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Colors

What’s your favorite color? Skills can only develop if they are practiced. Reading books that introduce colors allows children to practice learning in a fun way.

There are many ways to bring color into the conversation:

Talk about colors a little bit each day. It can be as easy as pointing out the color of your shirt and naming other children wearing the same color. Get children to talk about colors by having a color specific show and tell. Children love to talk about what is theirs, be it a beloved brown teddy bear or the purple cat that was won at the fair.

Share stories that emphasize the color of things. Read stories with real photographs that represent the true color of things and stories like Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You Hear? (which has a purple cat and a blue horse in it).

Mix colors and talk about them while you are mixing them. Look at red and yellow come together to become orange! Give your children color specific toys to play with or better yet help them sort their toys into various color groups.

Write the names of colors in their corresponding color. Have the children say the name of the color and spell it out with you as you write it.

Share some of these songs about colors. Saying color names and moving the body gets the mind connecting in a different way from listening.

Mary Has her Red Dress On (Use each child’s name and describe something they are wearing.)
Mary has her red dress on,
Red dress on, red dress on,
Mary has her red dress on,
I see her here today.

Red, red is the color I see (Then replace red with the other colors.)
Red, red is the color I see. If you are wearing red then show it to me. Stand up, turn around. Show me your red then sit back down.

The Color Song (Sung to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue
Or-ange, purple, brown too,
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue


Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Amazon Says: One day three white mice discover three jars of paint--red, blue, and yellow. Both parents and children alike will appreciate this lighthearted presentation of a lesson in col more...
Amazon Says: One day three white mice discover three jars of paint--red, blue, and yellow. Both parents and children alike will appreciate this lighthearted presentation of a lesson in color. “Walsh’s cut-paper collage illustrations have bold colors and just the right simplicity for the storyline. A real charmer that’s great fun as well as informative.”--School Library Journal less...
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Color Dance by Ann Jonas
Amazon Says: The girl in red, the girl in yellow, the girl in blue, and the boy in black and white are all set to stir up the rainbow. Watch them create a living kaleidoscope, step by ste more...
Amazon Says: The girl in red, the girl in yellow, the girl in blue, and the boy in black and white are all set to stir up the rainbow. Watch them create a living kaleidoscope, step by step by step. less...
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My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard
Amazon Says: Colors, feelings, images, and words jostle and bounce off one another in this lively picture book, creating as much fun as any box of crayons has ever had. more...
Amazon Says: Colors, feelings, images, and words jostle and bounce off one another in this lively picture book, creating as much fun as any box of crayons has ever had. less...
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Amazon Says: Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends, but one day they can’t find each other. When they finally do, they give each other such a big hug that they turn green! How t more...
Amazon Says: Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends, but one day they can’t find each other. When they finally do, they give each other such a big hug that they turn green! How they find their true colors again concludes a wonderfully satisfying story told with colorful pieces of torn paper and very few words. Leo Lionni launched his children’s book career in 1959 with Little Blue and Little Yellow, and this 50th-anniversary edition, complete with Lionni’s own explanation of how the book came to be, is sure to resonate with children today. less...
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Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
Amazon Says: Bold primary colors help depict the seven blind mice as they each set out to investigate the elephant that is standing near the pond. more...
Amazon Says: Bold primary colors help depict the seven blind mice as they each set out to investigate the elephant that is standing near the pond. less...
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Amazon Says: Photographs of common objects with the color of each object printed below introduce the reader to colors. more...
Amazon Says: Photographs of common objects with the color of each object printed below introduce the reader to colors. less...
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Amazon Says: There are red sheep and blue sheep, wind sheep and wave sheep, scared sheep and brave sheep, but where is the green sheep? The search is on in this cozy, sheep-filled story more...
Amazon Says: There are red sheep and blue sheep, wind sheep and wave sheep, scared sheep and brave sheep, but where is the green sheep? The search is on in this cozy, sheep-filled story from acclaimed author Mem Fox and popular Australian cartoonist Judy Horacek. Complete with sleepy rhymes and bright illustrations, this book is sure to delight children of all ages, from the very young to those just beginning to read. less...
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Cleo's Color Book by Stella Blackstone
Amazon Says: Red, orange, yellow...discover the colors with help from Cleo! This poetic rhyming journey will teach youngsters how to recognize and create colors on their own! more...
Amazon Says: Red, orange, yellow...discover the colors with help from Cleo! This poetic rhyming journey will teach youngsters how to recognize and create colors on their own! less...
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Freight Train Board Book by Donald Crews
Amazon Says: "Clear bright illustrations show all the cars of a train bringing the reader the excitement of movement through day and night, country and city."--Booklist. more...
Amazon Says: "Clear bright illustrations show all the cars of a train bringing the reader the excitement of movement through day and night, country and city."--Booklist. less...
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Black Magic by Dinah Johnson
Amazon Says: Black is a look, a taste, a speed, an emotion. It’s the surprising stripes on a zebra, the taste of dark chocolate, the scary, exciting feeling of going inside a tunnel, and more...
Amazon Says: Black is a look, a taste, a speed, an emotion. It’s the surprising stripes on a zebra, the taste of dark chocolate, the scary, exciting feeling of going inside a tunnel, and a mother’s voice as her daughter falls asleep. In this celebration of the African American spirit, Dinah Johnson and R. Gregory Christie paint a picture of “black” that is vivid, varied, and proud. less...
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