Spring is around the corner and it’s a great time for a rainbow reading challenge. Whether you want to do this challenge in the classroom or send it home for families, young children will enjoy listening and reading books.
Rainbow Reading Challenge
The Nuts and Bolts of the Challenge
This is pretty easy! Read a book each day for a week that has a color word in the title or the cover of the book is the designated color of the day. We have a FREE booklist and challenge sheet for you below towards the bottom of the post.
Day 1- Books About Rainbows
Day 2- Red Day
Day 3- Orange Day
Day 4- Yellow Day
Day 5- Green Day
Day 6- Blue Day
Day 7- Indigo and Violet Day
See…easy peasy! You can share the books you enjoy with kids on social media and use the hashtag #ReadtheRainbowChallenge and/or track your progress on the free printable (see the green download button towards the bottom of this post to download.)
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Now for the fun part. Here is some book inspiration to get you started.
Though this challenge can be adapted for all ages, the books I’ve included below fit well for young children.
Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell
End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad by Welsh, Moore, and Puzniak
A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
My Color is Rainbow by Agnes Hsu
How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
The Red Lemon by Bob Staake
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
The Big Orange Splot by D. Manus Pinkwater
Each Orange Had Eight Slices by Paul Giganti Jr.
An Orange for Frankie by Patrica Polacco (a good one for elementary)
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni- Try this sensory writing tray for Little Blue and Little Yellow too.
Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert Munsch
Blue vs Yellow by Tom Sullivan
Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel
Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberly
Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Jamaica’s Blue Marker by Juanita Havill
Indigo/Violet (or Purple)
Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
*Early chapter book readers may enjoy The Rainbow Series by Daisy Meadows.
Grab Your Rainbow Challenge Sheet FREE Printable
Use this book list and challenge sheet to find and record the books you enjoy and track your progress. Celebrate with a rainbow fruit salad on the last day. Just click the green “Click Here to Get Your Free Printable” button below, enter your email, and it will be sent to you right away to download. Or CLICK HERE.