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Read and Discuss: Colors Everywhere

Notice and talk about all the colors that fill our world.


  • Colors Everywhere by Tana Hoban
  • Is It Red? Is It Yellow? Is It Blue? by Tana Hoban

Key Science Concepts

  • There are many different colors.
  • A single color can have different shades, from very light to very dark.


Before you read: Hold up the book and ask children to describe what they see on the cover. Point to the words as you read the title and author’s name aloud. Explain that the book has photographs taken by the author. Flip through the pages, and ask, Does this book remind you of another book we looked at together? (After children give an answer, hold up Is It Red? Is It Yellow? Is It Blue?) How do you think these books are similar? 

As you read: Point out that in Tana Hoban’s other book, you compared the colored dots to the colors in the photographs. Ask, In this book, what do you think we can compare? Show them a few pages, so they’ll notice the bars of colors on the side of each page. Once children make the connection between the bars of colors and the colors in the photos, go through each page, asking children to describe what they see in the picture and how the bars of colors match the colors in the photographs. 

After you read: Ask children if they’ve seen any of the same-colored objects they saw in the book—what about a yellow and a red rain slicker, the many-colored jelly beans, or the colorful balloons?