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[Monday Reading] Art and Colors in Picturebooks

Scribble, scribble, mix, dance, and wiggle with these wonderful children's books about art and colors!



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.


For this week’s #IMWAYR, I’m sharing three picturebooks that focus on art and colors. If you enjoy reading these books or know kids that do, then don’t forget to check out copies from your library!


Written and illustrated by Diane Alber
Published by Diane Alber Art LLC (2018)
ISBN-13: 978-0991248254
Copy provided by Rock Creek Public Library.

From the dust jacket: Splatter is a colorful, unique story about teamwork and perseverance. The characters, in their quest to create the perfect piece of art, learn the importance of not giving up despite some challenging obstacles. In the end, they become closer friends because they discover some new things along the way.


Diane Alber is the author-illustrator of I’m NOT just a Scribble…, Snippets, and Spots. Our library does not have copies of these books. However, I was very lucky to find Splatter in our system. Splatter encourages children to keep making art, to try something new, to help each other, and to have fun.

mr1224cMonsters Love Colors

Written and illustrated by Mike Austin
Published by HarperCollins (2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0062125941
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

From the dust jacket: Did you know that monsters LOVE to scribble, scribble, mix, dance, and wiggle! Why? Because monsters LOVE to make new colors!


This was a delightful and absolutely adorable book! Mike Austin’s monsters are the cutest, funniest, and silliest monsters. Monsters Love Colors is a good intro for color theory. The book is perfect for teaching kids about mixing colors and introducing them to the color wheel.

mr1224eMixed: A Colorful Story

Written and illustrated by Arree Chung
Published by Henry, Holt, and Co (2018)
ISBN-13: 978-1250142733
Copy provided by Elyria Public Library.

From the dust jacket: In the beginning, there were three colors… Reds, Yellows, and Blues. All special in their own ways, living in harmony—until one day, a Red says, “Reds are the best!” and starts a color kerfuffle. When the colors decide to separate, is there anything that can change their minds?


At a glance, this book is similar to Monsters Love Colors. However, Mixed: A Colorful Story is more than just about color mixing. This picturebook sends a powerful message about diversity, tolerance, and embracing differences.

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3 comments on “[Monday Reading] Art and Colors in Picturebooks

  1. Monsters Love Colours looks like a lot of of fun!


  2. I like all your bright and colorful books, this week. I’m really looking forward to reading Splatter. I’m hoping it will pair well with The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, where little Vashti doesn’t think she has any art to offer the world. Such an important message to the children of the world! Thanks for the shares, Fats!


  3. Sarah Sammis

    Mixed is on my wishlist. I’ll be reading Lions & Liars soon. My weekly update


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