Best Kids 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.

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.

Green book
#2
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.

Color Blocked book
#3
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.

Red: A Crayon's Story book
#4
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!

Sometimes Rain book
#5
Sometimes Rain
Written by Meg Fleming and illustrated by Diana Sudyka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

One book
#6
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.

Learn with Me! Colors book
#7
Learn with Me! Colors
Written and illustrated by Ilana Exelby
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

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.

The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse book
#8
The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Who Eats Orange? book
#9
Who Eats Orange?
Written by Dianne White and 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.

Blue on Blue book
#10
Blue on Blue
Written by Dianne White and illustrated by Beth Krommes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and quieting of a storm.

Bear Sees Colors book
#11
Bear Sees Colors
Written by Karma Wilson and 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.

Pocket Full of Colors book
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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!

All the Colors I See book
#15
All the Colors I See
Written and 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.

What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers book
#16
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
#17
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.

Splat! book
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
#21
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
#22
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
#23
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.

Every Color book
#24
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.

Vivid book
#25
Vivid
Written and illustrated by Julie Paschkis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

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