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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Babies

A Talk & Read Activity for Babies

Colors All Around

Talk & Read Explore lots of words with your child.


Colors All Around

So many colors to see and talk about! Baby may be just starting to notice colors so it is a good time to begin describing the beautiful colors she sees. When she picks up a toy, describe the color and compare it to something else the same color (like her shirt). These fun conversations show baby how delightful colors are!


The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill, (hold baby up)
And he marched them down again. (hold baby downwards)
And when they were up they were up. (hold up)
And when they were down they were down. (hold down)
And when they were only half way up (hold baby midway)
They were neither up nor down! (move up and down)
Oh, he marched them to the left. (put baby on your left leg)
He marched them to the right. (move baby to your right leg)
He even marched them upside down! (tip upside down)
Oh, wasn't that a sight!


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

Find these books at

  • Bear Sees Colors
  • Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson
  • Duck and Goose Colors
  • Duck and Goose Colors by Tad Hills
  • Zoom! A Fast-Paced Book of Colors
  • Zoom! A Fast-Paced Book of Colors by Jonathan Litton


Tuesday, August 22

  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Library Station
  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Willard Branch
  • 11 a.m., Storytime, Strafford Branch

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