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WestportREADS 2017: Red

Information and Events planned around the 2017 WestportREADS selections

WestportREADS 2017: Red

(Children's Companion Book)

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Preview the Book! Watch a Video about Red: A Crayon's Story

See the List of Awards Won by "Red: A Crayon's Story"

Red: A Crayon’s Story
2016 Irma Black Award - Finalist
2016 E. B. White Read-aloud Award - Finalist
2015 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award - Finalist
2016 Minnesota Book Award - Finalist
2015 Goodreads Choice Award
2015 Booklist Best Picture Books
2016 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
2016 Rainbow List
2016 Cybils Awards - Nominee
2016-17 Star of the North - Nominee

Read a Summary of the Book

Read a Kirkus Review of Red

Kirkus Review Dec. 1st, 2014   
Age Range: 4 - 8

When a red-labeled crayon discovers he’s actually blue, he finds joy, ebullience and acceptance.  Red tries to be a quintessential red crayon, coloring fire trucks, strawberries, hearts and cherries, but no matter the object, they all turn blue.  Until Berry asks him to draw something blue. When Red succeeds, he feels free! He feels himself, and drawing becomes a delight. Finding strength in his difference, Red captures that feeling of ease, self-acceptance and freedom in an exuberant, far-reaching sky.

Smartly designed and appealing, Red’s story offers much for discussion and affirmation. 

Learn More About the Author

Michael Hall is the author/illustrator of The New York Times bestseller, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, as well as the critically acclaimed Perfect Square, It’s an Orange Aardvark, Red: A Crayon’s Story, and Frankencrayon.

Before becoming a children’s author, Michael was an award-winning graphic designer whose work — including graphic identities for the City of Saint Paul, Macalester College, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Hennepin County Medical Center — has been widely recognized for its simple and engaging approach.

Michael lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Author Website

Watch an Interview with Michael Hall