The Big Book of Color from Walter Foster Jr.


A lot of parents have asked me to teach art lessons to their kids.  Unfortunately, I’m not a very good teacher, so I usually suggest buying some books, finding art lessons online, or enrolling in a local studio class.

I haven’t seen many good art books for young children, so I was really excited to get The Big Book of Color in the mail.  I’ve been using it to teach my own kids about color.

It’s a simple book with simple lessons aimed at kids ages 5 and up.  It starts by going over the color wheel and what primary, secondary, and tertiary colors are.  It also discusses hue, value, and color schemes (like analogous and complementary).  It’s written in very simple, easy to understand language.  It has an activities to reinforce the lessons. 

The majority of the book is dedicated to going over individual colors, discussing facts about the color, and a simple how-to-draw tutorial for each one.  I would have liked to see more activities and chances for kids to play with color.  The book is good, but it would have been great with more hands-on opportunities. 

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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About the Book:

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Big Book Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Jr; Act Clr Cs edition (January 6, 2015)

The Big Book of Color introduces children to the art and science of color through a fun and engaging, easy-to-understand approach. With The Big Book of Color, young artists will be treated to an in-depth exploration of the wonderful world of color through simple step-by-step projects and unique educational content. Commencing with an introduction to color basics, children will learn about the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, color mood, and much more. Young artists will also learn how to combine two colors to create new colors. Additionally, they will discover how to use a monochromatic color scheme; pair complementary colors for impact; and all about the various tints, tones, and shades of their favorite colors. The Big Book of Color also invites children to dive into the main color groups and explore the various shades of red, green, blue, yellow, purple, and pink through a range of artwork and a series of colorful, fun step-by-step projects. Myriad creative exercises and projects throughout the book make learning color concepts fun and applicable, while perforated pages make it easy to display new masterpieces. With a plethora of fun projects, easy-to-understand concepts, and pages bursting with color, The Big Book of Color is sure to be a hit for young readers and budding artists everywhere.

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    Claudine G.
    April 10, 2015 at 1:11 am

    I've been reading up on watercolour painting but they aren't books meant for children. But one of the chapters they devote to is Colours. The Big Book of Color seems like a good place to start for all young artists!

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      April 11, 2015 at 12:48 am

      I love watercolor books, but you're right, there isn't much out there for children. That's why I was so excited to see this book!

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    Tina at
    April 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I've been thinking of getting this book to use with my kids. I appreciate your thoughts on it! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

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    April 23, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Sounds like a great starter book for kids. I'm no artist, but this might work for my grandkids. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    Marjorie (MWD)
    April 26, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I hear what you say about more hands on activities but I do like the sound of this book, and that it goes into each colour in depth… the cover really stands out! #kidlitbloghop

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