Broken Crayons

Broken Crayons Book Events in PEI & NB

Join Acorn Press, author Patsy Dingwell and illustrator Marla Lesage, as they celebrate the release of their children’s book Broken Crayons.

When Ms. Gillis decides to complete her International Teaching Practicum in Kenya, sponsored by Farmers Helping Farmers, she is very excited. She can’t wait to start her adventure in the warm African sun, leaving behind cold February days in Canada and (as she comes to learn) a well-stocked Island classroom. She arrives laden with gifts and school supplies from friends on PEI. As she distributes a gift of crayons to her students, she soon realizes that she is the one who has the most to learn. Broken Crayons is a delightful story written for school age children. It is based on a true story that never grows old and one which carries a message for all, no matter your age.

Patsy Dingwell lives with her husband Rodney on their farm in Marie, PEI. They have four sons. Her grandchildren are often the audience for her life-long love of storytelling. A retired special education assistant, she now makes time to write and travel. Her favourite destination is Kenya, having visited three times. As a long time member of Farmers Helping Farmers she founded the School Twinning Project and is proud to relate stories of this Island NGO. This is her first book.

Marla Lesage is an artist, illustrator, writer, and dreamer. She lives in New Brunswick with her favourite scallywags and several fish. Her first book, Pirate, Year Round, was published in 2019. She is the illustrator of Broken Crayons, written by Patsy Dingwell.

Prince Edward Island Reading Street Event:

Broken Crayons Book Launch with Patsy Dingwell

Farmers Helping Farmers is delighted to be part of the upcoming launch of a new children’s book by long-time member Patsy Dingwell, inspired by the experience of UPEI student teacher Ellen Gillis while teaching in Kenya. This event is sponsored by TD Canada and the PEI Writers Guild.
The launch will take place Saturday October 24th at the Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown.
There will be two readings at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., with just 35 seats per time slot. Doors will open 15 minutes before each reading. Please respect the rules of social distancing and bring a mask. SEATING IS LIMITED!
If you have questions, please email:
To find out more about Farmers Helping Farmers and Broken Crayons:

Online Launch

Join Acorn Press, author, Patsy Dingwell and illustrator Marla Lesage, for the online launch of their children’s book, Broken Crayons.

They will be in conversation with Acorn Press publisher Terrilee Bulger.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 


Tickets are FREE with the purchase of a book.

Purchase the book at Bookmark (Charlottetown) or Westminster Books (Frederiction) and receive a link to access the event. Customers who have previously bought the book at either store can also request the link to access the event.

Fredericton Launch

Acorn Press illustrator Marla Lesage will be launching Broken Crayons at Westminster Books

Saturday, November 7, 2020


Contact Westminster Books for more information.