Sky Color book by Peter Reynolds
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Sky Color :: A Children’s Picture Book about Creativity


Sky Color :: A Childrens picture book about creativity

This post contains affiliate links. Have you read Sky Color with your kids yet?

Peter Reynolds’ newest children’s picture book on creativity is about a young girl who is in charge of painting the sky in the class mural. When she notices that she is out of blue paint, she learns to think outside the stereotypical object-color identification system and really observe all the colors that the sky can be.

Riding home in the school bus, she sees the sky at sunset, bright with oranges and yellows.

The next day is rainy and the sky is decidedly not blue.

Sky Color by Peter Reynolds 6

Inspired by her observations as well as a vivid dream, she paints the mural sky as a riot of color.

Rather than a hindrance, the lack of blue in her paint box became the catalyst for creative growth. What an inspiring story for young artists!

We love Peter Reynolds’ books.

Sky Color has joined The Dot and Ish as favorites on our bookshelf.

(We bought ours separately, as they became available, but now you can also buy them as a  special Creatrilogy box set.)

I just took a look at Peter’s website and was touched by his “‘campaign’ to make the world a more creative place.” He says,

The next time you’re thinking about what gift to give someone, think of something that will encourage creativity. Whether it’s a blank journal or book on crafts, a set of watercolors or a guide to making films, a stationery set or a watercolor brush – let it be something that inspires expression. Children and grown up children need to be encouraged to consume less, and create more.

So true!

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    Mountain Mama (Wesley Jeanne)
    January 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Love this book! Love Peter Reynolds!
    For Christmas, I bought this one for my oldest daughter and “I’m Here” for my youngest (who is having some social issues in Kindergarten). Just wonderful!

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    Eddie - The Usual Mayhem
    January 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I’m going to ask my librarian to get hold of it for me – it’d be a perfect addition to an upcoming unit on rainbows.

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    Mrs Brown's Books
    January 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Looks like a beautifully quiet read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention – i’ll check it out!

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    Jen Fischer
    January 16, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Putting this on my library list.

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    Jessica @ Play Trains!
    January 18, 2013 at 2:33 am

    This sounds like a wonderful book. My son loves color books, so I’ll have to track it down. Thanks!

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    Heather N
    January 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I saw this at our local library a few weeks ago and we read it. I LOVE this book!

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    January 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I went for dinner with my mom last night and we stopped into a bookstore. I happened to have a gift card that the kids had received for Chanukah. I bought them this book, along with “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis. We’re going to be painting skies tomorrow! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Laura Loveberry
    May 21, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I love SPLATTER PAINT HERO by Laura Loveberry @ .
    This colorful read teaches color theory in a paint – splattering hilarious style. Enjoy!

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