Looking for some wonderful books about rainbows for the kids? You’re going to love this list.
Rainbows are beautiful reminders of the amazing things that can happen in the world. And they are a fun way to teach kids about colors. This list of rainbow books for kids are full of board books and picture books that introduce kids about colors, as well as the science and beauty of rainbows.
20 Children’s Books about Rainbows
How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow was written by Monica Sweeney and illustrated by Feronia Parker-Thomas. When the Sun and the Clouds get into an argument, they refuse to be in the sky together, which removes all colors from the world. Can one little box of crayons save the day and bring color back into the world?
A Rainbow of My Own was written by Don Freeman. This story follows a little boy who just wants to play with a rainbow. But when he can’t catch one, he is thrilled to discover one waiting for him on the walls of his home.
Rainbow (Weather Ready-to-Reads) was written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by John Wallace. This early reader uses simple text and gentle, colorful illustrations to introduce kids to rainbows and where they come from.
Curious George Discovers the Rainbow by H.A. Rey follows the popular monkey as he learns about rainbows. The story and the sidebars include fun facts and experiments to extend the learning.
Rainbows (Amazing Sights of the Sky) was written by Martha E.H. Rustad. This nonfiction book pairs simple text with clear photographs to teach kids about the science behind rainbows.
My Color Is Rainbow was written by Agnes Hsu and illustrated by Yuliya Gwilym. Follow Little White Arch as he explores the colors and tries to find which color he is meant to be.
Planting a Rainbow was written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. This colorful guide to flowers highlights the different types of blooms for each color of the rainbow, and the joys of watching a garden as it grows.
Moonbear’s Skyfire was written by Frank Asch. When Bear looks out his window and sees a rainbow, he is worried that the sky is on fire. But Little Bird is more concerned with finding the pot of gold at the end.
Little Owl’s Colors was written by Divya Srinivasan. This board book follows the adorable Little Owl around the forest, exploring the many colors found there.
The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow was written by Sean Callahan and illustrated by Nancy Cote. Join a young girl named Colleen as she helps Roy G Biv the leprechaun to find his lost rainbow.
Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed) was written by Ged Adamson. When a rainbow appears in the sky, a young girl named Ava makes a wish that it will stay. But when it sticks around, she learns that sometimes things are made more valuable when they are rare.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Minnie’s Rainbow was written by Sheila Sweeny Higginson. Join Minnie Mouse and her friends as they explore the colors of the rainbow. The rhyming text highlights the colors found in the rainbow, and the back of the book includes a mirror for creating your own.
Elmer and the Rainbow was written and illustrated by David McKee. When a rainbow loses its colors, Elmer the patchwork elephant wants to give his own to make up for it.
Colors with Ladybug (Learn with a Ladybug) was written by Dawn Sirett. This board book encourages little ones to trace the finger trails in the illustrations to help Little Ladybug find sparkly boots in every color of the rainbow.
Rainbow Colors was written by Juliana Perdomo. This colorful board book uses simple rhyming text and bright illustrations to teach kids about the colors of the rainbow through familiar items of each color.
Rainbow Rangers: Rockin’ Rainbow Colors was written by Summer Greene. Join the Rainbow Rangers as they introduce young readers to the colors of the rainbow in this tabbed board book.
All the Colors of the Rainbow was written by Allan Fowler. This early reading nonfiction book introduces little ones to the science behind rainbows with easy to read text.
Light Makes a Rainbow was written by Sharon Coan. This easy to read book teaches kids about rainbows and how they are made. The book includes an index, a glossary, and more nonfiction text features.
Bake a Rainbow Cake! was written by Amirah Kassem. This interactive board book encourages little ones to bake a brightly colored cake with all the colors of the rainbow.
Goodnight, Rainbow Cats was written by Barbara Castro Urio. It’s almost bedtime, and one by one, cats of each color of the rainbow go into the big white house to go to bed. The die-cut windows add more color to each page.
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