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Colors and Shapes

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color.
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Introduces colors and shapes with illustrations of shapes on die-cut pages that form animal faces when placed on top of one another.
Dog's Colorful Day : A Messy Story About Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd
Follow our friend Dog as he starts off the day with one black spot on his ear. But it seems that wherever he goes, he runs, rolls, and trots right into a multitude of colors.
Every Color Soup by Jorey Hurley
Describes how to make a colorful, delicious vegetable soup. Includes recipe. ________ A Paula Wiseman book.
Hey! : A Colorful Mystery by  Kate Read
All is quiet in the deep blue sea until a tiny pink fish is mistaken for something scary. EEK! There's a great big fish hiding in the deep! A rumor grows, and readers discover a color with every new fish entangled in the mayhem.
Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming
It is time to get dressed and Michael counts on his dog, Maggie, for help as he places yellow socks, a brown hat, blue pants, and other colorful articles of clothing where they belong.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Three white mice discover jars of red, blue, and yellow paint and explore the world of color.
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Three mice make a variety of things out of different shapes as they hide from a scary cat.
My Shape Is Sam by  Amanda Jackson
In a place where jobs are based on shape, Sam, who looks like a square but longs to roll like a circle, discovers his true, unique shape.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
As he walks down the street, Pete the cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet.
Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse by  Jane Godwin
In this rhyming story, a young mouse makes her way around the world, introducing colors.
Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong
As a little girl discovers things round, square, and rectangular in her urban neighborhood, she is reminded of her Chinese American culture.
Shape Up, Construction Trucks! by  Victoria Allenby
Full-color photographs feature construction vehicles. Geometric shapes discernable on the vehicles are digitally highlighted for easy identification, and rhyming text names both the shape and the truck. A final spread directed at caregivers shares age-appropriate enrichment activities for toddlers learning to identify shapes.
Tangled : A Story About Shapes by Anne Miranda
An unruly gang of sixteen geometric shapes gets tangled in the neighborhood jungle gym until their friend comes to their rescue and order is restored.
The Crayola Shapes Book by  Mari C. Schuh
Features colorful shapes in the world through photographs and activities to draw.
This is a Book of Shapes by Kenneth Kraegel
What begins as a concept book about everyday shapes soon defies expectations with a series of funny and imaginative twists.
Wake Up, Color Pup by  Taia Morley
A bright yellow bird promises to bring adventure to sleepy Pup's gray world. As Pup follows his new friend on a walk, each discovery ignites a new feeling and corresponding color, until Pup is saturated with them. But when a storm comes, Pup's color is drained as fear sweeps through him. Only his curious yellow friend remains bright, and encourages him to keep his chin up, play, and carry on!
When Pencil Met the Markers by  Karen Kilpatrick
Meet the Markers! They love to color. But Purple Marker colors everywhere--even outside the lines.
Updated 12/20/2022