Alexander Girard Color

Written by: Alexander Girard

Illustrated by: Gloria Fowler

Before Reading

Explore and Discover

Help your child learn all about colors with this vibrant book by Alexander Girard and Gloria Fowler. Use this time before you begin reading to draw attention to print and illustrations, provide labels for images, and make observations and predictions about the cover and illustrations. For younger children, you can simply talk about what it is that you see and point things out for your child. 

I think this book is going to be all about colors!

I wonder what colors we will see in this story. I already see blue, red, green... 

Look, here is a girl holding a puppy. The girl is wearing a ribbon. 


Discuss what older children see using prompts like:

What do you see on the cover?

{Flip to an illustration} Can you find the...

As You Read

Build Language

Help build your little one's language by allowing him/her to engage with the images as you go along. Discuss what the text is addressing and then allow your child to connect it to the illustrations. For example, after reading about the long black snake, encourage your child to trace the snake from its head to its tail. More suggestions include counting the total number of pink, white and green eyes. Simple instructions and prompts like these will ensure your child's comprehension of the text and allow you to draw focus to parts that you feel are important. 


Monitor Comprehension

You can ask slightly older children questions like these:

{Page about multi-colored friends} Where do you think these friends are going?

{Page about mother and child} What color are their eyes? Your eyes are... What color are my eyes?

{Page about painting} Do you like to paint? What is your favorite color to paint with? Why?

Even if your little one can't verbally respond, give your own explanations for each.

After Reading

Make Connections

Once you've finished the story, discuss it with your child, asking:

Did you like this book? What was your favorite picture?

Let's go back and find all of the pictures that have blue in them! Look, here is a blue...

Talk about the colors in your immediate surroundings and encourage your child to name them if s/he can.

Extending the Story

Color Matching

Source: Rockabye Butterfly

Supplies: plastic container, single hole punch, colored hole reinforcement stickers and colored pipe cleaners that match the stickers


Help develop your child's motor skills with this simple color-matching activity. All you need to do is punch holes into an empty, plastic container, reinforce the holes with different colored reinforcement stickers and let your child try to place pieces of pipe cleaner into their appropriate holes. 

For older children, you can extend this activity to include larger objects from around your home! Turn it into a scavenger hunt of sorts, setting up different crates designated for each color that you choose and instructing your child to go around the house collecting objects that can go into each crate.


A Look at Literacy Development

Metro Parent has provided some great tips on helping your child become aware of all of the many colors that exist in our surroundings. Try out a couple of these helpful teaching tips. Even if your child is very tiny, you can still point out colors in your surroundings and describe them as you move through the world.