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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.

Top 10 Books About Colors

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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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Blue Chameleon
Written & illustrated by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
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.
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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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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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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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Color Wonder 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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Color Our World
Written by Disney Book Group & illustrated by Disney Storybook Art Team
Thoughts from 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!
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
From lavender fields in France, to the blue waters of the Philippines, colors are all around. This adorable board book features sturdy pull-out pages that extend the image with extra, colorful content. Plus with all-new artwork, the vibrant images are an eye-catching delight for young readers.
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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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Green
Written & illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.
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See, Touch, Feel
Written & illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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.
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Books About Colors and Art

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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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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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The Day the Crayons Came Home
Written by Drew Daywalt & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
I’m not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan’s stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box. Look for a special glow-in-the-dark picture [Note: make sure to “charge” it under a light first].
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Colors book
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The Crayons' Book of Colors book
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Vivid book
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Pinwheel book
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  1. Colors - The Book Snob Mom -

    This is a nice, basic colors book that showcases simplistic, color blocked renditions of a wonderful range of things (from blue policeman's coats to brown snails and puppy dog tails.)

  2. The Crayons' Book of Colors - The crayons are back and brighter than ever in this board book of colors from the creators of the #1 New York Times Best Sellers, The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home. It’s Duncan’s birthday, and all the crayons want to make him a card! With their fun and quirky illustrations of firetrucks, dragons, and (dare we say?) wheat, these creative crayons each have something different to contribute. When they come together, they can make something truly spectacular to celebrate Duncan’s birthday! From the creative minds behind the The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, comes a fun board book introducing young readers to colors.

  3. Vivid - Playful poems and facts celebrate the colors of the rainbow in this beautiful picture book. With information about the science of sight and perception, pigment origins in art and textiles, colloquial expressions and word associations, there’s so much to see in each vivid spread. Full color.

  4. Pinwheel - 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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Books About Colors and Diversity

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Color Our World
Written by Disney Book Group & illustrated by Disney Storybook Art Team
Thoughts from 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!
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
From lavender fields in France, to the blue waters of the Philippines, colors are all around. This adorable board book features sturdy pull-out pages that extend the image with extra, colorful content. Plus with all-new artwork, the vibrant images are an eye-catching delight for young readers.
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Not Quite Black and White Board Book
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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The Colors of History
Written & illustrated by Clive Gifford
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Why did Roman emperors wear purple? Which colour is made from crushed beetles? What green pigment might be used to build super-fast computers of the future? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this vibrant exploration of the stories behind different colours, and the roles they've played throughout history. From black to white, and all the colours in between, every shade has a story to tell. Each colour group is introduced with a stunning and interpretive double-page spread illustration, followed by illustrated entries exploring the ‘colourful’ history of particular shades. With vivid, thought-provoking illustrations and engaging bite-sized text, this book is a feast for the eyes and the mind, ready to enthral budding artists and historians alike.
Honorable Mentions
Mixed: A Colorful Story book
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What's Your Favorite Color? book
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The Crayon Box That Talked book
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Our Rainbow book
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  1. Mixed: A Colorful Story - Each believing that their hue is the best, the three primary colors live in separate parts of the city until Yellow and Blue meet, fall in love, and decide to mix.

  2. What's Your Favorite Color? - In this board book, Eric Carle and fourteen other best-loved picture book artists answer the classic kid question: what’s your favorite color? Everybody has a favorite color. Some like blue balloons or brown buildings or mint green ice cream cones. Eric Carle loves a yellow sun because children often include one in the corner of their pictures. Beautiful, funny, and heartfelt, these artists’ charmingly personal answers to “what’s your favorite color?” will inspire readers to answer the question themselves. Artists include: Lauren Castillo, Bryan Collier, Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, Anna Dewdney, Rafael Lopez, William Low, Marc Martin, Jill McElmurry, Yuyi Morales, Frann Preston-Gannon, Uri Shulevitz, Philip C. Stead, Melissa Sweet Godwin Books

  3. The Crayon Box That Talked - 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.

  4. Our Rainbow - In this beautiful, bold board book, children will learn about the colors of the iconic pride flag! Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and brown . . . These are the colors of our rainbow flag. Do you know what they stand for? Every young child is enchanted by the beautiful colors of the rainbow. Now, Our Rainbow can teach toddlers all about the meaning of each color of the pride flag. Told in simple, engaging text and paired with bright illustrations, this board book teaches the youngest of readers all about the colors of this rainbow and the simple acts of kindness that can brighten up our world! This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance.

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Books About Colors and Imagination

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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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I Spy with My Little Eye
Written & illustrated by Paula Vasquez
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
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.
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
There’s more to the story than just lions, tigers, and bears – there are also so many colors to explore! From the wicked witch and her evil black dress, to the good witch Glinda and her bright pink socks, you’ll find all of the familiar characters of Oz decked out in brilliant technicolor!
Honorable Mentions
The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse book
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It's an Orange Aardvark! book
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Splat! book
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Pirate Nap book
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  1. The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse - Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world as he sees it, just like a child. There’s a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. More than anything, there’s imagination. Filled with some of the most magnificently colorful animals of Eric Carle’s career, this tribute to the creative life celebrates the power of art.

  2. It's an Orange Aardvark! - Acclaimed New York Times-bestselling picture book creator Michael Hall delivers a funny and suspenseful story about colors, ants, aardvarks, and rainbows that will appeal to Lois Ehlert fans and fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. Another winner from the author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale! Five carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. What is it? One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking outside the stump, just waiting to eat them. One ant makes a hole in the stump to see. Orange light floods the stump—it’s not an aardvark, proclaims the ant chorus. It’s orange! So what is lurking outside the stump? This very funny picture book features die-cut holes on almost every page, suspenseful page turns, a wonderful surprise ending, and an introduction to a rainbow of colors. It’s an Orange Aardvark! is a tour de force for Michael Hall, the acclaimed and bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale.

  3. Splat! - For fans of The Book with No Pictures and Press Here, this hilarious interactive picture book lets kids in on the joke. “A brilliantly playful book that experiments with the physical boundaries of the book as an object, encouraging interaction and imagination.” —Oliver Jeffers, bestselling illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit See what happens when flipping the page of this gleeful picture book gets you—SPLAT!—a pie in the face, followed by—SQUISH!—an insect sandwich, and—SPLASH!—a deluge of water balloons. Bright colors and appealing visual gags add up to a perfect mess—no cleanup necessary.

  4. Pirate Nap - 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.

Books About Colors and Culture

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Festival of Colors
Written by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal & illustrated by Vashti Harrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8
Youngsters can learn all about Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, in this lush picture book from a "New York Times"-bestselling mother-and-son duo. Full color.
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Zapata: Colors - Colores (Bilingual: English / Spanish)
Written by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein & illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
"Inspired by Emiliano Zapata, a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, this book will introduce your little ones to their first English and Spanish words"--page [4] of cover.
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Holi Colors
Written by Rina Singh
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Experience Holi with every color of the rainbow! This Hindu celebration known as the festival of colors and the festival of love signifies the end of winter, the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil. A time to laugh, play, visit friends and get messy! Little ones will love exploring the colors of Holi through the vibrant photographs and Singh's playful rhymes in this brilliant concept book.
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Summertime Rainbow book
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Black Is a Rainbow Color book
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Are Your Stars Like My Stars? book
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Southwest Sunrise book
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  1. Summertime Rainbow - In English and Mandarin Chinese, Belle Yang’s bilingual board books celebrate the natural world with simple concepts and beautiful, bold illustrations. It’s summer, and the meadow is in full bloom. As some bunnies hop along, they see blue sky, white clouds, and yummy green grass. How many more colors can be found? Look for an explanation of tonal marks at the end of the story, along with pinyin translation of the Chinese characters.

