The best children's books leave plenty of room for a child's own imagination to be a part of the story. In his classic children's picture book Harold and the Purple Crayon
, author and illustrator Crockett Johnson did just that. What fun it is to see a little boy, Harold, create his own environment using a single purple crayon. It's not surprising that children 3 and older love the book and that is still in print more than 55 years after it was first published. Crocket Johnson also illustrated The Carrot Seed
, another picture book that has become a classic, which was written by his wife, Ruth Krauss.
(Cover art courtesy of HarperCollins)
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