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Kids books about colors and lines

by Jean Van't Hul
January 11, 2010


Here are a couple of artful books we’re enjoying from the library right now:


Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

I love this one!!

The whimsical combination of poetry and image is perfect. The colors of each season (and their sounds, smells, associations) are celebrated.

For example:


Red sings

from treetops:


each note dropping

like a cherry

into my ear.

And, in fall:

Red splashes fall trees,

seeps into

every vein

of every five-fingered leaf.

Red swells

on branches bent low.

Red: crisp, juicy



Here’s a detail from one of the winter pages (above):

In the winter woods,

Gray and Brown

hold hands.

Their brilliant sisters —

Red, Orange, and Yellow —

have all gone home.

Gray and Brown sway shyly,

the only beauties left.


Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman and illustrated by Steve Wilson is simple but fun, especially for the younger ones. The lines (or some of them anyway) are raised and glittery, so little fingers can trace and feel them.


What are you and your kiddos reading? Any recommendations for good kids books about color and lines?

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