These fun books about color are PERFECT for preschool and Kindergarten Students learning color words. Continue the fun with ideas for color activities, games and lively songs (includes free printables).

9 Awesome Books About Color Your Class Will Love

Color has always been one of my favorite things to teach.  I absolutely love COLOR and love to play with paint and encourage kids to get colorful!

I’ve also found that once children grasp the concept of color they enjoy showing off their knowledge.

Mrs Sharon! Mrs Sharon!

“I’ve got an orange t-shirt see? See? ”

Mrs Sharon! Mrs Sharon!

“I’ve got a purple spot on my sweater” (Is that grape jelly?)

There are some amazing books about colors to share with your students. Every theme we teach has a set of books to go with it and these are my favorite Color Books for early readers. Each book passes my personal test. They are

  • Kid approved
  • Fun and easy to read aloud.
  • And have great illustrations.

If you’re a fan of Amazon (waves hand frantically) you can grab these titles and more by clicking on the links below.

9 Awesome Books About Color Your Class Will Love 

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

The simple story and colorful illustrations make it a joy to read to young children.  The repetitive word patterns means that the children can join in very quickly.  This is a great book for the kids to revisit in centers or during library time because they will remember the patterns.

Literacy tip: Books with repetitive patterns are helpful stepping-stones in the reading developmental process. They help even the most hesitant reader to experience success as active participants in the reading. 

  1. Little Green Peas by Keith Baker

In this fun book a group of joyful peas fill the pages of this joyful exploration of color. Bouncy rhymes introduce a rainbow of colors and the best part is seeing the peas romp through a rainbow of colors. Children who enjoy books with lots of detail will enjoy revisiting this book.

  1. Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

Three kid-friendly monsters go mad with color in this energetic picture book. Kids seem to enjoy the vibrant illustrations and the lively monsters. The language is delightfully silly and the story is full of zany rhymes. It’s a great book to use when you are teaching about primary and secondary colors.

  1. Pete the Cat: I love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin.

Kids love Pete the Cat books and this story is a delight to read. Pete the Cat goes for a walk and steps in strawberries, mud and more with his brand new white shoes. Bright colors, visual humor, and a simple repetitive word patterns make this a great read aloud book. You can listen to the song here .

  1. Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Wash

Three mischievous white mice discover three jars of paint – red, blue, and yellow. They jump in and out, splash in the paint drips, and discover a whole rainbow of new colors in the process. The delightful story combined with colorful collage illustrations makes this book a joy to read.

Related: Try this Kindergarten Weaving Craft in different colors

  1. Swatch: The Girl Who loved Color by Julia Denos

Swatch tames swirling ribbons of color and entices them to come when she calls. Swatch starts to collect the colors in jam jars and soon she has room full of them. All except for Yellowest Yellow, who simply refuses to be tamed. The language is rich with descriptive words, so it’s perfect for kids building their vocabulary. You can even use it as springboard for movement and art with these extension activities.

  1. Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors by Emma Dodd (also a counting book)

Dog starts off the day with beautiful white coat, but wherever he goes he ends up with a new splodge of color. Each new stain is added up until Dog returns home with ten different colored spots. Then it is bath time for this colorful canine. This book makes learning colors and numbers easy and fun.

 

  1. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle

Children enjoy this book because it is silly and gives them permission to break the rules about what colors animals should be. It’s a quick read and would be a wonderful introduction to color filled art activities like this one.

  1. The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock

Russian schoolboy Vasya Kandinsky receives a paint box he discovers that he can hear the colors. As Kandinsky grows up he yearns to create works of art that reflect the wonderful sounds he hears. This book is a wonderfully told story about a pioneer in the art world.

9 Awesome Books About Color Your Class Will Love

Color Songs and Games 

Once you have finished reading one of these books continue the theme with a few songs, games and activities. It sneaks in a bit more learning and the kids seem to love these games and activities. Win Win!

Songs

Do Your Clothes Have any Red (tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

Do your clothes have any red, any red?
Do your clothes have any red, and red?
If your clothes have any red, put your hand on your head,
Do your clothes have any red, any red?

Do your clothes have any blue, any blue?
Do your clothes have any blue, any blue?
If your clothes have any blue, bend and touch your shoe,
Do your clothes have any blue, any blue?

Additional verses:

Do your clothes have any white? Stamp your feet with all your might.
Do your clothes have any brown? Nod your head up and down.
Do your clothes have any black? Put your hands behind your back.
Do your clothes have any pink? Give your eyes a double blink

Free resource: Get these free teddy bear color puzzles

Color Hokey-Pokey (You will need a little space for this one)

  1. Choose two colors of crepe-paper streamers. Cut them into 12-inch strips.
  2. Invite children to take hold one streamer of each color in each hand.
  3. Stand in a circle to sing the song.

Color Hokey-Pokey (tune: Hokey Pokey)

You put blue in,
You take blue out.
You put blue in
And you shake it all about.
You do the hokey-pokey and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

Repeat, naming the other color.

You could extend this song by having four colors and having each child choose two to hold and wave during the appropriate verses.

Free Resource: Download these FREE printable color word match puzzles

Games 

Blue Elbow 

In this game you will call out a colour and a body part. Students must find an object in the room that is that colour and then touch the selected body part to that object. For example, if the teacher calls out red thumb, then students need to find an object in the classroom (you may want to exclude clothes) that is red and touch it with their thumb. The teacher continues calling colours and body parts.

I Spy 

Play I spy using colors instead of letters. I spy with my little eye something that is red.

Simon Says Draw 

Give each child large sheet of paper and marker/crayons

Call out Simon says instructions

  • Simon says draw a red circle
  • Simon says make purple spots
  • Simon says draw something blue
  • Simon says make a yellow zigzags

Continue until the papers are covered with color.

Simon could also ask them to switch papers with a friend, but some kids may have difficulty letting go of their picture.

Now it’s your turn

What is your favorite book about color? What would you add to the list? What color activities do your students enjoy?

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