God’s Big Crayon Box: No. Smithfield author releases children’s book celebrating diversity


NORTH SMITHFIELD – Mickey Scotto has held many roles, from medical receptionist, cook and gardener, to mother and grandmother.

In her latest role – children’s book author – the North Smithfield resident says she’s created a story that illustrates lessons she taught her own sons about God creating humans with a creative and basic way to educate children about diversity. 

Scotto has released her debut book, “God’s Big Crayon Box: We are all so much more alike than we are different!” which aims to highlight diversity, while keeping the lesson at the most simplistic level for even very young readers to understand.

“When God created the Earth, He made it beautiful until He realized something was missing: people,” the story notes, explaining how he used his big box of crayons to color people, animals and the world.

Throughout the colorful pages, the first-time author said she shows readers how God used his big box of crayons to create humans and used colors such as white, black, brown and more.

“He also used different colors for their eyes and used all the other crayons in his box for nature, the animals and insects,” noted a release on the book. “God’s people spoke different languages and came from different places on the earth, but he loved them all the same.”

The author notes that she emphasizes how God was pleased with the uniqueness he created, making people of different colors and shapes, each special in their own way.

“When my sons were very young, I taught them how God created people using his crayon box and even though someone may look or sound different, we were all created equally by him,” said Scotto. “This continued to serve as a basis in their life for treating everyone equally and understanding God created us all as humans. I wanted to share this important lesson with other children.”

“It encourages a creative and basic way to educate children about diversity and the non-issue that it should be,” the author noted. “We are all from the same source, despite our differences in appearance, the languages we speak, or where we are born.”

Ultimately, she says, “God’s Big Crayon Box,” aims to bring joy to readers by showing them the fun God had creating the world with different colors and how much he loves all the differences in his creations. The lesson presented throughout encourages a creative and fundamental way to educate children about diversity, according to the author.

“God’s Big Crayon Box: We are all so much more alike than we are different!” is available at AmazonBarnes & Noble and Archway Publishing.

Scotto said she has several more books in the works all based on family, God and faith. To learn more, visit http://www.mickeyscotto.com.

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