The work of young children is to learn the concepts needed for future learning. These books about colors make learning fun as readers will explore colors through real and pretend places and objects.
“My First Book of Colors” by Make Believe Ideas Ltd., 2016, Scholastic, ages birth-3.
Created for the Scholastic Early Learners series, this board book contains bright photographs of objects with simple labels, categorized by various colors. Color-mixing windows teach about creating secondary colors (purple, green, orange). “Colors”, along with other books in this series, encourages adult-child interaction and provides many opportunities for talking about the pictures and developing language skills.
“Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eat” by Jennifer Vogel Bass, 2014, Roaring Book Press, ages 3-6.
The vibrant colors of fresh vegetables and fruit provide stunning images for this simple book about the concept of color. Perpetual favorites, red apples, green grapes, purple plums are joined by unusual fruits and veggies, including yellow raspberries and blue corn. Bright, colored photos will entice even the most staunch junk food lover.
“Red Light, Green Light” by Yumi Heo, 2015, Scholastic, ages birth-3.
A red car travels through town, and lift-the-flap traffic signs and signals along the way give a message to the car and driver. “Yellow means slow”. “Here comes the train”. Bright illustrations and the chance to open the flaps will entice young readers to notice the role colors play in in our traffic world.
“Bear Sees Colors” by Karma Wilson, Illustrated by Jane Chapman, 2014, Margaret K. McElderry Books, ages 3-7.
Two friends, Mouse and Bear, walk together and meet up with other woodland friends along the way. With each new friend, Bear notices the beautiful colors of nature. He spies blue dragonflies, red raspberries, yellow honeycomb, and green apples. Readers are invited to join in, with Bear’s animal friends, to find the colors of nature in each woodland scene.
“New York, A Book of Colors” by Ashley Evanson, 2015, Grosset & Dunlap, ages birth-3.
The icons of New York City are featured in this board book. From the red lights on the Empire State Building, to the green Statue of Liberty, simple text and sleek graphic illustrations take the reader on a journey to the Big Apple. Other books in this series include “Paris, A Book of Shapes”, “London, a Book of Opposites”, and “San Francisco, a Book of Numbers”.
“Blue on Blue”, by Dianne White, Illustrated by Beth Krommes, 2015, Beach Lane, ages 5-8.
The spring day begins with white cottony clouds on a blue sky. But as a storm looms on the horizon, the sky turns gray and black. Soon rain is dripping, dropping, and thunder is hounding, pounding the farmhouse. Once the rain ends, and the evening turns into night, black and gold become the colors of the sky. Folkart-style illustrations of watercolor and scratchboard share the simple beauty and powerful force of nature.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Dobler