Colors and young children go together like peanut butter and jelly. Children often get attached to a specific color, are drawn to crayons like moths to light, and love to show off their knowledge of colors. A color-themed story time offers a great variety of stories, flannel board possibilities, and ties in nicely with parachute and scarf activities.
Truth be told, I can’t get enough of bear stories. Sure, I may have an irrational fear of encountering one while hiking, but they’re completely harmless and cuddly in picture books. Baby Bear Sees Blue is a stunner and a charmer. The storyline is very simple–baby bear and mama bear explore the outside world–but the illustrations are sophisticated and ideal for story time sharing. I appreciated the illustrations of the bears’ rough coats–very realistic.
A little girl plays with a butterfly in her garden; she looks for it the following day, but it’s nowhere to be found. On the other hand, she does enjoy finding insects and animals of many (bright) colors. The pop up illustration of the butterfly at Butterfly, Butterfly‘s conclusion is always a crowd pleaser.
As reviews of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes have pointed out, there’s not much that happens to move along Pete’s story other than his song. However, if you’re looking to include some audience participation, you can’t go wrong with this one. I’ve read it to two different groups in the past two weeks, and each group spontaneously started singing along with me (and Pete) after the second or third time the tune popped up. It’s a fun, cute, and crowd-pleasing quick read.
Planting a Rainbow is one of Lois Ehlert’s many classic and inventive concept picture books. The unnamed child narrator and his/her mother plant a colorful garden in the fall, order new seeds in the winter, observe the flowers bud in the spring, and select seedlings in the summer. Obviously, there’s a lot going on in this simple story–colors, names of flowers, and the cycle of the seasons, so you can incorporate this short read aloud into many different themes.
What are your favorite color-themed books that I didn’t mention? Tell ALSC blog readers all about them in the comments!