Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton: Ever since they were babies, my girls have loved Sandra Boynton books. This is a fun choice to introduce your little ones to color and get them giggling along the way.
Freight Train by Donald Crews: This simply illustrated book is another great introduction to color. Donald Crews introduces both trains and color to your little ones while they enjoy a train journey. You can get this in a board book format too, so that it’s perfect for the youngest kids.
Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera: Your little ones can come along with cat while he explores all the colors of his world. The lively illustrations and simple text will definitely keep your toddler’s attention.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh: This is another book that my girls loved when they were little. Read along as three mice discover three jars of primary colored paint and discover all the amazing colors they can make. While I do recommend this one for toddlers, it is also a great choice for preschoolers.
For Preschoolers and Beyond
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert: Celebrate gardens and flowers while learning about colors. The illustrations are beautiful, as is typical in Lois Ehlert books. This is a fun book to explore while learning about flowers and all the many colors they come in. Planting a Rainbow has long been a favorite in our house.
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni: Come along with chameleon while he tries to find a beautiful color that is all of his own. Does he find his color? You’ll have to read to find out.
Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd: Dog is messy. He’s very, very mess. Your kids will enjoy following along with dog as he goes from a white dog to a very messy and very colorful dog.
White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker: This is another fabulous choice for introducing the concept of color mixing. Come along while rabbit discovers a few buckets of paint and starts mixing. This is a simple book that your preschoolers will love and so will your younger kids!
White Is for Blueberry by George Shannon: I love this book because it takes an unexpected look at color. Are blueberries white? Sometimes they are. Are crows pink? Yes, sometimes they are. Choose this book to learn about all the times nature can fool us.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin: If you were to ask my girls what their favorite book was in this list, they would both choose Pete the Cat. Pete’s a groovy guy who teaches all about color in this fun and lively book.
Now you’ve heard my favorite books about color. Do you have any books you would add to this list?