San Francisco, CA—Maya loves the orange marigolds in her garden, swaying on her red swing, and the velvety blue of the night sky. As she explores her world, Maya introduces the littlest readers-to-be to a rainbow of different colors. Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this board book version of My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo celebrates the colors that fill one child’s daily life with wonder.
Children will recognize themselves in little Maya, and their own worlds in the colors she points out on each page. Squishy brown mud is cool to the touch, a pink sunset lights up the sky over Maya’s street. Little readers need only to open their eyes and look around to find the colors in their own world.
In My Colors, My World, Maya Christina Gonzalez offers a simple, reassuring story about finding color and beauty everywhere we look. Her paintings glow with vivid hues and lush detail. The text was developed in consultation with a group of early literacy specialists to match the social, cognitive, and emotional development levels of children ages 1–4 years old.
- The original picture book format of My Colors, My World has sold over 22,000 copies since it was published in 2007.
- Books illustrated by Gonzalez have been honored with the Pura Belpré, Tomás Rivera, and Parents’ Choice awards.
- Nearly 25% of children younger than 5 are Latino. Despite this fact, very few board books about colors are bilingual in English and Spanish.
- The board book edition of My Colors, My World will be the first of many board books to be published by Children’s Book Press as part of its Early Literacy Initiative, a multi-year plan to fill the ever increasing need for quality bilingual books for children ages 0 to 5.
Maya Christina Gonzalez is a widely exhibited fine artist renowned for her vivid imagery of strong women and girls. She has illustrated children’s books since the late 1990s and her artwork has also appeared on the cover of Contemporary Chicano/a Art. She lives and plays in San Francisco, California. My Colors, My World was the first book she both wrote and illustrated.
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