pantone colors {what we're reading}

No child's library is complete without a colour book
and this one is an absolute gem.
I'm a big fan of really attractive, grown up style books
and my beautiful boy definitely seems to feel the same.
And this one is like a gorgeous coffee table book.

Each page features a different colour
just as you might expect from a children's colour book.
But Pantone Colours also features a page with different shades of that colour
including their pantone number
which I think is a really nice touch.
It looks a little like a paint chart,
and I love paint charts.
Is that just me...?

Each of the colours has a really great descriptive name
which I think really encourages some interesting descriptive language
(that's the teacher in me, you can never quite turn that off!)
After we have read each colour 
we always choose a shade that we like the best
and try to remember what it was called.

We use this book as a launch pad for a lot of other learning type activities actually.
We sometimes use it as a reference book
and will compare toys to the pages and see which shade of a certain colour they are.
We practise counting.
We talk about the concepts of light and dark.
We point to the big bold colour words as we read them.

Initially I bought this book more for me than anyone,
but the truth is,
that despite it being a really basic book,
with no story or fancy rhymes
it gets picked off of the book shelf more than most of the others.
I think it's simple, bright, graphic images
really appeal to children.
And their parents too!

Maggie Stone


  1. oh what a beautiful book!! i love how you pick out your favourite shade together.
    my son is 16 months old and loving books right now, will need to get this one.
    your blog is so lovely :)

    1. It really is. We love sharing this book together. x

  2. This looks like a really good learning book, Moo would of loved it when she was younger, and I think Thor would learn from it now. I love the way it has lots of different shades of colours too :)

    1. I like the different shades too, it teaches that there is more than one kind of each colour. x

  3. Your blog design has changed! It looks really nice, quite different! I like all the green tones. We have this book, Mr E bought it for Mads a while ago when he took her to the Tate as obviously he is a designer so works with these colours all day every day! I posted it on instagram and quite a few people went out and bought it after seeing it- it is obviously a hit with bloggers! x

    1. How funny. I thought of you when I bought it thinking you guys would like it. Great minds think alike clearly. x

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    1. It's really fun, but the design really is the best bit of it. It's beautiful. x

  5. Never mind about thr girls, I think I need to get this for their father, or possibly for H to give to Kitty for her birthday. It's gorgeous! And no, you're not the only one to love paint charts, I used to make a beeline for them as a child and the urge still hasn't quite left me!

    1. You do need this book, I think adults appreciate it more than children, and kids love it a lot. And I'm glad I'm not alone with my paint chart obsession! x

  6. Such a gorgeous book, our poor big books are starting to get a bit battered. I think its time to refresh the collection.

    Loving the re-design too! :)

    1. It is a great book, we all like it.
      And thanks, I'm glad you like the new design. x

  7. I love the look of this book

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