Occasionally, I like to highlight one of our favorite books. I ran across My Many Colored Days at the library and my kids and I enjoyed it so much that we decided to add it to our library. I'm not always in love with Dr. Seuss. I like many of his books, but the language can get a little annoying after multiple readings (am I the only one?). This book is such an exception. The text is much more mature, but still appealing to my toddler and preschooler. I love reading it over and over to my children.
The text is about feelings and moods and connects them to the colors around us. I love how it moves through so many different emotions: happy and sad, mad and silly. It is a wonderful starting point for talking about feelings. I also like how it deals with emotions in such a natural way.
The illustrations are beautiful with bright, vivid colors and each page brings with it a new animal to help illustrate the colors and moods. Today, I used the book to work on color recognition with Jellybean. I asked her to find something in her room that matched the color on each page. It was so fun watching her run around the room looking for something blue, yellow or red. I actually think we made some progress as well.
It feels rare to me to find a children's book with such depth. If you haven't checked this Dr. Seuss out, definitely do.