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Colors and Books That Explore Them

Looking for a list of the best children's books about colors?

It is such a fun time when the world opens up to our little ones. They have fresh eyes and everything is new! Teaching them to learn colors can be exciting with all of the different ways these books portray the world around us.

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Baby Bear Sees Blue
Written & illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is one of my very favorite "color" books—it's calming, highly re-readable, unique and has amazingly illustrations! Plus, the repetition of the structure is great for little "readers".
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I love this book about colors! It's so sweet, and I love that there's a storyline, following baby bear throughout his day to see what colors he finds all around him. So sweet, and the illustrations are just as beautiful!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Explore the world of color with Baby Bear in this clever and adorable story now available as a Classic Board Book!

Baby Bear has so much to learn about the world! From the moment he wakes until it’s time to curl up and go to sleep, he explores outside with his mama. They see green leaves, blue jays, brown trout, and—best of all—a patch of yummy red strawberries.

From bestselling author-illustrator Ashley Wolff, here is a clever concept book that combines engaging and intricate linocut illustrations with a story that enthusiastically encourages children to identify a variety of vibrant colors. Young readers will delight in this chance to join Baby Bear as he discovers the colorful wonders of his lively, leafy forest home.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Written by Bill Martin Jr & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck– all parade across the pages of this delightful classic children’s book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle’s flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin’s singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.

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Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors
Written by Danna Smith & illustrated by Valeria Petrone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Two brothers use their imaginations to turn their surroundings–from a white bandana and yellow coins to a red blanket and even their baby sister– into a colorful pirate adventure before naptime.

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Lionel and Molly: Colors
Written by Joanna Lake & illustrated by Jess Racklyeft
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Introducing Lionel and Molly–two best friends exploring the world around them in this touch and feel concept board book. Lionel the lion and Molly the mouse are best friends who love exploring the world together. Join them as they discover the colors and beauty of the seasons, like the bright yellow sun in the summer and big blue rain puddles in the spring.

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Colors, Colors, Everywhere!
Written & illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
This is a fun book! It talks about all the good of each color and how it is tricky to pick just one favorite. Really cute book.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Barney Saltzberg’s irrepressible and imaginative books—Good Egg, Beautiful Oops!, Arlo Needs Glasses, and A Little Bit of Oomph!, combine distinctive art, a lively spirit, and paper engineering to bring great joy to kids (and grown-ups, too). Now Barney is launching a new series of board books about a character named Redbird. With his long orange beak, red body, and friendly expression, Redbird calls to mind Dr. Seuss’s offbeat heroes and Boynton’s zany barnyard creatures, while embodying the author’s signature playful style.

In Colors, Colors, Everywhere!, Redbird tries to pick his favorite color—is it red like him, blue like the sky, or yellow like the sun? Finally, he concludes: Colors, colors, everywhere! It’s hard to really choose. . . . It’s hard to really know! And that’s the reason why I love . . . the colors of the rainbow!

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  • Red, Stop! Green, Go! - With the beloved dogs from P. D. Eastman’s classic, Go, Dog. Go!, toddlers can explore the world of color in this interactive adaptation of the original book.Flaps, wheels, and slide tabs let children make a white dog get black spots, the traffic light change from red to green, and dogs of all colors zoom around in cars. Simple and sturdy interactive elements will make this new format a hit with parents and little ones alike!

  • Dr. Seuss's Book of Colors - An easy-to-read book about color, inspired by Dr. Seuss and illustrated with artwork from his books! This simple rhymed riff about color is illustrated with art from some of the most beloved–and colorful–works by Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Great for the earliest reader, it is a perfect companion to Dr. Seuss concept books like Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, and Dr. Seuss’s ABC. Nurture a love of reading–and of the many colorful characters created by Dr. Seuss–with this great new concept book for beginning readers!

  • Pride Colors - In this photographic concept book, babies and toddlers are introduced to the PRIDE flag and the meaning behind each color.

  • Nana's Garden - Explore all of the delights and surprises to be found in NANA’S GARDEN. Join our young gardener as she spends her Sundays picking juicy red tomatoes, catching beautiful black and orange butterflies, counting the daisies in her basket, scooping up caterpillars, and much more. Larissa Juliano’s joyful word play begs to be read aloud again and again to toddlers sitting on laps… and dreaming of sunny days in Nana’s garden. Lively text appeals to children and the person reading it to them. Sturdy format is perfect for little hands. Combines counting and color recognition while encouraging movement and play. A perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

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Babies Love Colors
Written by Michelle Rhodes-Conway & illustrated by Fhiona Galloway
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Introduce your baby or toddler to all the colors in the rainbow in this adorable lift-a-flap board book. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure while grasping and lifting the sturdy flaps helps develop fine motor skills. A perfect first book!

