THE CRAYON MAN: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
illustrated by Steven Salerno
In 1903, a man’s innovative invention appeared in homes in a bright green box for only a nickel – the Crayola crayons. In a world where children are given crayons almost as soon as they are born, where the smell of crayons is more recognizable than coffee and peanut butter, what must it have been like to live at a time when crayons were a novelty? This is a story of the inspirational inventor Edwin Binney, the man who loved color and nature, who listened and created one of the world’s most enduring, best-loved childhood toys—empowering children around the world to imagine and draw ANYTHING!
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WINNER of the Irma Black Award for Excellence in Children’s
Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Best 2019 Picture Book Biography selection - Betsy Bird, Fuse # 8
Editors' Pick Best Nonfiction for kids and bestseller on Amazon.com
Young Readers' Choice Award - LA
Great Texas Mosquito List and Student Choice Award, TX
Shortlisted for North Carolina
Children's Book Award, NC
Shortlisted for Charter Oak, CT, Children's Book Award
Shortlisted for CFSID Horned Toad Tale Award, Houston, TX
the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, MD
Shortlisted for the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice, LA
Honor Book, Beehive Award for Children's Informational Books, Utah
Shortlisted Birdville ISD Battle of the
“A colorful addition to the shelves of picture books about inventors and inventions and all things STEAM” SLJ
“Readers are likely to be fascinated . . . Back matter is attention-grabbing… with photographs of crayon production today” — Publishers Weekly
"What were the odds that I’d go goofy over the biography of the guy who invented the Crayola crayon? . . . This Natascha Biebow lady KNOWS how to pen a really good picture book biography . . . And the Backmatter, oh the Backmatter! Gorgeous full-color photographs of the process (which gave me flashbacks to old Mr. Rogers episodes), a one-page author bio, and the MOST impressive Bibliography I’ve seen in any picture book this year" – Betsy Bird, SLJ Fuse # 8
“Biebow’s first nonfiction picture book flows with conversational smoothness ... The attractive full-page — and, accordingly, brightly colorful — illustrations mix realism and whimsy" — Booklist
"I love to draw . . . without crayons I couldn’t draw cats, trees and flowers and really anything in my imagination."
"It made me feel how much color there is around us".
Where to buy: You can buy THE CRAYON MAN at any of the following locations (links open in a new page) or at a bookstore near you:
(ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGET), illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Every day, the rangers admired the funny elephants who played at the water hole. But one day, when Eleonora is shot by a poacher, something surprising happens. All the other elephants in the herd come to say goodbye. A moving story about death and remembrance.
IS THIS MY NOSE?
illustrated by Georgie Birkett
Winner of the Booktrust
Best Book for Babies
Can you touch your nose,
Yes, you can!
With fun, interactive language, flaps and a mirror at the back, this book is perfect for preschoolers discovering their bodies.
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EVENTS & APPEARANCES
I have been doing lots and lots of virtual author visits and workshops :)
Perfect for units on biography, inventions, creativity starters, homeschoolers, snow days, end of year inspiration, or just for FUN!
Recent and upcoming appearances:
International School Panama
Lyceum Kennedy French American School, NYC
Valley View Community School, NH
STEM at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, NJ
Upper Allen Elementary, PA
Shepperdsdown Elementary, PA
Elkhorn School District, WI
Northside Elementary, PA
Linden STEAM Academy, MA
Patricia Duran School, ME
Cobb EMC Literary Festival, GA
Gladywyn Montessori, PA
Ben Franklin Elementary, NJ
Books With Buddies Program, Spring Early Learning College Academy, TX
Fort Bend School District, TX
Stephen F. Austin STEM Academy, TX
Library Visit, Steamboat, CO