My favorite children’s book of the past year is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. As a child I was fascinated by the names of the colors in my highly prized box of 64 Crayola crayons. I was convinced that they each had their own bright or dark personalities. This turns out to be true in this funny and unique tale of a group of crayons who go on strike—each with their own compelling reason, explained in letters written—in crayon, of course—to the owner of the box. This is an excellent book for kids from 5 to 95.