My Colores/Mis Colores is a bilingual board book that teaches readers basic colors and vocabulary words in English and Spanish. Each set of pages follows a formula: the left-hand page names a color in both English and Spanish, with the entire page bathed in that color; the right-hand page offers a cut-paper image in that color, set off against a white background and described in English and Spanish. The author utilizes a cut-paper technique that adds depth and interest to the objects, and the white backgrounds make them pop off the page. The colors and objects featured side by side provide a visual link for children – the sun is yellow; frogs are green; apples are red. Fonts describing colors are large and bold in a Times Roman-type font; object descriptions are smaller, in the same font type.
Encourage older toddlers and young preschoolers to pronounce the words during a read-aloud. There are also bilingual printables on many learning websites that children can color. The author’s website offers more information on her books and artwork.