  2. 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.

  3. Are Your Stars Like My Stars? - “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.

  4. Southwest Sunrise - From Children’s Literature Legacy Award winner Nikki Grimes and highly-acclaimed illustrator Wendell Minor comes a stunning picture book about the beauty of the natural world and finding a new place to call home. The beauty of the natural world is just waiting to be discovered . . . When Jayden touches down in New Mexico, he’s uncertain how this place could ever be home. But if he takes a walk outside, he just might find something glorious. Flowers in bright shades . . .
    Birds and lizards and turtles, all with a story to tell . . .
    Red rock pillars towering in the distance . . .
    Turquoise sky as far as the eye can see . . .
    Perhaps this place could be home after all. Gorgeously poetic and visually stunning, this story from acclaimed creators Nikki Grimes and Wendell Minor celebrates the beauty of the Southwest as a young boy sees it for the very first time. Acclaim for One Last Word
    A Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Winner
    A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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Books About Colors and Friendship

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Blue Chameleon
Written & illustrated by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
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.
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Bear Sees Colors
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jane Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Explore colors with Bear in the first of a new concept picture book series from the New York Times bestselling creators of Bear Snores On. Colors, colors everywhere! Can you find colors just like Bear? Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s adorable illustrations creatively introduce colors to the youngest Bear fans, who will delight in discovering a rainbow of fun.
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Elmer
Written & illustrated by David McKee
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
"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.
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Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors book
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Egg book
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The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh book
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How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow book
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  1. Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors - An ensemble of friendly fruit characters sing about their diversity of colors, shapes, and sizes. This title gives children the opportunity to explore early-learning concepts and offers families the chance to discuss ideas like unity and diversity. Includes sheet music and online link to the song’s recording.

  2. Egg - Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship, by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author Kevin Henkes. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift, but also a classic read-alone and read-aloud that will appeal all year long. This masterful and stylistically original picture book introduces young children to four eggs. One is blue, one is pink, one is yellow, and one is green. Three of the eggs hatch, revealing three baby birds who fly away. But the green egg does not hatch. Why not? When the three birds return to investigate, they’re in for a big surprise! What will happen next? With a compelling mix of comic-like panels, wordless pages and spreads, and a short text featuring word repetition, surprise, and suspense, Egg is an ideal book for emergent readers, as well as for sharing in a group. Egg is sure to inspire creativity and storytelling in preschoolers, as they anticipate the page turns and determine their own endings! Kevin Henkes is the bestselling author of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Waiting, and Kitten’s First Full Moon, among many other beloved titles.

  3. The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh - Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from happy sunny yellow to courageous red. He especially takes care with his patka—his turban—making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet’s mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, everything just feels gray. Can he find a way to make life bright again?

  4. How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow - The Sun and the Clouds are best friends. Together they keep the world warm, the gardens growing, and the sky full of beautiful rainbows. But one day they get into a fight and refuse to be in the sky together. And that means there are no longer any rainbows. Without rainbows, the colors start disappearing until Earth was left with no color … except for one little forgotten box of crayons in one little school desk. Determined to save the rainbows and fix the Sun and Clouds’ friendship, the crayons draw rainbows all over town. Their attempts go unnoticed. Soon they realize that they’re going to have to do something big to get the attention of the former friends. So, the crayons create the biggest rainbow they can and hope it’s enough to bring color back to the world. How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow teaches the importance of teamwork and perseverance through seven crayons with unique personalities and their desire to see the world in color. Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Books About Colors and Birds

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Redbird: Colors, Colors, Everywhere!
Written & illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
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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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How the Finch Got His Colors
Written by Annemarie Guertin & illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Many years ago, before the world bloomed in magnificent colors, the Earth lay stark and gray. The animals that graced its skies and roamed its lands were the colors of dirt, clay, and stone . . . . . . until Rainbow descended to bestow her colors on the creatures of the world. Each bird asked for a bright and beautiful color: green for Parrot, red for Cardinal, and yellow for Canary. But will there be any colors left for little Gouldian Finch? He soon learns the power of patience and the beauty of all creatures. Based on a Belgian folktale, this beautifully told and illustrated tale is a timeless treasure for every collection.
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Birds of a Color
Written & illustrated by Elo
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Brightly hued secrets burst forth from a flock of black-and-white birds in this lift-the-flap look at colors. Birds with black-and-white plumage fill the pages of this interactive board book, but a closer look reveals splashes of color just waiting to be discovered. Each clever spread holds a vivid surprise, helping little ones learn their colors in style.
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Hooray for Birds! book
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Wow! Said the Owl: A Book About Colors book
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Pirate Jack Gets Dressed book
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The Birds of Bethlehem book
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  1. Hooray for Birds! - 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.

  2. Wow! Said the Owl: A Book About Colors - Here’s the story of a curious little owl determined to see what the world looks like during the day. And what does she discover? A wow-worthy symphony of colors―from red butterflies to orange flowers, from white clouds to green leaves. This boisterous and bright book is the perfect read-aloud to savor with curious little owls everywhere who are exploring the world of colors for the first time.

  3. Pirate Jack Gets Dressed - Ahoy, matey! Join jaunty pirate Captain Jack as he uses every color of the rainbow to pick out his outfit in this bright and bold read-aloud. It’s the crack o’ dawn, and dapper Pirate Jack is ready t’ get dressed for a day out on the high seas with his motley crew. He’ll need every color of the rainbow to make his outfit complete—from his itchy gray long johns and his toasty pink socks to his bright red sash and his cozy purple coat. And he won’t be forgettin’ his black eye patch and trusty brown peg leg, either! But just as he’s about to step outside, he realizes he’s still missing one color: green! Thank goodness a certain feathered friend is ready to jump from her swing and onto his shoulder to complete his colorful look. Squawk!

  4. The Birds of Bethlehem - A perfect first Christmas book This inventive and fresh Nativity story is told from a bird’s-eye view. On the morning of the first Christmas, the birds of Bethlehem gather in the fields–not only to eat but to share the exciting news. People from all over have descended on Bethlehem and an angel has appeared in the night sky. Something extraordinary is coming! The birds agree that they must find this wondrous thing, and off they fly to the stable where a child has been born. In simple language and dazzling pictures, beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola shares the awe and anticipation of the first Christmas. His cast of brightly colored, curious birds will appeal to young children, making this a perfect introduction to the story of Christmas.

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Books About Colors and The Five Senses

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See, Touch, Feel
Written & illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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.
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Blue on Blue
Written by Dianne White & illustrated by Beth Krommes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and quieting of a storm.
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All the Colors I See
Written & illustrated by Allegra Agliardi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Would you like to come on an exciting, colorful journey with me? From the soft green grass to the glistening sapphire, to the juicy yellow pear and the fallen crimson leaves, this captivating and inventive book guides children through the different shades of every color. Sweet, lyrical text and engaging illustrations--along with lots of fun die-cuts--add to the magic of the book. Children learn that through simple observation they can see colors that are bright, dull, bold, sour, cold, deep, loud, or have many other qualities.
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Hooray for Fish! book
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The Black Book of Colors book
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White Noise: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages book
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  1. Hooray for Fish! - Little Fish has all sorts of fishy friends in his underwater home, but loves one of them most of all.

