Today I'm sharing two new books from Sleeping Bear Press. Although they're not coloring books per se, they each use colors to teach important friendship lessons. Written for the pre-K through first grade crowd, teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers will enjoy sharing these sweet books with young readers.
Notice the color palette and simple text on the first page:
On the next page, the boy remembers what it's like to be the new kid and greets Violet. He watches her walk home from school. "I was on one side, she on the other."
"Until one day." The boy watches her pick up a red candy wrapper and put it into her backpack.
He notices how she picks up many different things. Here is the first full color spread:
When the boy asks her what she does with what she collects, she invites him to her home, where she proudly shows him her room:
Each brightly colored wrapper
piece of trash and speckled leaf
has a place on her walls, her ceiling, her door.
They are no longer forgotten bits blowing in the wind.
Along her wall they are one.
They are her sky,
They are beautiful.
Violet tells him about her people that she left behind. In the process of sharing this with him, she is no longer alone. She has a friend.
In the end, the boy has acquired a new friend...and a bright red leaf that he picks up, and puts in his backpack.