I really like this idea about broken crayons still being useful - as the title states "broken crayons still colour" because this really spells out that things don't have to be perfect to work out and I think that is a lesson best learned early for children.
The story itself was easy enough for my emerging reader to read on their own and I really appreciate that as well. They are at the stage where they want to try and read as independently as possible and this story allows them that opportunity.
So, if you have a young person about to start school, I think this is a must have for your library!
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to share this story with my children. I received an advance review copy for free and am voluntarily leaving this review. All of the opinions are my own.
First of all, I want to thank the author and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Broken crayons still color by toni Collier is coming out on August 29, 2023.
This is such a cute book and has a great message!! Smell the roses and blowout the candles is one of the best things I have taught my children. When I read them this book, they knew exactly what the book meant. #BrokenCrayonsStillColor #NetGalley
The illustrations are my favorite! The messages are so strong and such an important book. I loved the colors and feelings. So many different tools to learn.
This is going to be an insta-buy for me when it's out! I love the message, that it's okay not to be perfect, and I love that it connects God and self affirmations and emotional awareness. We do the "smell the flowers, blow out the candles" already at home, and will definitely be adding some of the affirmation words to our days now too! Love love love it!
Absolutely loved this book and getting to share it with my two toddlers.
The story was incredibly thoughtful, with lessons for kids and parents both. this book was more than just another childrens book. It gave important lessons on feelings and emtions in a way that was still easy for kids to understand.
the illustrations are a fantastic edition to the book and message it sent.
Many parts of that book stuck with me as a parent, but one i am constantly reminding my toddler is "You're not a mess because you have messy feelings."
I will be definitely adding my own physical copy to my personal library as well as recommending this book as often as possible!
Thank you to Thomas Nelson: CHILDREN'S and Netgalley for the ARC
This was so powerful. As a parent to a young boy who is still learning his feelings coloring has been a godsend. This book shows that even in times where you don’t understand your feeling doing something creative can help you out. The illustration style was light and easy to follow. The words just enhanced what was being said even further. I truly loved the idea of giving the different colors names. I will absolutely be buying this book for my son when it comes out. The bonus last page with the color correlation to feelings was something I will be working on with my son.