  2. The Black Book of Colors - Living with the use of one’s eyes can make imagining blindness difficult, but this innovative title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers. This extraordinary title gives young readers the ability to experience the world in a new way.

  3. White Noise: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages - First came One Red Dot, next Blue 2, 600 Black Spots, Yellow Square, and finally White Noise, the fifth installment of David A. Carter’s acclaimed color series! Modern and elegant paper engineering and text are certain to awe children of all ages. Paper-over-board book has 9 spreads of pop-ups. Book is packaged in a resealable polybag with a sell sheet

Books About Colors and Transportation

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Dump Truck's Colors
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker & illustrated by Ethan Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Join Dump Truck on his colorfully busy day at the construction site! Little construction fans will love the colors that fill the world of the bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, from the BLUE sky in the morning to the WHITE moon at night!
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Color Train
Written & illustrated by David Miles
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
All aboard the Color Train! This adorable two-in-one board book featuring 18 world famous artists unfolds into a 56" train bursting with color and art.
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New York
Written & illustrated by Ashley Evanson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Introducing Hello, World, an exciting new book series that pairs early learning concepts with colorful, stylish illustrations of cities around the world. In New York City, you can visit the green Statue of Liberty, hail a yellow taxi, and see blue lights in Times Square. Explore colors all over New York City in this gorgeous board book!
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Picture Fit Board Books: A Traffic Jam of Trucks book
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Cars and Trucks on the Road book
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  1. Picture Fit Board Books: A Traffic Jam of Trucks - There are trucks and tractors, cars and buses rumbling through this lively and engaging colors book. Little learners will discover a rainbow of colors from red to blue and yellow and green in the brightly colored things that are splashed across the book pages. On the turn of every page, they’ll be excited to find raised vehicle shapes to touch, feel, and explore, that neatly tuck into the shaped spaces on the opposite page. Offering a tactile and visual experience that your child will want to repeat time and time again, A Traffic Jam of Trucks is just right for little hands!

  2. Cars and Trucks on the Road - This charming and witty “can-you-find-it” large-format board book follows one purple car from road to road while a succession of other vehicles joins it. Each spread also features a certain number of hidden items for children to find. Will kids be able to find the 10 bluebirds alongside the lone purple car? What about the two black limousines and nine potted plants? It all culminates in the final gatefold spread, which reveals a tremendous traffic jam with every car from the previous spreads! Children will spend hours poring over this book as they search for their favorite vehicles and reoccurring characters on every page. They’ll also find mini-stories within the main story (will the giraffe bike messenger find his lost wallet?), and several hidden items on every page. Numbers and colors are clearly indicated on each spread, and although certainly busy, each spread is carefully designed to provide just the right amount of challenge to young children.

  3. Yellow Copter - When a teacher gets stuck at the top of the Ferris wheel at the fair, cranes and planes can’t reach her. The only one who might have a chance is Yellow Copter! With a rollicking rhyme and candy-colored illustrations, this is the perfect read-aloud for any fan of machines that are big, make loud noises, or fly—or all three at once.

  4. All Aboard! the Airport Train - Hop on board to explore the airport in this accordion-style book with flaps to lift on every page All aboard! This accordion-style book folds out car by car, taking readers on a tour of an airport train—inside and out. Readers are asked to help a girl bound for summer camp find her missing plane ticket, and as they search, they are introduced to all the passengers on the train. There are vacationing penguins, glamorous movie stars, traveling musicians, and other silly surprises sure to delight on every read. When readers flip the book over, they’ll discover a panoramic view of the airport—the control tower, runways, and parking lots—dotted with objects for readers to find and count. A fun, interactive ride from beginning to end!

Books About Colors and Seasons

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Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!
Written by Chiêu Anh Urban
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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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Walk and See: Colors
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
This elegant board book takes very young readers on a journey to explore the colors of the rainbow. The talented Rosalind Beardshaw's beautiful illustrations and visual storytelling follow two children on a summer walk through the countryside, bringing a narrative feel to this simple book for very young readers. The third in a series of seasonal concept books, this is a board book to visit again and again.
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Summer Song
Written by Kevin Henkes & illustrated by Laura Dronzek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
<p> <strong>From Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and acclaimed painter Laura Dronzek, the bestselling and award-winning creators of <em>Winter Is Here</em>, <em>When Spring Comes</em>, and <em>In the Middle of Fall</em>, this picture book about summer celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. </strong></p> <p>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.</p><p>This is an engaging seasonal companion to the bestselling <em>When Spring Comes, In the Middle of Fall</em>, and <em>Winter Is Here, </em>Ideal for introducing the season, for story time, and for bedtime reading.</p>
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Sometimes Rain book
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Color Wonder Winter Is Here! book
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  1. Sometimes Rain - Celebrate the four seasons of the year and all of the fun that comes with them with this lyrical, rhyming picture book from the author of I Heart You. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, sometimes the sun shines, and sometimes the trees change color. But no matter what the seasons bring, there is lots of fun to be had! This lyrical exploration of the four seasons and all of the wonder that they bring is illustrated with vibrant watercolors.

  2. Color Wonder Winter Is Here! - Celebrate the cool colors of winter with this hands-on color-play novelty board book with color transforming turn-wheels! Join award-winning artist Chiêu Anh Urban in this inventively visual experience that allows readers to mix and match the colors of a winter wonderland right before their eyes. Turn the wheels to create and change the colors of winter in this deceptively simple and thoughtfully layered novelty book that teaches the joy and wonder of color mixing.

  3. Full of Fall - Discover the magic—and the science—behind fall leaves with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow. With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre explores the transformation trees undergo in fall. The book takes readers through the leaves’ initial change from green to red, yellow, and orange, the shedding of the leaves, and the leaves crumbling as winter approaches. Extensive back matter explains the science behind this process to the youngest of budding scientists.

  4. Spring in the Woods - Join the fun of finding and counting all the animals, flowers, and insects, as more and more appear on a lively walk through the woods during the springtime. Packed with repetition that young children love and that also helps them learn, this is an entertaining introduction to colors, numbers, and the seasons.

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Books About Colors and Spanish

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A Paintbrush for Paco
Written by Tracey Kyle & illustrated by Joshua Heinsz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Meet a little boy named Paco who loves to draw but can't seem to concentrate during school in this picture book that's sprinkled with Spanish words! Paco gazed out at the late-morning sun. He wondered why recess had not yet begun. He wanted to go to el campo and play, and act like a matador shouting "¡Olé!" Paco loves daydreaming and drawing, but he struggles to concentrate during class. When his profesor takes him to the art room, Paco is amazed by the colorful paints: pink, rosado; purple, morado; fiery orange, anaranjado; and more! Could art be just what Paco needs? Complete with an author's note and glossary of Spanish words, this story is a great introduction to Spanish with a strong message about the power of art!
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Colors (Colores)
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Learn English and Spanish words with Eric Carle! Parents are increasingly aware of the benefits of teaching children multiple languages, and the earlier the better! This ingeniously simple board book uses Eric Carle?s vibrant artwork to teach simple words?slide the panel to reveal the name of each color in English or in Spanish. It combines the effectiveness of flashcards with the interactivity of a novelty book!
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Green-Verde
Written by Meritxell Marti & illustrated by Xavier Salomó
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Did you know that colors can tell stories? The illustrations in this charming board book introduce your brilliant baby to all kinds of things that are green, including yummy spinach, a frog jumping on a water lily, and a tortoise drinking green tea. An intrepid caterpillar begins this fun story that leads in surprising directions, all colored with relaxing and harmonious shades of green. Part of the Colors series. Illustrator Xavier Salomó was born in Barcelona. He studied illustration, drawing, and printing at the Massana School of Barcelona and art history at the University of Barcelona. He's worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for various advertising agencies and publishers. In 2006, he won the Junceda Prize for his book The Sounds of . . . Meritxell Martí was also born in Barcelona, and is a writer and professor of humanities at the Open University of Catalonia.
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Yellow-Amarillo book
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Green Is a Chile Pepper book
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  1. Yellow-Amarillo - Did you know that colors can tell stories? The illustrations in this clever board book introduce your brilliant baby to all kinds of things that are yellow, including tall giraffes and tiny ducklings, pyramids and temples, a straw hat and a vase of sunflowers. This fun story begins on the African savanna and leads in surprising directions, all in fresh and happy shades of yellow. Part of the Colors series.

