Book of the Month

June 2024

The cover of the children's book titled "Red: A Crayon's Story" by Michael Hall, featuring a blue crayon labeled as 'red'.

Dear P.S. 115Q Community,

Happy June! We are thrilled to end the year with our final Book of the Month which honors Pride Month titled, Red: A Crayon’s Story written and illustrated by Michael Hall.

This humor-filled story is about a crayon named Red who struggles with its identity because it was labeled as red, despite feeling like it was blue. Throughout the story, Red faces challenges and doubts from others around it and those who don’t understand Red’s true identity. With the help of friends and a little self-reflection, Red learns to embrace its true color and finds happiness in just being itself.

We have thoughtfully aligned our virtue of the month to focus on the virtue of wonder. Having wonder means being open to the beauty and mysteries of life. It is our appreciation for what is precious and inspiring. To view past virtues and see their definitions, please visit the Virtues Project website. The competency we are focusing on is social awareness which is an individual’s capacity to interact with others in a way that shows respect for their ideas and behaviors and uses cooperation and tolerance in social situations. As you read or listen to this book, we encourage you to engage in family discussions focused on the following: Talk about a time where you were able to put yourself in another person’s shoes or empathize with another? How did that feel? Discuss a time when someone was able to do that for you? How did that make you feel? What are some examples we can all do to be more socially aware at home, school, and/or out in our community?

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” –Billie Jean King


The P.S. 115Q Team

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