I am a librarian in a very unique school. It’s old. Through the years, there have been many add-ons and changes. The library used to be the girls bathroom, the kindergarten room is the old library, and the art room and pre-k room share space with the cafeteria. A patchwork of floor coverings can be found throughout the school – hardwoods, carpet, tile, and epoxy floor covering. (You can drive your truck on it!)
The hallways and classrooms are a rainbow of colors:
Boring Baby Blue
Pond Scum Green
For those of you who are charmed by colorful areas, this could be called a Fun House of Learning, but for an interior decorator, it’s a House of Horrors.
I reside in the In-Your-Face-Yellow room. The color can bring out your sunny personality, or it can give you a killer headache. No matter what, I find our school is a perfect teaching tool for preschoolers to learn their colors.
Get ready, little ones. Your first library experience will be a walking field trip around the school and then it’s time for books – books about colors.
Here are some classic books mixed in with some new ones that are perfect color choices.
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
Red Sings from the Treetops: A Year in Colors written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
In a Blue Room written by Jim Averbeck and illustrated by Tricia Tusa
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin, Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by David Catrow
For Art Lovers:
Vincent’s Colors by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vincent van Gogh
Color me read!