  2. Green Is a Chile Pepper - Green is a chile pepper, spicy and hot. Green is cilantro inside our pot. In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child’s day!

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Books About Colors and Counting And Numbers

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Colors Lift & Learn
Written & illustrated by Walter Foster Jr. Creative Team
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Introduce preschool children to basic concepts like color identification with Colors Lift & Learn, a bold, colorful, new lap book. What things are red? What things are blue? Little hands will love to lift the flaps and discover what’s under each color in this engaging, interactive introduction to the concept of colors. This large-format lap board book is perfect for sharing and reading aloud, with big, bold illustrations and fun flaps that encourage kids to peek and play with each and every page. The Lap Board Concepts series from Walter Foster Jr. is the perfect way to introduce toddlers to the early concepts of reading, counting, and problem solving. With a colorful, contemporary style, this traditional lift-the-flap learning book will help preschool children learn shapes, numbers, and colors in an entertaining, exciting new way. Bold, colorful illustrations entice young readers (and listeners!) to flip through the pages again and again, each time with a new understanding of each shape, color, or number. A thoughtful gift for preschoolers that can be kept, handed down, and treasured for many years to come.
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Butterfly Colors and Counting
Written by Jerry Pallotta & illustrated by Shennen Bersani and Jerry Pallotta
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Ten species of butterflies from around the world are depicted to invite young readers to practice recognizing colors and counting from one to ten.
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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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One book
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I Can Only Draw Worms book
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Clever Colors Photo Book: 700 Things To Learn book
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This Little Pup book
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  1. One - Introduces young readers to numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors by offering the story of ill-tempered Red who got too powerful for his own good and had to be brought down to size by One—a single entity with the courage to stand up for what was right.

  2. I Can Only Draw Worms - A hilarious picture book in Day-Glo colors all about worms that is perfect for fans of The Book With No Pictures and The Day the Crayons Quit. This is part counting book, part introduction to worms, but all superbly silly. The fact that the author/illustrator can only draw worms will not take anything away from the laugh-out-loud adventure readers will have as they turn the pages of this slightly subversive picture book.

  3. Clever Colors Photo Book: 700 Things To Learn - This over-sized Search & Find padded board book is a great educational tool that teaches children colors. More than 700 real-life images throughout the book feature various cars, toys, shapes, animals, and birds. Children easily recognize the images as part of the daily world. Each spread shows everyday objects of the same color and shape that helps children quickly grasp these basic concepts. Photo books are incredibly popular for the intended audience as is the big format, thick board pages with rounded corners, and padded cover - a great gift for preschoolers!

  4. This Little Pup - A boy throws a ball for the puppy to fetch. It bounces past two brown cows, three green frogs, four pink pigs, and keeps right on going around the farm, taking the reader with it, all the way back to where it started. A circuitous romp with cumulative text and beautifully rendered illustrations, introducing animals, counting, and colors.

Books About Colors and Alphabet (abcs)

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ABC Color
Written & illustrated by Ingela Peterson Arrhenius
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
ABC Color combines learning the alphabet with colors for an educational and fun board book for young children. Each page of this beautifully illustrated book features a different letter and little-known color, so children can learn about both topics at one time! Parents will love spending time with their kids as they learn, and kids will learn the fundamentals of letters and colors. Makes a gorgeous keepsake as children grow!
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My Book of Yellow
Written & illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Introduce little ones to all sorts of yellow objects in their world with this new concept board book! In My Book of Yellow, little ones will be introduced to all sorts of different yellow objects that they can encounter in their world, such as stars, bananas, lions, sunflowers, and more! The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly objects, and kids will be invited to identify other yellow objects on the last spread!
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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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My Book of Green book
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Animal Homes book
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Sylvia Long's Big Book for Small Children book
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Animal Patterns book
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  1. My Book of Green - Introduce little ones to all sorts of green objects in their world with this new concept board book! In My Book of Green, little ones will be introduced to all sorts of different green objects that they can encounter in their world, such as frogs, peapods, four-leaf clovers, caterpillars, and more! The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly objects, and kids will be invited to identify other green objects on the last spread!

  2. Animal Homes - Introduce little ones to all sorts of different homes for animals! In Animal Homes, little ones will be asked which homes belong to which animals. The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly animals such as cats, fish, dogs, birds, and more, rendered in soft colors that make this an even more enjoyable experience for babies. Each page includes an embossed animal home, creating a tactile experience for tiny hands. And on the last spread, all the animals appear with their correct homes!

  3. Sylvia Long's Big Book for Small Children - Sylvia Long has been creating bestselling children’s books for more than 25 years. Her edition of Mother Goose rhymes is a modern classic, and Sylvia Long’s Big Book for Small Children, her latest compendium, is destined to become another nursery staple. From beloved stories like “The Three Little Pigs” and important early childhood concepts (colors, counting, ABCs) to her own family’s favorite recipes and lullabies, this warm, joyous, and comprehensive collection is the perfect start to every child’s library.

  4. Animal Patterns - Introduce little ones to all sorts of different patterns seen on animals! In Animal Patterns, little ones will be asked which patterns belong to which animals. The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly animals, such as giraffes, zebras, tortoises, leopards, and more, rendered in a soft colors that make this an even more enjoyable experience for babies. Each page includes embossed animal patterns, creating a tactile experience for tiny hands. And on the last spread, all the animals appear with their correct patterns!

Books About Colors and Size And Shape

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One Yellow Ribbon
Written by & illustrated by Marthe Jocelyn
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
A wordless board book that follows the journey of one yellow ribbon as it transforms into many other objects.
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Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings
Written & illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
This charming introduction to colors, shapes, and animals has been delighting children all over the world for ten years! There is a surprise on every peek-a-boo page, where textured shapes magically turn into colorful creatures perfect for toddler’s touching.
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My Shape is Sam
Written by Amanda Jackson & illustrated by Lydia Nichols
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Circles were smooth and round. Good at rolling, spinning, and pushing. They all turned together to make things go. Squares were sturdy and even. Good at stacking, steadying, and measuring. They all fit together to make things stay. In a world where everybody is a shape and every shape has a specific job, Sam is a square who longs for softer corners, rounder edges, and the ability to roll like a circle. But everyone knows that squares don’t roll, they stack. At least that’s what everyone thinks until the day Sam takes a tumble and discovers something wonderful. He doesn’t have to be what others want or expect him to be. With playful imagery, this story considers identity and nonconformity through the eyes of Sam, a square struggling to find his true place in the world.
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Play with Paint! book
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One Patch of Blue book
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Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eat book
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Color Zoo Board Book book
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  1. Play with Paint! - When it comes to painting, there are so many possibilities! Mix colors, swish your brush around, and see what sorts of marks you can make with just your hand and a bit of paint in this adorable board book! Creative play meets self-expression in this board book perfect for budding-artist babies!

