Picture books are an incredible way to share the world of colours with our babies and toddlers, connecting names of colours to the bright, fun, or silly images on the pages. Soon, your little one will learn to identify, sort, say…and—eventually—even spell them! Here are 9 of favourite colour books for your baby and toddler. 

Mix it Up!

Written and illustrated by Herve Tullet

Award-winning Mix it Up takes colour learning to a new and exciting level by showing toddlers what happens when primary colours meet and mingle...and create beautiful new colours! This interactive story lets toddlers 'mix,' say, yellow and blue with their fingers, then reveals the surprising outcome on the next page—green! And...no mess!

Black Bird Yellow Sun

Written and illustrated by Steve Light

A lone black bird and its little worm pal soar their way through a day that is just bursting with vibrant colours. Bold green grass, cool gray rocks, bright orange leaves, luminous pink flowers, and so much more. Gorgeous and simple, children will adore the collage-style illustrations and parents will love helping their toddler learn shapes, sizes, textures, and, of course, colours!

Cat’s Colors

Written and illustrated by Jane Cabrera

A tiger-striped kitten searches for a favorite colour. Is it yellow like the sunny beach? Or maybe blue like the sky where he chases birds? No, it must be orange—the colour of Mama! Connecting key colours with familiar sights, Cat’s Colours is a sweet and helpful watercolour-filled book for little ones.

Baby Colors

Written and photographed by Rachael Hale

Instead of using illustrations, each page of Baby Colors features an eye-catching photo of a real baby styled in a monochromatic outfit and setting—think red-clad babe lolling in roses or an orange-wearing infant holding a citrus slice. It is truly eye candy for babies!

Blue Hat, Green Hat

Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton 

Learning colours can be downright hilarious, thanks to Sandra Boynton. Her classic kids' book highlights various animals showing off their colourful garments...but a certain turkey is having trouble getting dressed! All goes afoul when he does things like accidentally stand in a yellow hat and put blue pants on his head. Every misstep has kids and parents saying 'Oops!' Delighted giggles are guaranteed!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Written Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle

This classic read-aloud board book may play it fast and loose with colours—the cat is purple and the horse is blue, for instance—but that is what makes this bestseller so much fun! Bonus: Kids learn their animals at the same time.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Written by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean 

Pete’s brand-new white shoes have a tough day when they step in colourful messes like strawberries (red!) and mud (brown!). Colours are both the problem and solution for plucky Pete and his new white shoes. Kids will for-sure enjoy learning their hues from this cool kitty!

The Day the Crayons Quit

Written by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers 

The Day the Crayons Quit is told as a series of letters from disgruntled crayons that feel they are being misused by their child owners. For kids who know the colours of the rainbow and are ready to branch out to the likes of beige and peach, check out this clever, original, silly, award-winning tale that has gone on to spawn several sequels, including the equally beloved, The Day the Crayons Came Home.

Shades of People

Written by Sheila M. Kelley, photographs by Shelley Rotner

Instead of living in a world that is black and white, let’s celebrate the many colours of our skin—like copper, cocoa, ivory, and almond. Shades of People beautifully expands toddlers’ colour vocabulary while celebrating our diversity.

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