Best Children's Books About Colors

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.

Color Our World book
#1
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.

Baby Bear Sees Blue book
#2
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.

Blue Chameleon book
#3
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
#4
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.

Redbird: Colors, Colors, Everywhere! book
#5
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
#6
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.

Orange Pear Apple Bear book
#7
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.

Color Blocked book
#8
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.

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.

Choo-Choo Colors book
#10
Choo-Choo Colors
Written by Kathy Ireland and illustrated by Kate Stone, Kathy Ireland
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

There are lots of color books around, but this is very darling with lift-the-flaps, and a train! The train brings the colors and certain things of that color are on the train car under the flap. Very fun for the littlest and up to my big boys who still like lifting flaps!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book
#11
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!

One Yellow Ribbon book
#12
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.

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.

Colors book
#14
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.

The Crayon Box That Talked book
#15
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
#16
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.

Red: A Crayon's Story book
#17
Red: A Crayon's Story
Written and illustrated by Michael Hall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark! Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way. Red will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit, and makes a great gift for readers of any age!

One book
#18
One
Written and illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

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.

Picture Fit Board Books: A Traffic Jam of Trucks book
#19
Picture Fit Board Books: A Traffic Jam of Trucks
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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!

A Christmas Carol book
#20
A Christmas Carol
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Take a walk with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come in Little Master Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A BabyLit® Colors Primer. See old Jacob Marley shaking silver chains, gold stars shining around the Ghost of Christmas Past, and a red scarf keeping Tiny Tim warm. This bright retelling of a Christmas classic will scare any “bah, humbug” feelings away.

Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eat book
#21
Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eat
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Vogel Bass
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

"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.

One Patch of Blue book
#22
One Patch of Blue
Written by and illustrated by Marthe Jocelyn
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

A Color of His Own book
#23
A Color of His Own
Written and illustrated by Leo Lionni
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A story of a chameleon who, in search of his own color, finds a true friend.

My First Shapes Book book
#24
My First Shapes Book
Written and illustrated by Flowerpot Press
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-6

Introduces readers to shapes, including circles, rectangles, and octagons.

Butterfly Colors and Counting book
#25
Butterfly Colors and Counting
Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Shennen Bersani, 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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