Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Colors

We’re all anxiously awaiting the warmer weather and vibrant colors of spring here in the Pacific Northwest. It may be a while before it arrives, but you don’t have to wait for spring to bring a little color into your life! Check out these great children’s books about colors, perfect for a rainy Kirkland day. Have some art supplies handy after reading these books, my guess is you’ll be inspired to create some colorful artwork. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.


And To Name Just a Few: Red Yellow Green Blue by Laurie Rosenwald

Blue Apple Books, 2007, 978-1-59354-596-3


This colorful, shout out loud book is a feast for the eyes, using collage illustrations and humorous rhyming text to describe the many colorful things in our world. Each color gets the chance to shine with witty rhymes such as this ode to green, “Olive trees pickles peas. But don’t eat it, please, if you find it on cheese.”



Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

Little Simon, 1984, 978-0-671-49320-2


This hilarious board book will have babies and toddlers giggling as a gang of animals show off their colorful clothing. Except for the turkey, he just can’t seem to figure out how to wear his clothes, “Oops!” The text is short and the repetitive punch line make this book a hit with kids.



My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, Illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher

Random House, Picture Book, 1996: 978-0-679-89344-8

Random House, Board Book, 1998: 978-0-679-89344-8


This luminous book describes and illustrates the many emotions that people can go through in a day, a week, or an hour, using colors to express different feelings. Available as a picture book and a sturdy board book, this story is a great way for children to understand that constantly changing emotions are part of the universal human experience.