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Monday, February 26, 2018

Board Books About Colours

This post highlights some of my 16 month old's favourite books that feature colours. To be honest, I do not read these books with him to explicitly teach him his colours. I simply try to follow his lead and use what he is interested in to my advantage when looking for new books and activities. He has recently shown an interest in colours and currently he points to things and insists everything is "geen" which I think is fantastic! :) 

All of the books listed below are board books. Some of these are available in other formats but for my son's current age, I prefer to choose only board books because I like to keep them out in a bin that he can access whenever he wants (and I never have to worry that he will rip the pages).

Color Wonder Hooray for Spring by Chieu Anh Urban

Toddler's review: This has been one of Clark's favourite books for most of his life. He absolutely LOVES this book. He loves the critters and he loves the colour wheel. He will sit and spin the wheel for what seems like forever (in toddler time).
Mom's review: This book has two colour wheels that spin to show primary and secondary colours. Although that part goes over Clark's head, I know this will be a book we can pull out as he gets older and is ready to grasp the concept of colour mixing. If you can find this book, I highly recommend it!

Colors by Jane Foster

Toddler's review: There is something about the illustrations in Jane Foster's books that Clark loves. They are simple, bold, and bright. We have read this one a million times!
Mom's review: This is a straightforward colour book that has two pictures on each page.  My favourite part of this book is that it has a page for the colour "turquoise" which you rarely see in children's colour books.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.

Toddler's review: Clark is a huge fan of the big board book version that we borrowed from our local library. He likes to point to all the animals on the final page and is mesmerized by the page with all of the children. He highly recommends that you find this book in the large format!
Mom's review: Could there be a list of toddler colour books without "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"? To be totally honest, this isn't my favourite book to read because it is soooo repetitive. However, that is EXACTLY why kids love it. The text is simple and predictable which is perfect for this age. We also own a copy of "Baby Bear, Baby Bear" which is great.

Fun with Colors by Holly Brook-Piper

Toddler's review: Clark adores this book! The pages have a bit of a texture on them which he thinks is neat. One of his first words was "banana" so he is always excited when we turn to the yellow page.
Mom's review: Any book that promotes healthy eating is a hit with me. I love the illustrations - each page has a white background which makes the fruit pop. This has been one of my "diaper bag books" and has saved me many times.

Brown Bear Color Book by Jane Foster


Toddler's review: This book is one of Clark's favourite to flip through on his own. He likes that you can see the bear in the window on each page.
Mom's review: When I picked this book out from the library, I figured it would be similar to all of the other Jane Foster board books we have... boy, was I wrong (it's even better)! This is a larger board book than the other Jane Foster book mentioned in this list and it also has more words. The flower on the last page that the holes make is stunning!

Colors in the Cold by The Rookie Toddler

Toddler's review: Clark often asks to read this book several times in a row. He likes to point out the winter clothing items on each page. The fact that it highlights the clothing colours is a bonus!
Mom's review:  I love that this book features real pictures instead of illustrations.  I love the "Rookie Toddler" series. As a teacher, I think these are well thought out to teach the concepts they are designed for.


Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass

Toddler's review: This book is an honourable mention because it isn't one of Clark's favourites... yet! ;) I think this will become one of his favourites very soon.
Mom's review: I adore this book. I think it's a wonderful way to introduce different fruits and veggies to toddlers. I have learned a thing or two from flipping through it.

Thank you so much for reading this post. As always, if you have any book recommendations, PLEASE comment below. We would really appreciate it! :)
-Ms. Makinson

You may also be interested to read another post in this series which features some generic favourites. Click the link below.
Board Books for 12-18 Month Olds

DISCLAIMER: This post contains Amazon Affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of any purchases made. As a rule, I only feature products that I have used and love!

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