Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The World is a Rainbow

Currently my girls are learning their colors, and I'm looking for all kinds of ways to reinforce what they're learning - through the usual painting and coloring - and of course, through books.  There are a million and one books for children about colors, and our local library has a section of them which makes them easy to find.  In addition to the usual board books about colors, here are some of the fun ones we've been reading lately:

One by Kathryn Otoshi: When Red bullies all the other colors, they must learn to stand up for themselves in this book about colors, numbers, and speaking up when things aren't right.  Clara took to the brush painted illustrations in this book immediately, asking to read it over and over.

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrations by Jon Klassen: this is not a book that sets out to teach about colors, but it is a charming story about a young girl who lives in a black and white world and finds a box of colorful yarn.  There are a number of morals within the story, but I liked the idea of paying more attention to the beauty and colors all around us, and used it as a way to talk about the colors in our world.

Press Here: Herve Tullet - This is an interactive book Ben received a few years back from his cousin.  It focuses on Red, Blue, and Yellow, as well as counting to five, and asks the reader to "press" certain color circles, to shake the book, to blow on the book - all with fun and silly results.  The instructions ensure that kids are actually listening.  Another one that we read over and over and over again.

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