The Crayons Come Home to LACMA

Los Angeles Events - Crayon Collection at LACMAWhat would your child’s world look like if his crayons suddenly just quit, and he had to convince them to resume their colorful work? And what about those crayons that have gone astray, lost under the sofa or stuck in the dryer? Would your child go on a mission to rescue them?

Your family can meet a man who has pondered these issues in depth when Drew Daywalt, who wrote the popular The Day The Crayons Quit, and the newly published The Day The Crayons Came Home, comes to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Aug. 23.

Daywalt, whose crayon books were illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, will visit the museum’s Boone Children’s Gallery from 12:30-3 p.m. to read and sign both books. The free event will include an artist-led children’s workshop.

If your family has been inspired by Daywalt’s tales of crayon adventures, consider bringing a crayon or two to contribute to Crayon Collection, an L.A.-based nonprofit dedicated to repurposing crayons for children in need. Twenty-two billion crayons are thrown away each year in the U.S., and the nonprofit partners with restaurants such as California Pizza Kitchen, and with the public, to collect gently used crayons and donate them to underfunded schools and Head Start preschool programs.

The process helps teach young children the benefits of recycling, reusing and reducing waste (as these petroleum-based crayons take many years to break down in landfills), and sharing with others less fortunate. The charity’s efforts also help to cut down on the $750 per year of personal income the average teacher spends outfitting his or her own underfunded classroom.

To boost the organization’s efforts, Penguin Young Readers, the publisher of The Day The Crayons Came Home, is including instructions for starting a community crayon collection initiative with the books, in the hope of inspiring similar Los Angeles events at other locations.

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