As soon as Spring begins, we love the idea of warmer weather, the sun poking through the clouds and flowers budding. But don’t forget the rainbows! We love rainbows! Don’t you? In this post, we share some of our favorite picture books about rainbows that your family will enjoy reading together. For super fun activities to go along with these books, check out our Ultimate Guide to Rainbow Sensory Play Activities.
The book listed are great for preschoolers and kindergartners. Please click the photos to learn more about each book. *This post contains affiliate links to the products mentioned. (read our full disclosure here).
Fun Kids Books About Rainbows
Take a look at this list. We love them all, so it’s hard to pinpoint one as our favorite. I will tell you, though, that What Makes a Rainbow? is the one that holds my daughter’s attention the most. It has ribbons in the colors of the rainbow and as you turn the page, a new colored ribbon appears until you get to see the entire rainbow at the end of the book. It is phenomenal!
My Color is Rainbow – Our newest favorite, this charming story takes you on a journey with Little White Arch as he searches for a color to be. He meets all the colors on his journey. In the end, Little White Arch chooses to be his own kind of color. My Color is Rainbow shares a positive message about being unique. It celebrates diversity and teaches kids how we are not defined by one, but many wonderful characteristics. The illustration are playful, colorful, and whimsical giving kids interesting things to talk about while reading the story together.
How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow – We haven’t read this one yet, but it looks absolutely adorable and the illustrations are just darling.
Penguins Love Colors – Because Penguins! 😉 Explore primary and secondary colors with penguins named after flowers: Tulip, Tiger Lily, Dandelion, Bluebell, Violet and Broccoli.
Planting a Rainbow – This book walks kids through the process of growing plants… all in the colors of a rainbow!
A Rainbow of My Own – This is a classic kids book about a small boy imagines what it would be like to have his own rainbow to play with.
Little Owl’s Colors – We LOVE the Little Owl series! The illustrations are just darling.
Elmer and the Rainbow – Join this much loved book character on his thoughts about giving up his colors to the rainbow that lost its’ colors.
Colorful crafts to go along with these rainbow books:
- Follow Your Rainbow Printable
- Fingerprint Rainbow
- Bubble Wrap Printed Rainbow
- Handprint Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony Craft
- Rainbow Gold Coin Crayon Rubbings
- Cute Paper Rainbow
Which picture books about rainbows have you enjoyed reading? Which do you think your kids will like the most or pick to read first?
*Originally published 2/25/17 and updated 1/23/2021.