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.

My Book of Orange book
#26
My Book of Orange
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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!

Urban Babies Wear Black book
#27
Urban Babies Wear Black
Written by Michelle Sinclair Colman and illustrated by Nathalie Dion
board book
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.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Lobsters Are Red book
#28
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Lobsters Are Red
Written and illustrated by Ripley Publishing
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

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!

Baby Sees Colors! book
#29
Baby Sees Colors!
Written by and illustrated by Akio Kashiwara
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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!

My Book of Yellow book
#30
My Book of Yellow
Written and 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!

My Book of Green book
#31
My Book of Green
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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!

My Book of Purple book
#32
My Book of Purple
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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!

Pocket Full of Colors book
#33
Pocket Full of Colors
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Mary Blair wouldn't play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men and think in black and white, Mary painted the world in color. Full color.

A Paintbrush for Paco book
#34
A Paintbrush for Paco
Written by Tracey Kyle and 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!

The Black and White Factory book
#35
The Black and White Factory
Written by Eric Telchin and illustrated by Diego Funck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

Tractor Mac Colors on the Farm book
#36
Tractor Mac Colors on the Farm
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

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.

See, Touch, Feel book
#37
See, Touch, Feel
Written and 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.

What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers book
#38
What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers
Written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Maggie Smith
picture book
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.

Festival of Colors book
#39
Festival of Colors
Written by Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal and 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.

Zapata: Colors - Colores (Bilingual: English / Spanish) book
#40
Zapata: Colors - Colores (Bilingual: English / Spanish)
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and 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.

Colors Lift & Learn book
#41
Colors Lift & Learn
Written and 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.

Splat! book
#42
Splat!
Written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Blue book
#43
Blue
Written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
picture book
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.

Mixed: A Colorful Story book
#44
Mixed: A Colorful Story
Written and illustrated by Arree Chung
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray book
#45
This Bridge Will Not Be Gray
Written by Dave Eggers and 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.

How the Finch Got His Colors book
#46
How the Finch Got His Colors
Written by Annemarie Guertin and 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.

It's an Orange Aardvark! book
#47
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.

If Everything Were Blue book
#48
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.

If Everything Were Pink book
#49
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.

Dump Truck's Colors book
#50
Dump Truck's Colors
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and 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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