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Read and Discuss: Is It Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue?

Discover the different colors in our world.


  • Is It Red? Is It Yellow? Is It Blue? by Tana Hoban (This is a wordless photography book about colors.)  

Key Science Concepts

  • There are many different colors.


Before you read: Ask children to look at the cover illustration and ask, What colors do you see? Then read the title and the author’s name. Explain that the photos in the book were taken by the author.

While you read:

  • Turn to the first page with the line of colored dots and ask children to name the colors.
  • Explain that on each page there is a photo that includes some of these colors.
  • Turn the page and point to the red dot at the bottom of the page. Ask, Why do you think the author put a red dot on the page with this photo? 
  • Do the same with the other photographs, asking children to notice the connection between the colored dots and the colors in the photo. 

After you read:  Ask children if they’ve ever seen any objects that have the same colors they saw in the book—what about a yellow leaf, an orange Jack-o-Lantern, or different-colored gumballs? Ask them which photos they liked the best and what they liked about them.