15 Colorful Books to Brighten Up the Dark Days of Winter
by Devon A. Corneal
( readbrightly.com )
Devon A. Corneal
Devon Corneal is a writer, recovering lawyer, and bibliophile. She’s also a devoted wife and mother, except for the occasional page-turning affair with Jamie Fraser and Jason Bourne. Devon has always been captivated by quirky authors like Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein and sees no reason to stop reading children’s books just because she’s a grown-up. Devon’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, and on her blog, Cattywampus.
I love winter, but after the holidays are over and the days remain long and cold and grey, I long for a bit of color. If I can’t get it outside, I turn to books. My son and I go the library and pick out the brightest, boldest books we can find to liven things up. We choose books with rainbow illustrations and outrageous combinations of unexpected colors and read them under blankets and in front of fires. They remind us of the flowers we’ll see when the snow melts and spring finally arrives.
If you need a splash of colour to offset your freezing temperatures, check out these books:
Forget Roy G. Biv. DK aims to introduce little tots to basic colors and the different shades of each through context. Have fun picking your favorite color and lifting the flaps to find objects associated with that hue.
by Sara Gillingham
This lovely picture book parallels a growing friendship with that of a blossoming flower; friends, like plants, require special care and attention. The brightly colored, cheerful illustrations are sure to help shake off the winter blues.
by Junot Diaz
Lola was born on an island, but not raised there. When asked to draw a picture of her birth place for school, friends and family help make the Island’s beauty and culture come alive for her — and us. Full of color and vibrancy, this book will remind you of warm and sunny summer days.
by Lisa Anchin
It’s not easy being green, but it is easy to enjoy the magnificent hue with this picture book about a topiary that longs to explore the world beyond her garden walls.
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by Istvan Banyai
An exploration of color and perspective, join your child in viewing gloriously bold illustrations from a variety of viewpoints.
by Leo Lionni
A chameleon wants to stay one color, instead of constantly changing. So he resolves to stay on a single green leaf forever. He soon learns, however, that you can’t fight who you are.
by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
My crayons never do anything interesting. Duncan’s crayons, on the other hand, get fed up and leave home or go on adventures or complain about their names or ask to be rescued from the couch. They’re anything but dull. If your child loved The Day the Crayons Quit, this newest adventure should be at the top of your reading list.
by Crockett Johnson
This classic of color and imagination brings readers along as Harold dreams up a world using only a trusted purple crayon. Timeless and touching and perfect.
by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPre
Learn about art, color, and music in this lovely story about Vasya Kandinsky’s abstract art and the things that inspired him.
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Do little girls really exist? Uni the Unicorn believes so. She dreams of one day meeting a magical, mystical little girl, while not too far away a little girl is dreaming of the same thing. With lustrous and bright illustrations, Uni the Unicorn is a story of imagination and wonder.
by Jon Burgerman
A super fun, interactive picture book filled with all kinds of colorful messiness, Splat is great for a good laugh. Smashing pies, exploding water balloons, and insect sandwiches — kids will happily turn the page to SPLAT them all!
by Johanna Basford
Grab some crayons or a set of colored pencils and enjoy the intricate and fantastical designs in Johanna Basford’s extraordinary coloring books. They’re great for kids and adults alike.
by Basak Agaoglu
Who says a bunny can’t fly? Kids learn the power of hope and perseverance when a little bunny aspires to fly after seeing a bird in the sky. Bright, bold illustrations light up every page and bring the rabbit’s dream to life.
by Jess Keating
Think pink is just for princesses? Think again. Pink is also the color of gigantic slugs and naked mole rats and really smart dolphins. Pink is everywhere and pink is awesome.
by Aaron Becker
The follow-up to the 2014 Caldecott Honor Book Journey, Quest is another wordless picture book that continues the adventure of a girl, boy, and purple bird in a magical world that lies behind a red door, where they realize their dreams are bigger than they ever thought possible.
I hope you found this list of books inspirational. I always find a few that are new to me that I want to pursue. I go off to track them down, to read and to always enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Make sure you come back and visit me next week as I unwrap some wonderful new books for you. Blessings to you all!
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