Creative Crayons


In How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney, illustrated by Feronia Parker Thomas, a very resourceful box of crayons saves the day when best friends Sun and Clouds get in a big fight.

Here’s how you can save your broken new crayons, giving them a new life so every day can be full of colorful fun:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Oven
  • Muffin pan
  • Broken/unwanted crayons
  • Oven mitt
  • Refrigerator
  • Dish towel
  • An adult

Here’s what to do:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.melted-crayon
  2. Peel off all remaining crayon wrappers.
  3. Break up crayons into small pieces if they aren’t already broken.
  4. Fill up the muffin tin with broken crayons. You can use multiple colors for a tie-dye affect. It’s okay to fill them right up to the top.How the
  5. Have an adult place tin in the oven. Let bake for about 10-13 minutes.
  6. Using an oven mitt, have an adult carefully remove the tin from the oven. (The wax will still be liquid, so have a steady hand.) Let cool on a heat resistant surface for about 25 minutes.
  7. Place your tin in the refrigerator or freezer for 5-10 minutes. (If you don’t let the tin cool in between, your crayons will probably crack due to extreme temperature changes.)
  8. Remove tin from refrigerator or freezer and flip over on to a dishtowel. The crayons should pop right out.
  9. Get drawing!




How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney, illustrated by Feronia Parker-Thomas




The Sun and the Clouds are best friends. Together they keep the world warm, the gardens growing, and the sky full of beautiful rainbows. But one day they get into a fight and refuse to be in the sky together. And that means there are no longer any rainbows. Without rainbows, the colors start disappearing until Earth was left with no color … except for one little forgotten box of crayons in one little school desk.

Determined to save the rainbows and fix the Sun and Clouds’ friendship, the crayons draw rainbows all over town. Their attempts go unnoticed. Soon they realize that they’re going to have to do something big to get the attention of the former friends. So, the crayons create the biggest rainbow they can and hope it’s enough to bring color back to the world.

How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow teaches the importance of teamwork and perseverance through seven crayons with unique personalities and their desire to see the world in color.

Monica Sweeney loves crayons and rainbows, and always wondered what would happen if the world lost its colors. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Feronia Parker Thomas is an illustrator who loves to sketch and scribble all day. She has a fondness for bears and penguins but would probably prefer a dog as a pet. She lives in London, England.

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5 Things to Do on a Rainy Day

April showers bring May flowers. The May flowers are always nice but the April showers keep us indoors and bored. Instead of being sad about the rain, here are five fun things you can do to stave away the boredom:

5. Craft with the little ones using Mason Jar Crafts for Kids by Linda Z. Braden

9781632204134-frontcoverMason jars are no longer just for canning. Today we use them to drink from, to cook inside, and—with almost limitless possibilities—to craft with. In this fabulous new book, Linda Braden, author and owner of and, offers up a collection of fun and creative Mason jar crafts for kids. Her ideas include everything from wild science experiments and delicious edible treats to holiday decor and gifts for the whole family. Kids won’t want to miss the fireworks in a jar or the lava lamp jar projects. And who could resist a Mason jar cupcake or a rainbow Jell-O jar? There are instructions for how to make your own lantern jars, snow globes, and even a Mason jar terrarium. This book will keep little hands busy all year round, with dozens of easy do-it-yourself projects.

Accompanied by photo tutorials and helpful step-by-step instructions, these projects are kid-friendly and offer a variety of options for both beginning and more advanced DIY fans. Each project is complete with age recommendations, a list of supplies you will need, and safety precautions. These projects are great for crafting with a big group or alone with your child, and perfect for long summer days, rainy weekends, and holiday preparation. Be inspired and discover the endless possibilities with the world’s most famous jar!

4. Binge watch the entire five seasons of Once Upon a Time on Netflix in preparation for the paperback release of another fairy tale retelling: Roses by Rose Mannering

9781634501880-frontcoverShe bears no name. Her silvery appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, the cosmopolitan capital of Pevorocco in the Western Realm. With her mother vanishing at the instance of her birth, she is sent to live with the cruel, rich Ma Dane, where she is punished daily for something, though she knows not what. Tauntingly named Beauty, she flees Sago in a violent uprising that sets out to massacre all Magics and journeys to the farthest point of the country.

But Beauty cannot hide in the grassy Hillands forever. Before long, the State officials find her and threaten to take her back to war-torn Sago where death surely awaits. In a midnight blizzard she escapes them, running into a deep, enchanted forest to a great and terrible beast who will bargain for her life.

But can Beauty accept Beast? Eternity is a long time. Now for the first time in paperback, Roses is sure to capture your heart as you fall in love with Beauty and her Beast all over again.

3. Play some Minecraft and find helpful hints in our Hacks for Minecrafters series


Packed with expert tips, cheats, and hacks on building, fighting, farming, enchanting, mining, and more, The Big Book of Hacks for Minecrafters shows exactly how the experts bring their amazing structures to life (like a Japanese pagoda or underwater dome) and fight every single type of mob (from Blazes to Zombie Pigmen and everything in between). Illustrated guides will let every kid follow along with each tip step-by-step to master the Minecrafting world.





2. Watch Rosemary’s Baby and then read Susannah Appelbaum’s Divah

41GkjrYv7pL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Seventeen-year-old Itzy Nash is spending the summer at the exclusive Carlyle hotel in New York City. But the hotel harbors more than the rich and privileged; it is host to a gorgeous fallen angel, reclusive movie stars, and—Itzy soon learns—demons of the worst sort. When the Queen of the Damned checks in, all Hell breaks loose. Itzy is called upon to save herself—and all of humanity—from the ravages of the Underworld. There’s only one problem: Itzy’s possessed.

Part gothic thriller, part historical fiction, the novel straddles the Upper East Side and the lush trappings of the Carlyle hotel, and Paris during the Reign of Terror in 1789. Marie Antoinette is the Queen of the Damned. Marilyn Monroe is an expert demon hunter. To kill a demon, Hermès scarves, Evian water, and a guillotine are the weapons of choice.



1. Read The Little Raindrop by Joanna Gray, illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic to the little ones in your life.

9781628738216-frontcoverFrom cloud to puddle, and puddle to stream, the Little Raindrop is making its way on the remarkable journey that is Earth’s water cycle. In this inviting story—illustrated with pastels for a soft, full color—readers are taught about science and nature through a character-driven narrative that leads a little raindrop on a big adventure. With an easy-to-follow plot that teaches precipitation, water flow, and evaporation, The Little Raindrop offers a sweet story full of learning and discovery.

Featuring a heartwarming adventure from author Joanna Gray and beautiful pastel illustrations by Dubravka Kolanovic, The Little Raindrop takes readers on a fun and educational ride through the water cycle.



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