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About Natascha Biebow
Natascha Biebow’s favorite crayon color is periwinkle blue because it makes her heart sing. She loves to draw and make stuff, just like the inventor of the Crayola crayons, Edwin Binney. She lives in London, where she writes, edits, coaches and mentors children’s book authors and illustrators at Blue Elephant Storyshaping, and is the long-time Regional Advisor of SCBWI British Isles. She has been awarded an MBE for her services to children's writers and illustrators. THE CRAYON MAN is her first non-fiction picture book.
PRAISE FOR THE CRAYON MAN:
Winner of the Irma Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Best STEM Book 2020
Selected for International Literature Association Reading List (ILA)
Best 2019 Picture Book Biography selection - Betsy Bird, Fuse # 8
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Winner of Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award
Shortlisted Great Texas Mosquito List, Brazosport, TX
Shortlisted for North Carolina Children's Book Award, NC
Shortlisted for Charter Oak Children's Book Award, CT
Shortlisted for CFSID Horned Toad Tale Award, Houston, TX
Shortlisted for the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, MD
Honor Book, Beehive Award for Children's Informational Books, Utah
Let’s create, imagine, experiment!
I love to get kids fired up about true stories, using their imaginations and believing in themselves as future inventors and creators. Binney's story is a great springboard for exploring nature, color and getting creative.
Free resources including read-aloud, podcast, activities, educators' guide with curriculum links, craft tips and more on my website. Virtual visits and online non-fiction workshops are a great way for me to share the fascinating story of the invention of Crayola crayons, ideas for research and author journey with children grades 2-6. Interested in a virtual author visit or workshop on researching and writing true stories? Please reach out to me at:
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What child doesn't love to hold a crayon in their hands? But children didn't always have such magical boxes of crayons. Before Edwin Binney set out to change things, children couldn't really even draw in color.
Here’s the true story of an inventor who so loved nature’s vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children – in a bright green box for only a nickel! With experimentation, and a special knack for listening, Edwin Binney and his dynamic team at Crayola created one of the world’s most enduring, best-loved childhood toys – empowering children to dream in COLOR!