Tuesday, September 15, 2020

ReFoReMo Mini-Monthly Writing Challenge: Color my World

 By Janie reinart

Color affects us--lifts our mood, gives us energy, calms our mind. Your challenge as we move  

into autumn is to write a story about color. Share the beauty of orange sunsets, crystal blue 

skies, and red birds at the feeder in our colorful world.

Arree Chung is the author/illustrator of Mixed and other picture books.  He is the creator and teacher of 

the fascinating and educational Storyteller Academy. (I am a member.) 

"All the colors were living in harmony―until one day, a Red says "Reds are the best!" and starts color 

kerfuffle. When the colors decide to separate, is there anything that can change their minds?" The story is 

about love, acceptance and unity.

"In the beginning, there were three colors . . .



and Blues.

Reds were the loudest.  La La La La La.

Yellows were the brightest."

And blues were the coolest."

By Roseanne Thong

Younger children will be delighted to learn their colors with a hint of Asian culture in Red is a Dragon :

A Book of Colors. A little girl finds a rainbow of colors in her everyday life.

"Red is a dragon

Red is a drum

Red are the firecrackers--

here they come!"

By Hena Khan

"With breathtaking illustrations and informative text, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A 

Muslim Book of Colors magnificently captures the world of Islam, celebrating its beauty and 

traditions for even the youngest readers." (From the book jacket.)

"Red is the rug

Dad kneels on to pray, 

facing toward Mecca,

five times a day.

Blue is the hijab

Mom likes to wear.

It's  the scarf she uses to cover her hair."

By Joyce Sidman

From the Booklist review, "The changing seasons have been the subject of many a picture 

book, but this one has a particularly unique take on the topic. Each season is explored in terms 

of how it encompasses colors. In the spring, “Red sings / from treetops . . . / each note dropping 

/ like a cherry / into my ear.” Green “peeks from buds,” and yellow “slips goldfinches their spring 


In winter ...

green waits 

in the hearts of trees,


the earth



"Try to be a rainbow in" someone's cloud."

~Maya Angelou 


  1. Love how you put all these together, Janie! A rainbow riot of color here.

    1. The colors are amazing. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  2. So much fun to see these together!

  3. Fantastic medley of perfect picture books, Janie. I already own MIXED...now I need to acquire these other treasures. Thank you for sharing some of the lyrical language...just the short bit of text you gave for each invites the reader to turn the page.

  4. So many wonderful examples of color! Love Red Sings from the Treetops. I do love color, all sorts of lovely colors. Thanks for sharing this collection.

  5. What a great post, Janie! You have colored our world!

  6. These are all such beautiful books. I have a couple of stories where colors are featured, but perhaps it's time to write another. Thanks for the prod, Janie!

  7. Great collection of color & colorful books - especially as burnt umber & gray have been the predominant colors in my life for the past two weeks. Thanks!

  8. You are a rainbow in my life, Janie. Love your poetry! Thank you for sharing this colorful inspiration--sure needed it <3