Penguins Love Colors is an adorable story of colourful love. My daughter loved it a little too much…

Title: Penguins Love Colors
Author and Illustrator: Sarah Aspinall
Rating: 8
From author for review

Description from Goodreads:

With colors as bright as sunshine, six little penguins paint a bold, cheerful surprise for Mama Penguin on a beautiful snowy-white landscape.

Mama loves brightly colored flowers and her little penguins too! Tulip, Tiger Lily, Dandelion, Bluebell, Violet and Broccoli use red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, and green to color in their snowy world and paint a colorful surprise for Mama. Will she know who painted what? Of course she will! But will YOU know?

Simple language and arresting, graphic illustrations introduce readers to the six primary and secondary colors and the adorable antics of six creative little penguins. A lively text, asking children to participate by answering questions, makes this an engaging, heartwarming story that is perfect for bedtime, story time, or anytime.

What I Thought:

Funny story about reviewing this book…

Usually when I get a book to review I stick it up on a shelf in my bedroom where the kids can’t get to it before I take a picture of it. (I learned this the hard way after a very tragic encounter between There is a Tribe of Kids, my toddler, and a crayon. Thank goodness for book jackets.) I’ll still read the not-yet-photographed books at bed time, but they aren’t allowed to just go for them in a free-for-all.

Anywho, I had completely forgotten that I still hadn’t reviewed Penguins Love Colors because it wasn’t on my shelf anymore. Which means my daughter must have pulled in a stool, grabbed it off the shelf, and hidden it in her bedroom! The turkey! To be fair, her favourite things in the world are rainbows and penguins, so it must have been pretty tempting just sitting up there.

But I’ve since rescued the book, and because my four-year-old had it and not the toddler, it’s still in immaculate condition. On to the review!

Penguins Love Colors is an adorably bright and bold picture book. I loved how each penguin had the name of a flower, and that Aspinal included Broccoli for the green one. This book is perfect for teaching preschoolers or even younger (my toddler loves it too) their colours.

The story is simple and engaging, but the real stars of the show are the cute little penguins. I love Aspinall’s illustration style, and it is great for keeping children’s attention. The text also includes questions to further engage children, which my daughter loved answering.

There are countless activities you could do with this book, but since we live in Canada I thought I’d give snow painting a try. This was the perfect companion for that! We love it!


Check out Sarah Aspinall’s website for awesome extras, including a curriculum guide and printable activities!
Also look at this adorable illustration from the book! I just want to squish them!


Adorable beret-wearing penguins create masterpieces for their mama.