The 20 most fun books to teach your one year old their COLORS!

Updated Feb. 9, 2019

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.

Blue Chameleon book
#1
Blue Chameleon
Written and 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.

This Little Hamster book
#2
This Little Hamster
Written and illustrated by Kass Reich
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
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.

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.

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.

Color Our World book
#3
Color Our World
Written by Disney Book Group and illustrated by Disney Storybook Art Team
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
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!

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.

Redbird: Colors, Colors, Everywhere! book
#4
Redbird: Colors, Colors, Everywhere!
Written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is a fun book! It talks about all the good of each color and how it is tricky to pick just one favorite. Really cute book.

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!

Color Wonder Hooray for Spring! book
#5
Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!
Written by Chiêu Anh Urban
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
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.

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.

Baby Bear Sees Blue book
#6
Baby Bear Sees Blue
Written and illustrated by Ashley Wolff
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
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!

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".

Leaving the den as the weather warms, Baby Bear discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies, and other colorful things in nature.

Green book
#7
Green
Written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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

Orange Pear Apple Bear book
#8
Orange Pear Apple Bear
Written and illustrated by Emily Gravett
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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.

Not Quite Black and White Board Book book
#9
Not Quite Black and White Board Book
Written by Jonathan Ying and illustrated by Victoria Ying
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
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.

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.

Color Blocked book
#10
Color Blocked
Written by Ashley Sorenson and illustrated by David Miles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
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!

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.

One Yellow Ribbon book
#11
One Yellow Ribbon
Written by and 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.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book
#12
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Written by Jennifer Adams and 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!

Choo-Choo Colors book
#13
Choo-Choo Colors
Written by and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from 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. :)

Every car on this train is carrying special cargo. Can you guess what is in the blue car? There are kittens in the orange car. What other things might ride in the orange car? This book gives kids a fun way to test their color recognition and association.

Every Color book
#14
Every Color
Written and illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Colors book
#15
Colors
Written and illustrated by John J Reiss
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Thoughts from 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.)

Explore all the colors of the rainbow in this stunning and graphic first concept board book. From red lobsters, yellow baby chicks, to brown puppy-dog tails, this book is filled with bright pops of color that jump off the page. An engaging way to introduce first colors, this highly designed board book is perfect for little ones to read with their parents.

They Say Blue book
#16
They Say Blue
Written and 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.

It's an Orange Aardvark! book
#17
It's an Orange Aardvark!
Written and illustrated by Michael Hall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Jane Foster's Black and White book
#18
Jane Foster's Black and White
Written and illustrated by Jane Foster
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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

If Everything Were Blue book
#19
If Everything Were Blue
Written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Lalalimola
board book
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.

Color Wonder Winter Is Here! book
#20
Color Wonder Winter Is Here!
Written by Chiêu Anh Urban
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

If Everything Were Pink book
#21
If Everything Were Pink
Written by Hannah Eliot and 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.

The Crayon Box That Talked book
#22
The Crayon Box That Talked
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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

I Spy with My Little Eye book
#23
I Spy with My Little Eye
Written and 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.

Lionel and Molly: Colors book
#24
Lionel and Molly: Colors
Written by Joanna Lake and illustrated by Jess Racklyeft
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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

Red Green Blue book
#25
Red Green Blue
Written and illustrated by Alison Jay
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Characters from nursery rhymes populate this tale, which highlights the colorful aspects of the familiar poems. Includes a key to the nursery rhymes referenced in the story.

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