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!