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[Monday Reading] Paint Your World: Celebrate Creativity with “Sky Color” and “Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color”


It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Fats here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

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Last week, I shared three picturebooks that give a nod to the creative process. Today, I have two more picturebooks on creativity that parents and teachers can share with the kids!

mr0627aSky Color

Words and pictures by: Peter H. Reynolds
Published by: Candlewick Press (2012)
ISBN-10: 0763623458
ISBN-13: 978-0763623456

Sky Color is the third installment in Peter H. Reynolds’ Creatrilogy series, the first two books being The Dot and Ish. It was nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award in 2014.


Sky Color focuses on a young girl named Marisol who loves to draw and paint. Marisol believes that everybody is an artist. She uses her talent to create posters that reflect the things she believes in. When Marisol finds out that her class project involves painting a library mural, she volunteers to paint the sky.


Marisol searches for blue paint but is unable to find one in the box of paint. Now, she has a dilemma: “How am I going to make the sky without blue paint?


In Sky Color, Peter H. Reynolds reminds readers that our imagination is like the sky — without limits. As Marisol observes the ever-changing sky, she has found the solution to her problem. Peter H. Reynolds encourages us to broaden our horizons and explore different possibilities.

Bonus: Candlewick Press provides a classroom guide for Sky Color.

mr0627eSwatch: The Girl Who Loved Color

Words and pictures by: Julia Denos
Published by: Balzer + Bray (2016)
ISBN-10: 0062366386
ISBN-13: 978-0062366382

In a place where color ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and color was her passion…

Fall in love with Swatch as she runs around town in search of colors! As a “color-tamer,” Swatch sure knows how to make her world a colorful place.


Swatch can run with the wildest shades and find rare ones.

Bravest Green shot up the first week of March.

In-Between Gray lived on her kitten’s leg.

Rumble-Tumble Pink rolled through the sky on the heels of outgoing thunderstorms.

When she called them by name, they would come to her, because Swatch loved color and color loved Swatch back.


Well, all except one: Yellowest Yellow. Will Swatch be able to tame her?


Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color is a must-have in every artist’s shelf. Julia Denos’ vibrant paintings will capture your heart. The book celebrates our “wild” side and inspires us to create a colorful masterpiece every chance we get.


Below are two additional resources you may want to check out:

  • Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley
  • Art Workshops for Children by Hervé Tullet


I hope this post has inspired you
to create something beautiful this week! 

5 comments on “[Monday Reading] Paint Your World: Celebrate Creativity with “Sky Color” and “Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color”

  1. What stunning picture books.


  2. I know about these two books, but still haven’t read them, & you’ve made them very desirable, Fats. Thank you for the great reviews & for those extra two!


  3. Wonderful books! I’m always trying to encourage my students to express themselves and let their personalities come through in their work without always worrying about making mistakes – it can be hard to undo what they learn sometimes in school!


  4. Reblogged this on Cindy M. Jones and commented:
    Beautiful Book for kids, and adults! who love painting. Great post, thank you. : )


  5. I am waiting my turn at the library for Swatch. I just added Sky Color. The illustrations are amazing. I can see how they are inspirational!


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