  2. One Patch of Blue - A wordless board book that follows the journey of one patch of denim as it escapes from a pair of pants and transforms into many other objects.

  3. Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eat - “A unique and eye-catching concepts board book featuring brightly colored varieties of fruits and vegetables that’s perfect for teaching little ones to identify colors (and good foods to eat).” - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor With a combination of unusual foods and a kaleidoscope of colors, this concept book shows that not all foods have to look the same way. A banana can be red, broccoli can be purple, and cherries can be yellow and still taste just as delicious.

  4. Color Zoo Board Book - Nine animals, nine shapes, and sixteen shades of color’everyone can have fun discovering them all by turning Color Zoo’s full-color pages and watching a lion turn into a goat, an ox into a monkey, a tiger into a mouse. . . . 1990 Caldecott Honor Book Notable Children’s Books of 1989 (ALA) 1990 Fanfare Honor List (H)

Books About Colors and Food

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Who Eats Orange?
Written by Dianne White & illustrated by Robin Page
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8
Animals eat a rainbow of different foods. Gorillas in the mountains eat green, octopi in the ocean eat red, and toucans in the canopy eat purple. Young animal enthusiasts will love digging into this lively journey around the world to explore the colorful diets of many animals, from the familiar to the exotic.
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Indestructibles: Baby, Let's Eat!
Written by Amy Pixton & illustrated by Stephan Lomp
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Books babies can really sink their gums into! INDESTRUCTIBLES are built for the way babies "read": with their hands and mouths. INDESTRUCTIBLES won't rip or tear and are 100% washable. They're made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend. What green vegetable looks like a tree? Broccoli! Can you find a fruit that's small and yellow? Lemon! Can you pick out two berries so red and sweet? Raspberry and strawberry! Explore a rainbow of delicious foods in a book that's INDESTRUCTIBLE.
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Peanut Butter's Delicious Colors
Written & illustrated by Terry Border
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
What better way to learn colors than from food! Blue carrots? Purple eggs? Kids will laugh out loud at this new offering from the creator of Peanut Butter & Cupcake. Milk wants to give bows to all of her friends, and she wants them to match! She gives Carrot a blue bow, but that’s not right—Carrot is orange! She gives Lime a yellow bow, but that’s not right either—Lime is green! And when it comes to sprinkle-covered Cupcake, what is Milk supposed to do? She knows—Cupcake gets a Rainbow bow! In this latest addition to Terry Border’s fun, funny, and punny concept board books, colors get their time to shine.
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Nom Nom: Colors book
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  1. Nom Nom: Colors - Nom Nom Colors gives young minds food for thought— literally! Kids who love Shopkins and Num Noms will enjoy learning their colors with the help and encouragement of adorable ice cream characters found throughout. Even the book feels like food packaging with an acetate window on the front cover hinting at the delicious contents inside. It’s food. It’s education. It’s cute. It’s Nom Nom Knowledge!

  2. Chomp Goes the Alligator - From #1 New York Times bestselling novelty book creator Matt Van Fleet comes an irresistible picture book about a very hungry alligator who likes to chomp, chomp, chomp, which will delight readers as they learn animal names, colors, and counting. Along came the alligator, chomp, chomp, chomp! From the internationally bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet comes the story of a hungry little alligator who gulps his way from one to ten. Ten touchable textures, a sturdy chomping pull tab, and a grand finale pop-up are sure to engage the youngest readers.

  3. Pinkalicious - This sparkling New York Times bestselling picture book from Victoria and Elizabeth Kann celebrates all things pink while showing readers that being yourself is the best of all. This 10th anniversary edition of Pinkalicious features a special sticker and a glittery jacket just for the occasion. Pinkalicious loves all things pink. From fairy dresses to cotton candy to bubblegum. Most importantly she loves eating pink cupcakes. Mommy and Daddy warn her not to eat too many, but Pinkalicious can’t help herself. They’re just too good! But when Pinkalicious eats one too many, she turns pink herself! What will she do? Pinkalicious is the first picture book starring Pinkalicious and her family. She stars in five more picture books—Purplicious, Goldilicious, Silverlicious, Emeraldalicious, and Aqualicious--as well as I Can Reads, doodle books, and more!

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Books About Colors and Family

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They Say Blue
Written & illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
A young girl describes where she finds colors in both the world around her and beyond what she can see.
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Arctic White
Written by Danna Smith & illustrated by Lee White
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.
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Green on Green
Written by Dianne White & illustrated by Felicita Sala and Dianne White
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Discover the joys of nature, seasons, family—and the vibrant colors of them all—in this lyrical picture book from the author of the acclaimed Blue on Blue. A child is on a colorful journey through the seasons, filled with yellow flowers and blue coral in spring and summer and orange pumpkins and green pine forests in fall and winter. All the while, there is another colorful change on the horizon—the birth of a new sibling. With gentle, rhyming text and vivid artwork, this book is a heartfelt celebration of family, nature, seasons, colors, and the wonder and magic of them all.
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The Lost Picnic book
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Allie All Along book
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Pride Colors book
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  1. The Lost Picnic - A brilliantly illustrated seek-and-find that dazzles even more than The Lost House, from the award-winning B. B. Cronin! Grandad is taking his grandchildren on a picnic in his jalopy. They ride on a busy highway full of cars and signs, past charming villages and topiary-filled parks, out into the country. But when they finally arrive at the picnic spot, they discover all their food has tumbled out of the car along the way! It’s up to readers to find the missing food so the family can enjoy their meal at last.

  2. The Lost House - Fall into this award-winning seek-and-find book with its richly timeless style and get swept up in a treasure hunt through Grandad’s wild house! The children want to go to the park with Grandad, but they can’t leave until they find his lost socks…and his shoes…and even his teeth! Will they ever get out of Grandad’s busy house? With a trove of wonders to discover on every page, this seek and find book will enchant young and old alike as they search for Grandad’s lost objects. Oversized dimensions, a textured paper-over-board die-cut cover, eye-popping color, and elaborately complex spreads on every page make this book a collector’s item and a must-have.

  3. Allie All Along - Poor Allie! She’s in a rage, stomping and smashing, throwing a tantrum, and having a fit. Is there a sweet little girl hiding somewhere under all the angry layers? With the help of her understanding big brother, she’s able to calm down, bit by bit, and become herself again. The illustrations’ varying hues and vibrant colors capture the powerful feelings that young children can’t always express in words.

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

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Books About Colors and Shapes

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Urban Babies Wear Black
Written by Michelle Sinclair Colman & illustrated by Nathalie Dion
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
With appealing multimedia artwork, this fun board book follows an urban tot who loves nights at the opera, modern architecture, and fine cuisine. Full color.
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Hide and Seek
Written & illustrated by Taro Gomi
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
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!
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My First Busy Book
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
From beloved author-illustrator Eric Carle, this brand-new busy book is filled with touch-and-feels, lift-the-flaps, mirrors, and more—sure to endlessly entertain your little ones! This brand-new busy book featuring Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork is jam-packed with interactive activities to keep little hands busy. Each page features a different concept, from numbers and shapes, to colors, animals, and sounds! With a mylar mirror that’s visible through the cover, glitter, lift-the-flaps, touch-and-feels, and more, this book is sure to be a hit with babies and parents. It’s a must-have for every Eric Carle collection!
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TouchThinkLearn: Wiggles book
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Animosaics: Can You Find It? book
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Hello, World! Dinosaurs book
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This Is My Eye: A New York Story book
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  1. TouchThinkLearn: Wiggles - Little fingers twist and turn, zig and zag, moving on, over, and through pages filled with fluorescent die-cut dots and playful, grooved paths. This brilliant application of the groundbreaking TouchThinkLearn format compels the youngest learners to explore and engage with their world in a hands-on, multisensory way. The premise is simple: Hear an instruction, repeat its words, and playfully trace out its action. Multiple modes of perception combine to inspire and instill a deeper understanding of essential concepts and language. TouchThinkLearn: Wiggles offers a priceless way to play, read—and have fun—together!

