Review: What’s Your Favorite Color?

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?

Hardcover, 40 pages
May 2, 2017 : Henry Holt and Company
Source: Raincoast Books


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  • Reply Julz

    Purple 😀

    June 28, 2017 at 5:52 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Definitely one of my top-five colours! I love jewel-tones, like purple, blue and emerald green. 🙂

      July 7, 2017 at 1:37 am
  • Reply Raincity Librarian - MONDAY FUNDAY: July 3, 2017

    […] bit of colour to your reading life, have I got the books for you! Last week on the blog I reviewed What’s Your Favorite Color?, a collection of illustrated poems and anecdotes from some of children’s literature’s […]

    July 3, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • Reply Kathryn

    Love it. My favourite colours are the autumn colours, but really they are all gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

    July 3, 2017 at 5:37 am
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