Description & History
Crayola Creativity Week began in 2022 to celebrate the joy creativity brings to teaching and learning. With a variety of author, illustrator and celebrity partners joining the celebration there are resources, giveaways, and virtual content all week long. School librarians can register to be informed as resources are rolled out on the Creativity Week website. In 2024, Crayola Creativity Week will be celebrated January 22-28, 2024. Sign up now.
Crayola has compiled content and resources educators can use during Creativity Week and year round. Resources curated by AASL volunteers can be found below and more will be added up until the event.
Professional Learning Resources
General Creativity Resources
Creativity & Innovation
Knowledge Quest, Volume 42, No. 5
In order to stay ahead of the curve, school librarians must be creative and innovative in their approach to their programs. Guest edited by Jami L. Jones, this AASL Knowledge Quest issue discusses what creativity is and how school librarians can take creativity to action in their programs.
The Motivational and Information Needs of Young Innovators: Stimulating Student Creativity and Inventive Thinking
This School Library Research article describes a study conducted by a research team at Syracuse University’s Center for Digital Literacy investigating the attitudes toward innovation activities, motivational supports, and information needs of young innovators in grade 4–8 as they progressed through the innovation process.
Sunni Brown: Doodlers, Unite!
Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension -- and our creative thinking. Sunni Brown makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen in this TED Talk.
Sketchnotes are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-lettering, shapes, and visual elements like arrows, boxes, and lines. Sketchnotes don't require special drawing skills, but do require you to listen and visually synthesize and summarize ideas by using writing and drawing.
To "upcycle" means to recycle or reuse something in a way that increases the original object's value. In other words, upcycling is taking something old and creating something new. Examples of upcycling include using materials from plastic bottles to make new shoes or reclaimed wood to make quality furniture.
International Dot Day Resources
International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. This page contains resources to celebrate Dot Day that can also be used to celebrate Crayola Creativity Week.
Resources to Pair With Events Scheduled for 2023
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NASA in the Library
Crayola Creativity Week Day One – You Are Going
Building Dreams and Community
Celebrating Crayola’s Creativity Week with Kindergarten
Building Dreams and Community: Celebrating Crayola Creativity Week with Ali and The Sea Stars
Dancing with Tradition
Dancing with Traditions: Crayola Creativity Week
5 Lesson Ideas with Picture Books and Laughter
Laughter in the Library
Friday, January 27
Different Types of SEL Activities to Build School Library Culture
Compelling Resources to Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Library
SEL and the Inquire Shared Foundation: Lesson Ideas with Picture Books
We Don't Shush Here: Student Voice in the Library
Power to the Pupil: Student Agency in the School Library
Adding Student Voice with the Junior Library Council
Recognize Student Voice And Build Student Self-Confidence
Weather SEL Class Check Ins
Unleashing Imagination: Celebrating Crayola Creativity Week with Misty the Cloud and the Magic of Cloud Science
STEM, Art, SEL, and Literacy: A Perfect Match for Learners