  2. Animosaics: Can You Find It? - This large-format board book from the creator of Wee Gallery is wonderfully colourful and packed with everyday objects for children to look at and learn from. Each page focuses on a different colour and contains a series of objects hidden within the large, mosaic-inspired pictures. Additional questions will encourage the reader to find and recognise different shapes as they turn each page of the book. A joy to look at and a delight to hold, Animosaics – Can you Find It? is a unique and beautifully produced book for children of all ages.

  3. Hello, World! Dinosaurs - All young children love dinosaurs. Now here’s a board book that teaches toddlers all about Triceratops, Stegosaurus, T-rex, and many more—with colors, shapes, sizes, and super-simple facts. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms (“T. rex’s arms were very small, even though its body was large”) and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops. Look for all the books in the Hello, World! series: Solar System, Weather, Backyard Bugs, Birds, and My Body.

  4. This Is My Eye: A New York Story - Shapes, colors, patterns, and people are everywhere, and things look different depending on how you look at them—and who is doing the looking. In this playful ode to photography and point of view, a poetic story posits how one young girl might capture moments of insight, community, and art in her beloved hometown, New York City. With the popularity of camera phones, photo-journaling, and photo-posting sites, this fictional exploration of photography as one young girl’s form of self-expression is guaranteed to appeal to budding photographers.

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Books About Colors and Holidays

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Christmas Colors & Counting
Written by Barbara Barbieri McGrath & illustrated by Peggy Tagel
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
A merry and bright option for baby’s first Christmas introduces colors with seasonal favorites such as elves and the Christmas tree. Little fingers will have endless fun in this Christmas wonderland.
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Halloween Colors
Written & illustrated by Barbara Barbieri McGrath
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
A colorful choice for the littlest trick-or-treaters. A bright and fun selection for baby’s first Halloween introducing the youngest of readers to a variety of colors as they encounter seasonal staples like pumpkins, ghosts, and trick-or-treating.
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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns
Written by Hena Khan & illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam s beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is equally at home in a classroom reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent s lap.
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Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! book
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The Crayons' Christmas book
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  1. Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! - Join Pinkalicious as she celebrates Christmas in New York Times bestselling author and artist Victoria Kann’s Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas!—complete with poster, cards, and sticker sheet! This year Pinkalicious has decided she wants a bright pink artificial Christmas tree. But Mommy and Daddy immediately say no—the Pinkertons always get real trees for the holidays. Despite Pinkalicious’s begging and pleading, each family member has a different objection: real trees smell better; it’s tradition; and there is definitely no room to store a big pink tree in the house after Christmas! Pinkalicious is disappointed, but she tries to put on her best cheerful face. Then, the day before Christmas, Mommy and Daddy surprise Pinkalicious by coming home with a gorgeously pink artificial tree and Pinkalicious is delighted! It’s pinkatastic!

  2. The Crayons' Christmas - A brand-new Crayons book from the #1 New York Times best-selling duo Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, just in time for the holidays. This special book has letters, games, ornaments, a poster, and even a pop-up Christmas tree! ‘Tis the season for all of us to write our holiday wishlists. But everyone—even the crayons—know the best presents are the ones that you give. In this unique book, readers get to see how Duncan, the crayons, and their families celebrate the holidays. With real, folded letters from the Crayons that you can pull from their envelopes and read, games, punch-out ornaments, a poster, and a pop-up tree, this book is the perfect gift for fans of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.

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Books About Colors and Blue

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Blue
Written & illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
A boy, his dog, and their multi-generational bond are seen through the lens of the color blue in this gorgeous and poignant companion to Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Caldecott Honor Book Green.
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If Everything Were Blue
Written by Hannah Eliot & illustrated by Lalalimola
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Does blue make your world go ’round? From a blueberry-hued monkey to a sky-colored train, this tabbed board book showcases the many shades of blue! If everything were blue, a blue monkey would bounce on a blue trampoline, blue pigs would float away in blue hot-air balloons, and blue trees would blow in the wind! From blueberry to sky, forget-me-not to turquoise, this book is a celebration of color. Each shade gets its very own tab in this novelty board book, and readers will love using their imagination as they explore the world of blue.
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Blue-Azul
Written by Meritxell Marti & illustrated by Xavier Salomó
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
Did you know that colors can tell stories? The illustrations in this charming board book introduce your brilliant baby to all kinds of things that are blue, including finny fish and giant whales in the deep blue sea, a blue-jeaned cowboy eating blueberries, and Bluebeard the pirate by the waters of a nearby river. Our blue planet Earth begins this fun story that leads in surprising directions, all with a cool and sincere blue tone. Part of the Colors series. Illustrator Xavier Salomó was born in Barcelona. He studied illustration, drawing, and printing at the Massana School of Barcelona and art history at the University of Barcelona. He's worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for various advertising agencies and publishers. In 2006, he won the Junceda Prize for his book The Sounds of . . . Meritxell Martí was also born in Barcelona, and is a writer and professor of humanities at the Open University of Catalonia.
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Rare and Blue: Finding Nature's Treasures book
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Blue vs. Yellow book
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Blue Ethel book
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Blue Spot: Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase book
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  1. Rare and Blue: Finding Nature's Treasures - A variety of rare blue species—from the blue lobster to the blue black bear—are rare and unique for a reason. Travel across Earth to discover eight species that are blue in color and are either naturally rare, threatened, or endangered. Panoramic illustrations and a playful main text prompt a search for the blue species at hand, while the page-turn and informative sidebars zoom in to reveal a closer look at the species. There’s a lot to uncover about the Karner blue butterfly, blue black bear, blue whale, Quitobacquito pupfish, Cerulean warbler, blue lobster, Eastern Indigo snake, and big bluestem grass. A surprise ending celebrates that planet Earth is the rarest and bluest and must be protected for the sake of all.

  2. Blue vs. Yellow - From Tom Sullivan, author-illustrator of I Used to Be a Fish, comes a high-concept picture book about a battle between primary colors, for fans of The Day the Crayons Quit, Red: A Crayon’s Story, and Mix It Up! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Clash of the Colors! BLUE VS. YELLOW! Which one will be declared the best color of all? Will they join forces and be mightier together? Or . . . will another color challenge them for the title? Ding! Ding! Let the battle begin!

  3. Blue Ethel - Ethel is old, she is fat, she is black, and she is white. She is also a cat who is very set in her ways…until the day she turns blue! BLUE ETHEL is an adorable story written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, showing readers that being different can be a good thing.

  4. Blue Spot: Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase - Daisy the kitten has gotten a blue spot on her new white dress. How did this happen, asks her mama. Daisy has an answer, which is anything but simple. Instead, she responds with a wonderful fantastical story that includes a blue monster and plenty of blue treats. Mama encourages Daisy to tell the truth in the end, which she does, but even Mama loves the creativity in Daisy’s first answer—and kids will, too.

