It’s been great fun the past few weeks to focus my attention on picture books and colors. Picture books never fail to delight me — no matter my age (and I hope that when I’m 80 years old I’ll still be reading them). I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as well and have been encouraged to add more than one recommendation to your family’s reading list.
To wrap up this colorful mini-series, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate the entire rainbow of colors with picture books about rainbows, naturally. I don’t think we’ll be seeing any real rainbows for a while based on the weather forecast, but at least we can read about these aerial jewels and look forward to future rain — and rainbows.
“Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true”
(from “Over the Rainbow” composed by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Yip Harburg)
- “The Hidden Rainbow” written and illustrated by Christie Matheson.
- “How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow” written by Monica Sweeney, illustrated by Feronia Parker Thomas.
- “I Love You as Big as a Rainbow” written by Joan Summers, illustrated by Alberta Torres.
- “Rainbow Boy” written by Taylor Rouanzion, illustrated by Stacey Chomiak.
- “Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!” written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister.
- “Raindrops to Rainbow” written by John Miklos Jr., illustrated by Charlene Chua.
- “Share Your Rainbow: 18 Artists Draw Their Hope for the Future” introduction by R.J. Palacio, various illustrators.
- “There is a Rainbow” written by Theresa Trinder, illustrated by Grant Snider.