Welcome to the world little one! Come explore Colors Lift-a-Flap board book filled with surprises. Perfectly sized for little hands and fingers to open and close the flaps. 6 chunky and sturdy flaps are extra strong so your little one can open and close again and again. Surprise and delight baby with bright artwork and special treats under each flap. Collect all the books in the Babies Love series. From colors and animals, to first words and holidays, the Babies Love Chunky Lift-a-Flap series is a great introduction to reading with cheerful, contemporary, and whimsical illustrations and sturdy, easy-to-lift flaps.

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Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire
Written by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville & illustrated by Brigette Barrager
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville, and Brigette Barrager team up to tell the joyful and unique story of the trailblazing Disney artist Mary Blair.

Mary Blair lived her life in color: vivid, wild color.

From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Mary wouldn’t play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men and think in black and white, Mary painted twinkling emerald skies, peach giraffes with tangerine spots, and magenta horses that could fly.

She painted her world.

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This Little Hamster
Written & illustrated by Kass Reich
Thoughts from Grammy
This Little Hamster is a fun and playful new take on a book about color. The spirited hamsters celebrate their eclectic collections of colorful objects in unexpected combinations in clever, rhyming couplets. The spare, consistent illustrations allow for easy identification of each item, facilitating the assembly of our own colorful objects.
Thoughts from The Goodfather
Kass Reich is such a talented individual in the children's book space. We really enjoy This Little Hamster around our home. I like her illustration style. It's very playful and fun.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

This Little Hamster is a spirited playful board book for babies and toddlers. Rhyming couplets and cheerful illustrations will capture the interest of both child and adult readers. This follow-up to Kass Reich’s bestselling debut, Hamsters Holding Hands, is a charming introduction to basic colors that will fascinate little ones.

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Pinwheel
Written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Turn the wheel and watch each scene transform with spinning, eye-catching designs! Award-winning artist Salina Yoon’s spectacular display of kinetic art immerses readers in a colorful, poetic journey. From a balloon-filled sky to the deep blue sea, Pinwheel reminds readers of the beauty all around them. Let the fun begin with every spin!

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This Bridge Will Not Be Gray
Written by Dave Eggers & illustrated by Tucker Nichols
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In this delightfully original take on nonfiction, bestselling author Dave Eggers tackles one of the most famous architectural and natural monuments in the world: the Golden Gate Bridge. Cut-paper illustrations by Tucker Nichols ensures that this book feels like a special object, and the revised edition includes real-life letters from constituents making the case for keeping the bridge orange. The narrative’s sly humor makes the topic perfectly accessible for kids enthusiastic about nonfiction. This one-of-a-kind book transports readers to the glorious Golden Gate, no matter where they live.

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  • Blue Chameleon - Chameleon can turn himself into anything and appear to fit in anywhere, but it seems that neither the swirly snail, the green grasshopper nor the striped sock want to be friends. Will he ever find someone to talk to? Someone just like him? With a subtle and witty interplay between words and illustrations this introduction to colors and shapes (and chameleons!) is sure to delight kids of all ages.

  • Hide and Seek - In this sly activity board book from celebrated international favorite Taro Gomi, young readers will delight to find hidden objects amidst familiar characters. When a crocodile’s dangerous smile can become a shiny toothbrush and a butterfly’s camouflage transforms into adorable heart shapes, there’s no telling what comes next! Kids will love learning that not everything in this world is as it seems. Sure to be a hit during both storytime and playtime!

  • Color Our World - B is for Bookworm -

    This book is gorgeous! I love the illustrations, they are so cute. This is a great color book and is extra fun because it has tabs that slide out to extend each page. You learn about colors and about different parts of the world!

  • Summer Song - From Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and acclaimed painter Laura Dronzek, the bestselling and award-winning creators of Winter Is Here, When Spring Comes, and In the Middle of Fall, this picture book about summer celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. Bees buzz, birds sing, and children roll in the grass and feel the heat of the summer sun. With striking verbal imagery, repetition, and alliteration, Kevin Henkes introduces basic concepts of language and the summer season. Laura Dronzek’s glowing paintings beautifully illustrate the wonders of summer.This is an engaging seasonal companion to the bestselling When Spring Comes, In the Middle of Fall, and Winter Is Here, Ideal for introducing the season, for story time, and for bedtime reading.

