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The Life of a Crayon: A Colorful Story of Never-Ending Beginnings
Tara Wosiski and Christopher Willard, PsyD | Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
Bala Kids | Shambhala / Hardcover / Mar 2023
9781611809770 (ISBN-10: 1611809770)
Children's Books / Forthcoming
price: $23.95 (may be subject to change)
32 pages
Not Yet Published

When Green arrives in a crayon box as a present to a little girl, he has no idea of the impact he will have on her life in small but profound and meaningful ways—in this picture book for children ages 4–8.

The Life of a Crayon is a colorful story about a girl and her crayon who grow up together and draw the world around them. When a little girl receives a box of crayons for her birthday, Green becomes her favorite. Over the years, as the girl creates art and projects and greeting cards, Green learns new skills and important lessons alongside her. Perhaps most importantly, Green fills her—and others’—worlds with color and the emotions it evokes, and in doing so leaves a legacy that is vast and meaningful.

The story can just be an engaging and thought-provoking adventure on its own, or it can help kids and family cope with change, the challenges of growing up, and even loss as this book touches on themes like lifecycles, impermanence, and connection.

About the Authors:

TARA WOSISKI is an artist, author and art educator. She teaches mindfulness to children and adults and creates large scale community artworks designed to produce experiences of awe. She received her MAT degree through the University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA and was trained to teach mindfulness through the Center for Resilience in Providence, RI. She is deeply connected to nature and has a life-long passion for learning about the brain. Tara is always working on many types of creative endeavors.

DR. CHRISTOPHER WILLARD is an author and educator who teaches at Harvard Medical School and serves on the board of the Mindfulness in Education Network and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. An established speaker in both meditation and psychotherapy communities, he regularly leads workshops and presents at conferences around the world.

About the Illustrator:

HOLLY CLIFTON-BROWN is a freelance illustrator living in London. Her work combines traditional painting with contemporary techniques to create a unique and imagination visual language. Her website is

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