If you are teaching children their colors this reading list will be a tremendous resource for you. Reading fun stories is a great way to introduce the concept of colors.
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Super Fun Books About Colors
I think colors are one of the most amazing things God created. He could have made everything gray and we never would have known – but He didn’t! This booklist has been designed to celebrate those colors as it shares fun, engaging books for you to enjoy with your little ones. These are books that you will enjoy just as much as they will.
At the end of this post, you’ll find a free printable list you can use to look for these books at the library, yard sales, or where ever you look for your books. I’ve also included Amazon links for those who prefer to order them from there.
Books About Colors for Toddlers
These board books about colors are sure to be big hit with toddlers (but preschoolers will love them too!)
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boyton
This is a silly book your little one will ask you to read over and over again. Little ones love chiming in with “Opps,” as turkey mixes up where his clothes are supposed to go. Amid the humorous storyline children inadvertently learn some of their colors.
Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson
This is a delightful book from Karma Wilson’s, The Bear Books Series. With fun predictable rhyming text and charming illustrations, this is a wonderful way to help teach your little one colors.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr and Eric Carl is a classic book that children love! The sing-song text makes this a fun book for toddlers to interact with as they learn their colors.
Let’s Say Our Colors by Roger Priddy has five beautiful, bright photos of items of the same color. Each page asks the child three questions: push the button that has the same color as the items on that page, try to say the name of the color and find a specific item on the page. This is a great book for language development.
Poke -A-Dot! First Colors by Melisa & Doug has one large picture on each page introducing a color. Children interact by poking the dot on each item and hearing a clicking sound. A fun way to keep toddlers engaged.
Baby’s First Book of Birds & Colors by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes has a featured bird on each page that match the color of the plants featured there as well. This makes it easy for toddlers to distinguish what color is being introduced. This is a great choice for the earliest of learners.
Preschool Books About Colors
These are some FUN books for teaching preschoolers colors. Toddlers will enjoy many of these too.
Picture Books About Colors
Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin is a favorite for children and grownups. Kids love interacting with the singsong text as Pete steps in one thing after another, each time changing the color of his shoes. This is one that will be requested to read over and over again.
Dr. Seuss’s Book of Colors is done in the same traditional rhyming style as his other books. Many of the characters featured in this book are taken from his other books.
Tractor Mac: Colors on the Farm by Billy Steers is part of the Tractor Mac series which all have great illusions. While learning colors, children also explore farm animals, plants, and equipment. This will be a hit whether your child lives on a farm or not.
I Went Walking by Sue Williams is an interactive book that encourages children to guess which animal is coming up next by showing just a piece of the animal as a clue. This makes it a fun engaging way for little ones to learn their colors.
The Deep Blue Sea A Book of Colors by Audrey Wood is done in the same fun repetitive text style as the Napping House. The text in this book is black until you come to the color word typed in the color being featured on that page. This is a fun way for children to help ‘read’ along.
Red, Stop! Green, Go! By E.D. Eastman is based on the classic Go! Dogs, Go! This is different in two ways. First, there is more focus on colors and second, it’s interactive with flaps, pull tabs, and spinning wheels for children to explore and makes learning FUN!
Books About Color Mixing
Color mixing is a fun way to explore art and science. Be sure to include some follow-up activities after enjoying these books.
Mix it Up! by Herve Tullet is an ingenious way to get kids to explore color mixing without any mess. The author has the child doing things like ‘dipping’ their finger into ‘paint’ and ‘mixing it into another color. The next spread shows the results that would happen as if the paint was real. The fun continues as the child ‘squishes’ two colors of paint by closing the book or ‘mixing’ them with their hands.
Of course, at some point, you’ll want to explore this concept with real paint but this makes a fun, mess-free way to ‘paint’ over and over again while reinforcing the concept of color mixing.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh is about three white mice who explore color mixing while the cat sleeps. First, they color mix themselves but it makes their fur sticky so they wash off (in the cats’ water bowl – lol) and then paint on paper. The simple storyline makes it easy for little ones to grasp the concept of mixing colors.
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni is another classic that has been teaching children color mixing for over 50 years. With short text and torn pieces of paper, this is also a story of friendship.
Your Free Printable Books About Colors List
Here’s a click the button below for your free printable list of the color books above for you to take to the library, yard sales or wherever you look for books.
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