It was one of my favorite books as a child and its still one of my favorite nostalgia reads now. This month’s classic is a heartwarming tale of a young boy and his limitless imagination. This charming tale with its simple, but incredibly creative illustrations, is a delight to read and a great title to share with the little bookworms in your family!

Book of the Month

Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955) by Crockett Johnson

Opening Words

One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.

Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson

What’s It All About?

In this utterly charming children’s book, a young boy named Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. Since there isn’t any moon, he decides to draw one using his special purple crayon. And then he draws himself a path to walk on, and a bunch of other little things, such as a boat, buildings, and even some animal friends. Considering the length of the book, there’s not much that I can say without giving a lot of the plot away, so, I’ll leave it at this: it’s the charming story of a creative little boy who draws his own little world using a purple crayon.

Read this if you Enjoy:

  • Children’s books
  • Tales of imagination
  • Cozy stories

Final Thoughts

There’s something so warm and comforting about rereading a favorite book from one’s childhood. And I certainly enjoyed checking out this title again in preparation for the blog post. A fun fact that you might now know (I certainly didn’t!) is that Harold and the Purple Crayon has sequels! If you’d like to see what adventures come next for this sweet little boy, consider checking these titles out through SearchOhio!

Harold’s Fairy Tale: Unable to sleep, Harold creates his very own bedtime fairytale, with fairies, castles, and a flying carpet

Harold’s Trip to the Sky: In this sci-fi lite title, Harold draws his way to the planet Mars

Harold at the North Pole: It’s Christmas Eve and Harold needs a Christmas tree. So, he goes on a trip to the North Pole and discovers that Santa needs his help!

Harold’s Circus: When Harold (and his crayon) decide to go on a walk on a tightrope, he ends up falling right into the middle of a circus!

A Picture for Harold’s Room: Harold needs a picture for his bedroom wall, so he takes his crayon and creates a whole new world for himself–only to discover that the whole time, he’s been shrinking!

Harold’s ABC: Join Harold on an alphabet adventure from A to Z!


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