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Check It Out: Explore books across spectrum

By Jan Johnston
Published: March 5, 2023, 6:05am

I know that the official start of spring is not that far away, but I’m ready for it now. Winter, bless her heart, makes for a lovely landscape when all the right ingredients come together for a snowfall. And I greatly appreciate the need for trees and plants to have some well-deserved rest before a new growing season begins. Still, I’m impatient for daffodils, tulips and sun, sun, sun.

Do the colors of spring make you happy? I’m guessing they do especially after living with several months of winter’s subdued tones. Since we have a bit more to go before the full glory of spring’s palette comes alive, I thought a color-filled reading list might tide us over until Mother Nature’s 2023 spring show begins. Today’s selections center around several themes: the history of color; how color influences our lives; and color design and creativity.

Winter has its own beauty, but soon we will experience the beauty — and color — of spring. Isn’t nature amazing?

  • “1000 Ideas for Color Schemes: The Ultimate Guide to Making Colors Work” by Jennifer Ott.
  • “Change Your Home, Change Your Life with Color: What’s Your Color Story?” by Moll Anderson.
  • “Chromotopia: An Illustrated History of Colour” by David Coles.
  • “Encyclopedia of Rainbows: Our World Organized by Color” by Julie Seabrook Ream.
  • “Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern” by Adam Rogers.
  • “Nature’s Palette: A Color Reference System from the Natural World” adaptation of work by Patrick Syme.

Jan Johnston is the collection development coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. Email her at readingforfun@fvrl.org.