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Hooray for Spring!
Written by Chiêu Anh Urban
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
My boys love this book! The wheel that spins on the side is so fun for them to see what the colors make when you mix them together.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Celebrate the bright colors of spring with this hands-on color-play novelty board book! Wake up ladybug, look what’s here? Spring brings red, march and cheer. Join award-winning artist Chiêu Anh Urban in this inventively visual experience that allows readers to mix and match the colors of vibrant flowers right before their eyes. Turn the wheels to create and change the bold colors of spring in this deceptively simple and thoughtfully layered novelty book that teaches the joy and wonder of color.

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Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
Written by & illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

With original and spot-on perceptions, Joyce Sidman’s poetry brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, combining the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste. In this Caldecott Honor book, illustrator Pam Zagarenski’s interpretations go beyond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.

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The Day the Crayons Quit
Written by Drew Daywalt & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?

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Mix It Up!
Written & illustrated by Herve Tullet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Accept Hervé Tullet’s irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader’s imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page. Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to Press Here.

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The Numberlys
Written by William Joyce & illustrated by Christina Ellis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the team who brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore comes an alphabet tale extraordinaire!

Once upon a time there was no alphabet, only numbers…

Life was…fine. Orderly. Dull as gray paint. Very…numberly. But our five jaunty heroes weren’t willing to accept that this was all there could be. They knew there had to be more.

So they broke out hard hats and welders, hammers and glue guns, and they started knocking some numbers together. Removing a piece here. Adding a piece there. At first, it was awful. But the five kept at it, and soon it was…artful! One letter after another emerged, until there were twenty-six. Twenty-six letters—and they were beautiful. All colorful, shiny, and new. Exactly what our heroes didn’t even know they were missing.

And when the letters entered the world, something truly wondrous began to happen…Pizza! Jelly beans! Color! Books!

Based on the award-winning app, this is William Joyce and Moonbot’s Metropolis-inspired homage to everyone who knows there is more to life than shades of black and gray.

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  • Where Are You, Blue? - When Blue Dot runs late for dinner, his fellow colors overhear something that causes them to speculate wildly on what might have happened.

  • Blue Chicken - An enterprising chicken attempts to help an artist paint the barnyard and accidentally turns the whole picture blue.

  • I Spy with My Little Eye - Mouse and Little Bear take readers on a journey with each page. Start with a color, point out a shape, and then use your imagination. Is that blue square an open window? Brrr! It’s chilly outside. And is that a red triangle? No, it is a scary volcano. Perfect for bedtime or playtime, this fun and unique primer puts a new spin on a classic game, teaching colors, shapes, and creative play.

  • Black Is a Rainbow Color - A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on. Red is a rainbow color. Green sits next to blue. Yellow, orange, violet, indigo, They are rainbow colors, too, but My color is black . . . And there’s no BLACK in rainbows. From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall’s back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive. Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

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Summer Color!
Written by Diana Murray & illustrated by Zoe Persico
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A celebration of the wonder and colors of every child’s favorite season–summer! In this celebration of the outdoors, two rambunctious children take off on an adventure from their own backyard. In each new scene they discover the wondrous details–and beautiful colors–of nature. Even when a little summer rain threatens to dampen their grand adventure, the fun continues as woodland scenes come to life in a whole new way. Diana Murray’s spirited verse paired with Zoe Persico’s charming illustrations hits a wonderful balance of sophisticated and sweet, with details that young children will immediately relate to and layered verse that will enchant readers of all ages.

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Colorama: From Fuchsia to Midnight Blue
Written by Cruschiform
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

When is a blue dress not blue but navy, indigo, denim, or lapiz lazuli? With this fascinating and informative book in hand, young readers will be able to identify the colors that speak to them–and understand the reason there are so many subtle differences between shades. What is the color white? The serenity of a snowfall? The peace of a dove? The purity of alabaster? This original and captivating exploration of color delves into the nuances of the universal palette while also explaining the history behind some of the terms used to describe certain hues. Elegantly designed it offers two-page spreads for 133 different shades. Each full-page of brilliant color faces a charming explanatory illustration and text of technical, scientific, historic, etymological, or linguistic terms. Two helpful indices present the colors in the order in which they appear in the book and also sorts them thematically in categories such as “Birds,” “Cloth,” “Modes of Transport,” and “Formulas.” The book also offers inspiration and guidance to painters and illustrators. Young lovers of art can understand why artists chose a particular shade over another. As fun to peruse as it is informative, this unique, cleverly designed book offers a wealth of surprises about the colors around us.

