Exploring colors with preschoolers is always a blast! There are so many amazing activities you can do and books you can read to dive into this topic. Here are some of our favorite color-themed books for preschool that you can use with your littles at home or in your classroom: (We picked most of these up from our local library!)
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Color-Themed Books for Preschool
RED: Llama Llama Red Pajama: This is the first book in the wildly popular “Llama Llama” series. In this story, Llama Llama is in bed and starts to feel afraid. He calls to his mama, but she doesn’t come right away. So he starts sobbing and shouting until she comes running. Llama Llama has to learn to be patient and wait for his mama because “she’s always near, even if she’s not right here.”
ORANGE: It’s an Orange Aardvark: This book is so silly and fun that preschoolers are sure to love it! A carpenter ant drills hole in his stump to see what’s outside. When he sees the color orange, he starts making up stories about the creature waiting for him outside of his stump…an orange aardvark! As you turn the pages, more and more holes appear through which different colors can be seen. In the end, the carpenter ant discovers that the colors are coming from a rainbow…but could there be an orange aardvark too?!
YELLOW: Yellow Copter: This rhyming book is about a yellow rescue helicopter who saves the day when a teacher gets stuck on a Ferris wheel. Cranes can’t reach her, and nether can planes…only Yellow Copter can get her safely to the ground!
GREEN: Little Green Peas: This book actually focuses on all of the colors, but there are little green peas on each page! When there are yellow buses, yellow bumblebees, and yellow suns…there are little green peas. And when there are purple mountains, purple skis, and purple mittens…there are little green peas. Such a fun book with bright and colorful illustrations!
BLUE: Little Blue Truck: We LOVE Little Blue Truck around here! This rhyming book tells the story of the friendliest truck who beeps at everyone as he passes by, unlike the big dump truck who rushes by and feels too important to stop and say hello. But when the big dump truck gets stuck, no one is willing to help him…expect for the little blue truck. Finally the big dump truck realizes “a lot depends on a helping hand from a few good friends!”
PURPLE: Harold and the Purple Crayon: This classic story from 1955 is still beloved by so many today! One night, Harold decides to go for a walk with his purple crayon. He uses his crayon to draw the things he needs on his walk…a moon for light, a path to walk on, an apple tree, and more. Harold has a big imagination that eventually leads him back home to his bed.
PINK: Pinkalicious: This is the first book in the “Pinkalicious” book series, which is another widely popular series for preschoolers. In this story, Pinkalicious eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink! She eventually returns to her normal color after eating lots of green foods…green grapes, pickles, spinach, and Brussels sprouts. (This series has other great books for teaching colors, including Purplicious, Goldilicious, Silverlicious, Emeraldilicious, and Aqualicious)
RAINBOW: The Day the Crayons Quit: This is such a fun and silly book! One day, Duncan receives a stack of letters, and each letter is from a different one of his crayons. Each crayon has a complaint for Duncan…from Red Crayon complaining of being used too much, to Beige Crayon complaining of being called “light brown” and “dark tan.” All of his crayons quit! In the end, Duncan comes up with a plan to make them all happy again.
RAINBOW: What’s Your Favorite Color? We all know that preschoolers LOVE to share what their favorite color is (and ask you what yours is, too!) In this book, they will learn about the favorite colors of 15 different children’s book artists, such as Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, and Anna Dewdney. Each artists draws a special picture and write about why that color is their favorite. There is also a section in the back that shows the artists as children and gives a little information about their lives and work.
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