Stephenville schools coordinated a day of reading Thursday with the 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award winning book, The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.
“For the last three years each school in Stephenville ISD has participated in a district-wide initiative to share the same book across all grade levels,” Lynne Hamilton, Chamberlin Elementary librarian, said in an email. “The librarians collectively choose a title to share each year.”
The Day the Crayons Quit is about a little boy who wants to color, but after opening a box of crayons, finds only letters from each saying they’ve had enough and quit.
Red is tired of working harder than the others, beige is tired of being second pick to brown, black wants to be used for more than just outlining the boy’s drawings; each crayon has a complaint.
The boy has to then come up with a way to please them all.
Students at Central Elementary were given a pattern they colored with their favorite color.
Cathy Wittie, librarian, then glued them all together with “We don’t quit, we work together” as the saying.
At Chamberlin, Hamilton pretended as though she were going to quit her job saying it was too hard. She read the story pointing out that each crayon had their own special job to do and asked students to think about their own special gifts.
“Students then chose a bookmark that looked like a crayon,” Hamilton said. “On the back they were to write their special gift.”
At Hook, students walked in to find crayons laying all over the building. Daresa Rhine, librarian, motivated the kids to help save the crayons by assigning them new jobs.
“(Kelly) Montieth’s class problem-solved and analyzed the crayons’ complaints,” Rhine said. “It was a fun day.”
Gilbert Intermediate students read the book with librarian Lura Manley and then colored a bookmark.
After hearing the story from librarian Missy Weber, Henderson Junior High did some activities to help them with problem solving.
“This book helped the students see that problems need to be addressed and that they need to go to the source of the problem,” Weber said.
Stephenville High School students watched a video on how crayons are made after listening to the story read by librarian, Rachel Kammerer.
"Then we did a questionnaire about which color is best and why. Students had to explain their opinion," Kammerer said. "Kids were then given a handout with nine different pictures from the book and encouraged to color them in "crazy," non-traditional colors."