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Sky Color
Written & illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The sky’s no limit as the author-illustrator of The Dot and Ish winds up his Creatrilogy with a whimsical tale about seeing the world a new way.

Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream. . . . From the award-winning Peter H. Reynolds comes a gentle, playful reminder that if we keep our hearts open and look beyond the expected, creative inspiration will come.

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Hooray for Birds!
Written & illustrated by Lucy Cousins
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

In an exuberant display of color, Lucy Cousins invites little ones to imagine themselves as brilliant birds.

Birds of all feathers flock together in a fun, rhyme-filled offering by the creator of Maisy. From the rooster’s “cock-a-doodle-doo” at dawn to the owl’s nighttime “tuwit, tuwoo,” the cheeps and tweets of many bright and beautiful avian friends will have children eager to join in as honorary fledglings. This day in the life of birds will hold the attention of even the smallest bird-watchers, whether at storytime or just before settling into their cozy nests to sleep.

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The Crayon Box That Talked
Written by Shane Derolf and Michael Letzig
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Although they are many different colors, the crayons in a box discover that when they get together they can appreciate each other and make a complete picture.

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  • See, Touch, Feel - There’s lots for baby to explore in See, Touch, Feel: A First Sensory Book. This sturdy board book, with bright photgraphs of happy babies, is specially designed to stimulate curiosity through sensory play. Each page has a colorful picture activity that invites baby to touch and explore. There are raised textures to feel, finger trails to follow, and a shiny mirror to look in to. Can they follow the swirl on the snail’s shell. Can they tap the drum? As your baby grows, See, Touch, Feel will help your child develop language recognition and motor skills, as they learn to interact with the book in new ways. With lots to explore together, See, Touch, Feel is an ideal first book to share with your baby.

  • Arctic White - When you live in the arctic in winter, everything is a shade of white. A young girl looks around her home in the arctic and sees only white, white, white . . . but one day her grandfather takes her out on a journey across the tundra. And at the end of their cold walk, the dark opens up to show the Northern Lights dancing across the sky–blue, green, and purple.

  • Green - Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.

  • Press Here - PRESS HERE, MIX IT UP!, LET’S PLAY! and now SAY ZOOP! Collect all four interactive books from Hervé Tullet! Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!

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Not Quite Black and White
Written by Jonathan Ying & illustrated by Victoria Ying
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is a delightfully spunky color book, with clever rhyming words and introducing one color per page on an otherwise black and white spread. It's fun to see many of these animals typically just drawn in black and white (... pandas, penguins, skunks, etc.) and a few others accented with a pop of color. Both the situations and the colors range from the ordinary to the fringe which keeps things interesting.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Silly animals star in this lively board book that introduces colors in a unique and catchy way. Have you ever seen a zebra wearing pink polka dots? Or a penguin with bright yellow boots? Brother and sister team Jonathan and Victoria Ying present these surprisingly colorful animals and more in this clever celebration of colors.

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Paper Peek: Colors
Written & illustrated by Chihiro Takeuchi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Intricate cut-paper artwork and clever die cuts yield an innovative search-and-find book that homes in on colors and counting.

Peek through a shaped opening to spy a beautifully patterned green leaf, a red apple, a white cloud. Then turn the page to discover a world of animals and objects, familiar and new, hidden within the patterns. Can you find two orange basketballs? Three pink flamingos? Five yellow butterflies? Simple, fresh, and satisfying, this stylish board book promises hours of engagement for young children.

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Color Blocked
Written by Ashley Sorenson & illustrated by David Miles
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
If books had families, this one would be a cousin to Hervé Tullet's "Press Here"—as you're instructed to shake, spin, etc. the book and then turn the page, the situation has evolved. It's a cute concept and has been applied to this new situation in a way that's clever and well-executed. It's a little lost on my toddler, but he still enjoys it, and I think it's great!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The color is blocked! Readers must rub, turn, and tap the pages to straighten out pipes, unplug corks, and keep the color flowing. But watch out–the color might run faster than you can keep up! Along the way, readers will learn primary colors, how mixing colors can make secondary colors, and why you should never, ever, put a turtle in charge.

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Are Your Stars Like My Stars?
Written by Leslie Helakoski & illustrated by Heidi Woodward Sheffield
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

“We look at the world every day. You and me. Do we see the same things? Do you see what I see?”

In beautiful, evocative rhyme, this lovely picture book helps children consider the colors of their everyday lives . . . and imagine how others around the world experience the very same things.

