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Get Ready for School: Colours

To reserve any of the following books to help children learn colours before starting school to your local library, click on the links to reserve them from our online catalogue, visit any of our libraries, or contact us on 01473 351249 or

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Dotty's First Book: Colours, Shapes, Numbers, by Becky Baur

"Becky Baur - whose charming illustrations are full of warmth and humour - has fun on the page introducing colours, numbers, shapes, opposites and first words. Each spread introduces a key concept either via a single scene or a number of small artworks - all with first word labels. There are all kinds of things to spot and find in the pictures, including animals who play a riotous game of peekaboo throughout the book."

Love from the Crayons, by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

"Love is yellow and orange. Because love is sunny and warm. Discover all the bright colours and subtle shades of love with this book, featuring everyone's favourite colouring crew."

Little Fish's Colours, by Lucy Cousins

"I am Little Fish, swimming in the sea. I love spotting colours. Can you spot with me?"

"Join Little Fish on a fun adventure, spotting colours along the way!"

Roald Dahl's Colours, by Quentin Blake & Roald Dahl

"Learn your colours with Roald Dahl's Colours, from the world's NUMBER ONE storyteller (and with some help from your favourite Dahl friends).

"Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations and a GIANT lift-the-flap will help you discover all the colours of the rainbow.

"This sturdy board book is the perfect introduction for titchy toddlers to the world of Roald Dahl - and is just right for little hands."

The Colour of Happy, by Laura Baker & Angela Rozelaar

"A beautiful exploration of feelings shown through colour as one little boy navigates a range of emotions - from happiness and excitement to hope and love, all on his way to present a gift to his mum."

One Shoe, Two Shoes, by Caryl Hart & Edward Underwood

"Shoes, shoes and more shoes - this book is bursting with them. From party shoes and flip-flops to cowboy boots and clogs, there's a pair here to suit everyone. There's even a shoe house for a little mouse!

"Jolly, rhythmic text carries you playfully along in this delightfully stylish book that introduces colours and numbers in a gentle and fun way."

A Whisper from Grey, by Louise Greig & Lo Cole

"Shhhh! Can you hear that? A whisper from Grey. Quiet and a little shy. She does not shout out loud like Blue, or squawk like Green, or roar like Yellow. But though she's quieter than the rest, Grey makes the other colours glow."

Mr Panda's Colours, by Steve Antony

"Lemur loves yellow, Elephant likes blue, but what could Mr Panda's favourite colour be? Find out and help your little bears explore colours in this Mr Panda board book!"

Mixed: an inspiring story about colour, by Arree Chung

"Who's the best, the Blues, Reds or Yellows? Follow the colours as they overcome their differences in this simple, sweet tale of acceptance and celebrating difference."

Elmer's Colours, by David McKee

"A firm favourite with children of all ages, Elmer is an elephant who loves to play practical jokes. This is one in a series of dual language editions featuring the popular patchwork elephant."

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin & Eric Carle

"Exuberantly coloured artwork and favourite animals make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours. Each spread leads seamlessly into the next and young children will delight in Eric Carle's colourful collage animals and simple repetitive language."

Surprising Birds: lift-the-flap colours

"Learn your colours in this stylish lift-the-flap book. A red wing, an orange beak or a vibrant tail - all of these birds have a surprise in store. Lift the flaps and have fun learning colours with the help of some unusual birds."

Elmer Search and Find Colours, by David McKee

"Elmer the patchwork elephant has lent one of his colours to each scene in this rainbow search and find adventure! Jam-packed full of things to spot, questions to answer and details to discover, all from Elmer's colourful world. Help young children learn their colours while searching each busy scene, developing their powers of observation, visual acuity, and their number and language skills."

See also: * Reassuring books to help prepare children for their first day of school or nursery * Get Ready for School book bags