Monday, September 17, 2012

15th September Choose Your Favourite Colour Day

What a wonderful day to celebrate with very young children. (You don't need to mention Crayola.) This question elicits so much passion and fervour, everyone championing their own favourite colour and certainly not listening to what other children are saying. Last week I was reading Mozzie and Midgie to a kindergarten class and there are many colours mentioned as the two spoonbills try many disguises in a quest to make themselves 'more special', but they are not colours that children hear often. There was emerald, russet, aqua and crimson. We had fun defining them and then trying to think of other things that were that colour. Next children thought of other colours that were less common like maroon, mauve, violet and lemon.

This inspired me to put together a display of books about colour. There were so many and I was surprised how many were quick to leave the library. Of course there are old favourites like Ella Doran's Colour, Leo Lionni's Little Blue and Little Yellow and Ellen Walsh's Mouse Paint but there have been so many books more recently with a colour in their title. See:
* The Sun is Yellow by Kveta Pacovska (Amazing. Full of hidden treasures and very different)
* Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (How many shades of green did you pick?)
* Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
* Blue Chicken by Deborah Freeman (The children are fascinated by the way the colour is absorbed by the chicken)
* Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
* The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
* Red Cat, Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond
* The Red Lemon by Bob Staake


  1. Amazing post! I have given your blog the Liebster Award!! Please check it out!

    -Paige Turner

  2. For a touch of poetry I go for Hailstones and Hallibut bones. I also love What sort of Day by Sally Heinrich. By the way my favourite colour is blue!