No matter where they live, all children gaze at the blue sky, bask in the warmth of the golden sun, dig in the rich dirt, and watch clouds grow soft and rosy at end of day. Through the eyes of one inquisitive and thoughtful young narrator, young readers explore the idea of perspective, and come to realize that all of us, everywhere, share the colors of the world. The gentle, poetic text and gorgeous collaged illustrations make this just right to say goodnight.

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Pantone: Colors
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This artful first colors book introduces children to 9 basic colors and 20 shades of each. Readers will immerse themselves in the concept that one color name actually refers to a variety of dark, light, and in-between tones. Young children will begin by simply naming the colors of the monochromatic images and will soon grow to select their favorite and least-favorite shades. Pantone: Colors is a visually pleasing way to expand the colors conversation and develop a child’s sense of visual discrimination. Praise for Pantone: Colors”It’s an evocative exploration of the nuances of color, in a polished, eye-catching package.”–Publishers Weekly “Your kiddos will be tickled pink by Pantone’s extraordinary primer with nine basic colors in twenty glorious shades each. It’s almost too hard to choose one favorite from the rainbow.”–Daily Candy “Beautifully designed from cover to cover.”–Booklist

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  • Hailstones and Halibut Bones - “Long-time readers of Hailstones and Halibut Bones who thought it was beyond improving are in for a treat. John Wallner’s brilliant colors have added new richness to Mary O’Neill’s wonderful word palette.” – Jim Trelease, Reading Tree Productions.”Originally published in 1961, this book of poetry has become a classic in the field of children’s literature… For each color, there is the sound, the feel, the taste, the smell, and the relationship of that color to another.” – Ohioana Quarterly.A Child Study Children’s Book Committee: Children’s Book of the Year.

  • Purple, Green and Yellow - Another laugh-out-loud book from the author of The Paper Bag Princess! Brigid really, really loves markers. She convinces her mom to buy a new set of five hundred washable coloring markers, then five hundred coloring markers that smell, then five super-indelible-never-come-off-till-you’re-dead-and-maybe-even-later coloring markers. Which markers do you think she uses when she colors on herself? A newly designed Classic Munsch picture book introduces this tale of exuberant artistry to a young generation of readers.

  • Elmer - “McKee’s gentle humor and love of irony are in full force in this celebration of individuality and laughter.” —Publishers Weekly This padded board book has a soft, padded cover and rounded edges, perfect to share with the smallest readers. Elmer the elephant is bright-colored patchwork all over. No wonder the other elephants laugh at him! If he were ordinary elephant color, the others might stop laughing. That would make Elmer feel better, wouldn’t it? David McKee’s comical fable about everyone’s favorite patchwork elephant teaches readers to be themselves and celebrates the power of laughter.

  • Orange Pear Apple Bear - Destined to become a contemporary classic, this book has spare text and sweet illustrations but contains only five words: apple, pear, orange, bear–and there. Emily Gravett creates clever variations on this theme by rearranging the words–on one spread, a brown bear juggles an orange, apple, and pear; on another spread, there is an orange-colored apple and a pear-shaped bear. Simple and compelling, children will enjoy reading this book over and over again as they learn many different concepts.

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The Night Dragon
Written & illustrated by Naomi Howarth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

“I wish I could fly, and breathe fire, and fill the sky with great grey, sooty clouds,” Maud said to her friend, Mouse. Maud is picked on by the other dragons, so stays cooped up in her cave, sad and lonely. But when the chance comes, will her friend Mouse help her pluck up the courage to fly? A beautiful picture book about individuality and friendship from Naomi Howarth, whose first book The Crow’s Tale was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

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The Extraordinary Colors of Auden Dare
Written & illustrated by Zillah Bethell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Auden Dare is color blind and lives in a world where water is scarce and families must live on a weekly, allocated supply.When Auden’s uncle, the scientist Dr. Bloom, suddenly dies,he leaves a note to Auden and to his classmate Vivi Rookmini. Together, the notes lead them to Paragon—a robot. As Auden, Vivi, and Paragon try to uncover Paragon’spurpose and put together the clues Dr. Bloom left behind,they find out that Dr. Bloom’s death was anything butinnocent, that powerful people are searching for Paragon—and that it’s up to Auden and Vivi to stop them.

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Mouse Paint
Written & illustrated by Ellen Stoll Walsh
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Mouse Paint is a lighthearted introduction to color concepts for young children. Three white mice find three jars of paint - red, blue, and yellow. They jump in and out, dance in the puddles, and discover some amazing things - things like green…and orange…and purple Yet they never forget about the cat.

Ellen Stoll Walsh’s mice are enchanting. Their antics will delight children learning colors - and their parents as well.

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