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Books About Colors and Pink

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If Everything Were Pink
Written by Hannah Eliot & illustrated by Lalalimola
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Does pink make your world go ’round? From a bubblegum-hued cow to a flamingo-colored submarine, this tabbed board book features the many shades of pink! If everything were pink, a pink cow would blow pink bubblegum, pink jewelry-wearing bumblebees would buzz around pink roses, and a pink submarine would carry pink passengers! From bubblegum to ballet, rose to petunia, this book is a celebration of color. Each shade gets its very own tab on this novelty board book, and readers will love using their imagination as they explore the world of pink.
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The Pink Refrigerator
Written & illustrated by Tim Egan
Thoughts from The Goodfather
I love the lesson to be learned from Dodsworth about the fulfillment found in exploration and trying new things compared to the ease of passive idleness. The simple illustrations have an appealing, retro style.
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Recommend Ages: 7-10
“Try to do as little as possible.” This was Dodsworth’s motto. One morning, on his daily trip to the junkyard, he discovers a pink refrigerator. There’s not much to say about a pink refrigerator, except this one had a note on it. The note said, “Paint pictures.” And so Dodsworth did. The next day, a new note appeared on the pink refrigerator. And the day after that, and the day after that. Dodsworth liked doing as little as possible. But the pink refrigerator had big plans for him . . .
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Flora and the Flamingo
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
Thoughts from The Goodfather
Such a creative and fun story. It's a book without words, but there is such a great story in the inventive illustrations. Very delightful.
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.
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Where Is My Pink Sweater? book
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Fussy Flamingo book
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Paulette the Pinkest Puppy book
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Twinkle Thinks Pink! book
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  1. Where Is My Pink Sweater? - The Book Snob Mom -

    This is such a fun interactive board book—it's quirky, spunky, and oozing with personality.

  2. Fussy Flamingo - B is for Bookworm -

    Lola is a picky eater who doesn't want to eat shrimp, which gives flamingos their lovely pink shade, so instead she eats other things when her parents aren't looking—but they notice when she turns other colors! Finally, Lola decides to try some shrimp and finds them delicious (and turns the normal shade of pink).

  3. Paulette the Pinkest Puppy - Mom of Boys -

    This is a cute little story about being different. A very fun reminder to look for similarities with those we meet and make the world a better place with our unique talents and abilities.

  4. Twinkle Thinks Pink! - From the acclaimed author of the beloved Angelina Ballerina series comes the second delightful picture book about a feisty fairy who’s obsessed with the color pink! When Twinkle and her friends get invited to Fairy Godmother’s garden party, they can’t wait to wear their sparkly outfits and eat lots of fairy cake! They fly through Sparkle Tree Forest to take a peek at the rainbow roses in the palace. But as they admire the beautiful garden, Twinkle notices that her favorite color is missing! So, she closes her eyes, waves her wand, and casts a little spell to turn everything pink! With her magical pink spells going sideways and frustration running high, can Twinkle set everything right before the garden party is ruined?

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Books About Colors and Science And Nature

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What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers
Written by Linda Sue Park & illustrated by Maggie Smith
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Recommend Ages: 4-7
Young readers will be charmed as they explore a garden with Bunny, finding flowers of every color. Red poppies, yellow primroses, purple violets, and other colorful blossoms bloom and grow in this delightful and cheery picture book by Newbery Medalist and best-selling author Linda Sue Park. It's the perfect book for teaching young readers their colors and flowers.
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Colin Collects Colors
Written by Jess McGeachin
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Colin is on a quest; he's off to collect colors from all over the world to brighten up his dull, gray city! Colin's world is dull and gray, but he's on a special quest! He is off to collect colors from all over the world, from the white arctic to the indigo sea to the red outback. Join Colin as he finds all the colors he needs to brighten up his world!
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Planting a Rainbow
Written & illustrated by Lois Ehlert
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Recommend Ages: 1-2
This educational and enjoyable book helps children understand how to plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, and nurture their growth. Lois Ehlert's bold collage illustrations include six pages of staggered width, presenting all the flowers of each color of the rainbow.
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A Little Book About Colors book
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A Little Book about ABCs book
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The Hidden Rainbow book
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Hello, World! My Body book
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  1. A Little Book About Colors - A new board book for the youngest fans of Leo Lionni—inspired by his bestselling classics! Discover a world full of color in this delightful board book inspired by the works of legendary children’s book author and illustrator Leo Lionni. With sturdy pages and engaging artwork, this colorful book is perfect for boys and girls ages 0 to 3. It makes a great baby shower gift!

  2. A Little Book about ABCs - Inspired by the works of legendary children’s book author-illustrator Lionni, these delightful board books with sturdy pages and collage-style artwork are ideal for teaching babies and toddlers the ABCs and about the wonders of spring. Full color.

  3. The Hidden Rainbow - Illustrations and simple, rhyming text invite the reader to uncover the rainbow of colors hidden in a garden, which helps flowers bloom and bees find food. Includes facts about bees and their importance.

  4. Hello, World! My Body - Young children are fascinated by their eyes, ears, nose, fingers, and toes. Now here’s a Hello, World! board book that teaches toddlers all about the human body, with shapes, sizes, colors, and super-simple facts. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. (“How many fingers can you count on each hand?”) It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.

Books About Colors and Cats

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Cat's Colors
Written & illustrated by Airlie Anderson
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
What better thing to do on a grey day than collect some colours? Cat decides to do just that, but where will she find them? A charming, deceptively simple story about making the most of the world around us, and giving something back in return.
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Alice in Wonderland
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Follow the white rabbit down the hole and drink from the purple bottle to meet an orange cat, a blue caterpillar, a mad hatter with a brown hat, and the queen of red hearts in Alice in Wonderland: A BabyLit® Colors Primer. Kids will love Alison Oliver’s colorful and cheeky illustrations bringing life to Little Master Carroll’s beloved children’s classic.
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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Socks
Written by Eric Litwin & illustrated by James Dean
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song . . . because it's all good.
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Black Cat, White Cat book
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Black Cat & White Cat book
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  1. Black Cat, White Cat - Day and night, black and white—this playful tale of opposite personalities celebrates the adventure of sharing life’s discoveries with a friend. Black Cat—black from the tips of his ears to the tip of his tail—only ever goes out in the day. But White Cat—white from her whiskers to her four furry paws—only ever goes out at night. He picks daisies, while she gazes at the stars. When they both feel the urge to explore a world beyond their own, Black Cat and White Cat go on a journey of discovery and meet for the very first time. Vividly illustrated with bold black-and-white art, each page paves the way toward a surprise (and surprisingly colorful) ending.

  2. Black Cat & White Cat - A black and white board book with a colorful surprise! Black cat and white cat are friends. But in a world of black and white, someone is always hard to see! Can they find a way to play together without someone disappearing?

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Books About Colors and Social Themes

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The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race
Written & illustrated by Jan Berenstain and Stan Berenstain
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Papa Bear and his family watch as the little red car competes in a race against the big orange, yellow, green, and blue cars.
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My Many Colored Days
Written by Dr. Seuss & illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
This rhyming story describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.
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A Story About Emotions
Written by Anna Llenas
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
**The international bestseller that helps young children identify emotions and feel more in control****, now available in a classic picture book format.**One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result. Caregivers will enjoy sharing this concept book that taps into both socio-emotional growth and color concepts in a simple, friendly way.
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You Are Light book
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  1. You Are Light - With a wondrously simple die-cut book, the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of the Journey trilogy brings his talents further into the light. This is the light that brings the day. Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light and enjoy the transformation as the colors in those circles glow. In an elegant, sparely narrated ode to the phenomenon of light, Aaron Becker follows as light reflects off the earth to warm our faces, draws up the sea to make the rain, feeds all the things that grow, and helps to create all the brilliant wonders of the world, including ourselves.

