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Ages 3-5

Colors and Shapes

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A Rainbow in Brown by  Pavonis Giron
Jo wants to paint all the wonderful things she loves. With a palette of red, yellow, and blue, Jo knows she can mix any colors together to create new ones. Her imagination takes flight as she explores painting with primary and by mixing her own secondary colors, each picture as beautiful as the last. But through her exploration of the colors of the rainbow, Jo finds that her favorite is a combination of them all: brown.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color.
Circle Round by  Anne Sibley O'Brien
From one child to ten, hands are extended in an ongoing invitation to welcome all kids into a circle of inclusion, friendship, and play.
Color the Sky by David Elliott
A story that celebrates the many colors of birds and the wonder of first flight.
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.
Kitty & Cat : Bent Out of Shape by  Mirka Hokkanen
A stinky cat hides when it's time for a bath.
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.
Out of the Blue by  Robert Tregoning
In a world where only the color blue is allowed, a young boy and his father dare to defy the rules and create a place where every hue is welcome.
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 Search by Melissa Stewart
Nature is full of shapes; what shapes can you find in the plants and animals in this book?
Sign Language & Shapes by  Bela Davis
This book introduces young readers to American Sign Language words for shapes. Each page features one shape sign within an everyday situation a child might be part of.
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 Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
Rather than use the same old colors, a child paints animals and objects in a variety of different hues.
The Rainbow Snail by  Karin Ã…kesson
Blue like the raindrops. Green like the soft grass. Yellow like the warm sun. This is the story of how the rainbow snail came to be. It takes sun and rain to make a rainbow, and what better combination of colors could there be?
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.
What Does Brown Mean to You? by  Ron Grady
A young boy goes about his day, playing, painting, and baking while making positive associations with the color of his brown skin.
Updated 03/08/2024