(CNN) – The Crayola brand is expected to release new boxes of crayons that will represent the world’s skin tone. The Thursday announcement by the 135 year old arts and crafts company created 24 new “Colors of the World” crayons that they say are representational of over 40 skin tones around the world. Crayola says their new crayons are in conjunction with UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
With the world growing more diverse than ever before, Crayola hopes our new Colors of the World crayons will increase representation and foster a greater sense of belonging and acceptance. We want the new Colors of the World crayons to advance inclusion within creativity and impact how kids express themselves.Crayola CEO Rich Wuerthele
The crayons, set to be released in June, in time for back-to-school, include colors called “Light Golden, Deep Almond, and Medium Deep Rose.”