Everybody has a favorite color. Some like blue balloons or brown buildings or mint green ice cream cones. Others prefer sunshine yellow, Maine morning gray, or Mexican pink.

In this book, fifteen beloved children’s book artists draw their favorite colors and explain why they love them. This personal collection will undoubtedly inspire readers to create favorite color drawings and stories of their own!

What a fantastic celebration of imagination, creativity and artistic expression! Fifteen children’s book illustrators share with us their favourite colours, and the ways in which they express themselves are as varied and wonderful as the colours they choose to celebrate.

Favourites are an important topic of discussion for young children – favourite animals, favourite foods, favourite superheroes, the list goes on. Few things, though, are as important to a young child’s sense of identity as their favourite colour. Because I’ve been asked this question so often by preschoolers, I always have an answer at the ready. My favourite colour is, and always has been, blue, because it is the colour of two of my favourite things – the sky on a sunny day, and the great big ocean.

Rafael Lopez, though, prefers the smart, unique, unsung hero of the colour world, gray.

Philip C. Stead hits the nail right on the head when he says that “a green elephant is green when it wants to be”.

Yuyi Morales reflects on fiery, intense, alive Mexican Pink, which reminds her happy childhood memories.

And children everywhere will agree with Mike Curato’s choice of mint green, the colour of mint chocolate chip ice cream!

These illustrators and many more use prose and poetry to capture the hearts of young readers, and encourage them to look at the world around them in a fresh new way, embracing all the different colours that surround us.

What’s Your Favorite Color? would be a fantastic creative tool to use with young children, encouraging them to explore and celebrate their favourite colours in exciting new ways. And to top it all off, all royalties from the book will be donated to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art!

So, what’s your favourite colour? 🙂

The Legend of Lightning and Thunder by Paula Ikuutaq; illustrated by Jo Rioux

The Legend of Lightning and Thunder by Paula Ikuutaq; illustrated by Jo Rioux

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Picturebook Reviews: Part Deux

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Review: Ruby’s Wish

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Alphabetter (Peace Dragon) by Linda Ragsdale, Martina Hogan (Illustrator) and How I Did It by Linda Ragsdale, Anoosha Syed (Illustrator)

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I use a lot of sing-along books in my story times, especially with my toddlers. You know the ones I’m taking about – Old Macdonald Had a Farm, The Wheels on the Bus, If You’re Happy and You Know It, etcetera etcetera. These illustrated songs and nursery rhymes are a great way to engage wiggly […]