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A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as “red” suffers an identity crisis in the new book by the bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It’s an Orange Aardvark!

Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon’s Story is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way.

Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let’s draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a play date with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries!

Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! This funny, heartwarming story about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] fresh approach to colors and feelings…Readers will share the all the emotional elements of the tale—humor, despair, sadness, frustration, and finally, excitement.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Red is a crayon, and children will see his problem right away: his label reads ‘red,’ but he’s blue…The overly cheerful encouragement Red endures will sound familiar to any child who’s struggled to perform…Unexpectedly affecting.”

    Publishers Weekly

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

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Crayon Red may be labeled red, but he colors blue…Once he lets go of his label and proclaims, ‘I’m blue!’ everything turns around…Sharp details keep the story both effective and amusing.”

    Horn Book Magazine

  • “Spoiler alert: Young listeners need to know that Red is a blue crayon with a red paper wrapper. With this information, the humor and the celebration of determination and individuality come shining through this story. When his family and his crayon friends can’t figure out why Red is not a successful crayon, it takes a new friend to help him soar. As narrator, Robin Miles purposefully lets each story moment have the spotlight, and she gives personality to everyone in the crayon box. Red’s teacher has an authentic ‘teacher voice’ when encouraging him, his grandparents sound well meaning but dismayed, and the scissors’ brisk speaking pace suggests their quick snips. Best of all is Miles’ depiction of Red’s elation when he begins his new project. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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