  2. The Night Dragon - “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.

Epilogue

24 books that are just too good to leave off of our colors list.
Orange Pear Apple Bear book
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Tractor Mac Colors on the Farm book
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Choo-Choo Colors book
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Every Color book
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  1. 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.

  2. Tractor Mac Colors on the Farm - This new edition to the Tractor Mac series is a board book that teaches children about the different colors of the rainbow. Tractor Mac and his vehicle and animal friends, including Sibley the horse, Pete the pig, and Goat Walter, show kids around Stony Meadow Farm in order to observe the colors of various objects found on the farm.

  3. Choo-Choo Colors - B is for Bookworm -

    Lift-the-flap books are always a hit, but I love that this one focuses on colors but incorporates a train! You get to open up each train car to see what's inside and learn all of the colors of the rainbow. :)

  4. Every Color - A new friendship helps a polar bear realize that it’s possible to see every color in the rainbow—you just need to know how to look In this picture book perfect for fans of Carson Ellis’s Home and Aaron Becker’s Journey, Bear longs to see color . . . but everything around him on the North Pole is white, white, white. When a seagull brings a gift from a little girl, Bear falls in love with the colors in her painting, but it’s not enough. So the girl sets off in her boat to take Bear on an adventure and help him see the colors up close. The pair visits colorful landmarks around the world, from the windmills of Holland to the Egyptian pyramids to New York’s Statue of Liberty. And by the time they return to Bear’s polar home, Bear has learned to see color reflected all around him—especially the colors of the Northern Lights, which were there all along.

My Very First Book Of Colors book
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Easter Colors book
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Jane Foster's Black and White book
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Princess Arabella Mixes Colors book
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  1. My Very First Book Of Colors - What color is a bluebird? Easy to answer, but even easier when you have thecolor to match it with. Find the color in the top half of a page that matches the picture on the bottom half. From pink flowers to purple grapes, this colorful book is full of fun and surprises. Children will love solving these color puzzles featuring Eric Carle’s bold and vibrant artwork.

  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Easter Colors - Celebrate the bright and cheerful colors of Easter with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The colors of the rainbow jump off the page in this colorful celebration of the Easter season. Young readers will love learning about colors along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this delightful board book filled with the joyful art of Eric Carle.

  3. Jane Foster's Black and White - Introduce little ones to the colors black and white in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and sophisticated black and white board book, children will be introduced to bold, black and white images, such as penguins, pandas, zebras, polar bears, and more! Praise for Jane Foster’s ABC and Jane Foster’s 123: “Both titles are stunningly simple, but Foster is able to create some truly arresting images here, making both books pleasurable repeat reads. A fetching and effective introduction to the world of numbers.” —Starred Kirkus Review “It’s a book that style-minded parents and kids can appreciate equally.” — Starred Publisher’s Weekly Review “This unusually attractive counting board book from the British illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster shows off her style in a way that will catch - and hold - the eye of grown-ups and younger children alike.” —New York Times Children’s Board Book roundup review

  4. Princess Arabella Mixes Colors - The latest book about the popular little Princess Arabella, with fun information about mixing colors.

The Black and White Factory book
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Baby Sees Colors! book
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Parade Colors book
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The Color Factory book
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  1. The Black and White Factory - Introducing The Black and White Factory, an interactive and entertaining picture book in the vein of Hervé Tullet’s Press Here and Mix It Up! Welcome to the Black and White Factory! Penguin, zebra, and panda will take you on a top-secret tour to see some black and white products that are made here, like salt and pepper shakers, dice, half decks of playing cards (only spades and clubs!), chess pieces, and tuxedos, in addition to a few special experimental projects. There are a few rules, though: No messes. No colors. No surprises allowed. EVER. But when the tour gets to the bar code room, some color has seeped in! It’s up to the reader to try and rub it off and tilt the book so that it comes off, but nothing works! The animals then use a giant cleaning contraption and need you to help blow into the nozzle to power the machine, and it starts to work! But there’s too much color to clean, and it blows color all over the factory. And the animals love it! But of course, they’ll have to change the rules a bit now: No messes, No colors, No surprises allowed. forEVER!

  2. Baby Sees Colors! - Based on decades of research and refinement, the art in this high-contrast board book is completely mesmerizing for newborns—helping them to focus. Babies as young as six weeks old can appreciate the bold shapes and colors in BABY LOOKS! and will benefit from hearing a parent’s voice, and the bonding that naturally occurs when a loving adult reads to a baby. Receptive language skills develop right from the start, as babies soak in everything they hear, and eventually learn to associate particular sounds with familiar people and things. Hundreds of thousands of parents in Japan have already discovered the power of this little book, and now American parents can too!

  3. Parade Colors - Strike up the band! This upbeat and cheerful celebration for baby’s first patriotic holidays introduces a variety of colors as readers encounter Uncle Sam, parade floats, and the American flag.

  4. The Color Factory - Introducing The Color Factory, an interactive and entertaining picture book in the vein of Hervé Tullet’s Press Here and Mix It Up! and a wonderful follow-up to The Black and White Factory. Welcome to the Color Factory! Penguin, zebra, and panda will take you on a very special tour to see all the wonderful, factory-approved colors that are made here, like: Robin’s Egg Blue Canary Yellow Chocolate Brown Fire Engine Red But when the tour gets to the perfect replicator machine, the factory workers mix Canary Yellow and Fire Engine Red only to find that the new color is not factory approved! It’s up to the readers to help get the non-factory-approved colors off the page! But if they can’t, the factory must be closed. Can penguin, zebra, and panda come together to approve the new colors (which are fluorescent!)?

Colors-Dicmas book
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? book
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  1. Colors-Dicmas - First concepts can be wild, especially when animals are involved! Young children acquire and retain information more effectively when they are entertained and engaged. Vibrant, dynamic and funny, this is the perfect introduction to colors for very young readers.

  2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - 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.

  3. Learn with Me! Colors - LEARN WITH ME: This fun, interactive flap book helps early learners build basic preschool skills! Can you name the colors of all the cars? Of the kite? Which colorful object is the odd one out in the group? This cheerful book will entertain preschoolers for hours as they lift the 40 flaps, answer questions, and spot and identify the different hues.

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

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Lionel and Molly: Colors book
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  1. 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!

  2. Lionel and Molly: Colors - 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.

  3. Mix It Up! - 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.

  4. Colorama - 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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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Lobsters Are Red book
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  1. Sky Color - 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.

  2. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Lobsters Are Red - Everyone knows that lobsters are red! But sometimes they’re other colors, too. Meet a blue lobster along with animals, foods, and places that sometimes are the colors you expect them to be, but sometimes they’re not! The Lobsters Are Red board book features original illustrations based on real “believe it or not” facts. Weird, wonderful, and all true…Believe It or Not!

  3. My Book of Purple - Introduce little ones to all sorts of purple objects in their world with this new concept board book! In My Book of Purple, little ones will be introduced to all sorts of different purple objects that they can encounter in their world, such as jellyfish, lollipops, eggplants, lavender, and more! The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly objects, and kids will be invited to identify other purple objects on the last spread!

  4. My Book of Orange - Introduce little ones to all sorts of orange objects in their world with this new concept board book! In My Book of Orange, little ones will be introduced to all sorts of different orange objects that they can encounter in their world, such as oranges, tigers, basketballs, clown fish, and more! The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly objects, and kids will be invited to identify other orange objects on the last spread!

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