Colors of Childhood: Books About Colors

There are some wonderful books about colors for kids: old, new, big, little, imaginative stories, real nature ones, and more. The hard part is choosing!

Brown-Bear-Brown-BearOne of the well-loved and well-used books about colors is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. This book is a favorite one in many preschools, kindergartens, and grade one classrooms as well as homes. Kids love finding a familiar book at school that they have at home. It’s like connecting with an old friend. After reading it to kids many times, they remember the words and will enjoy ‘reading’ it to themselves and others.

a color of his ownAnother color book¬† is A Color of His Own By Leo Lionni. Beautiful illustrations help tell the story of a sad chameleon who doesn’t have his own particular color. He shares his feelings with another chameleon who has an friendly idea.

living color steve jenkinsLiving Color by Steve Jenkins has lots of information about animal colors. There are several animals for each color on a page with a paragraph of information for each, so this is a book for older kids. He explains why animals need and use colors.

spots favorite colorsSpot’s Favorite Colors¬† by Eric Hill doesn’t tell a story. It’s lots of pictures of everyday items with the word beside. Fingers of kids and adults can point to an item and voices can say the words. You can also ask kids to find specific ones on each color page.

many colored days dr. seussIn My Many Colored Days, Dr. Seuss writes about colors and how they can be part of our moods and feelings. He has other books about colors too like Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

pete the cat white shoesThese are only 5 color books, but there are many other great ones. I have days when my clothes are like the shoes in Eric Litwin’s Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes. Do you and your child have some favorite books about colors?

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