Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors

A book cover with two children standing next to a plant.

Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors (2014)
Author: Roseanne Thong, Illustrator: John Parra
Publisher: Chronicle Books, Age: 2 to 5

Green is a chile pepper, spicy and hot. Green is cilantro inside our pot. In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, but all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child’s day!

"A fun dive into culture and vocabulary (both English and Spanish) as well as color. And one more thing: the art work is just amazing!"—New York Family

"Bold illustrations, rhyming words and Spanish color words make this a special read for preschoolers. An included Spanish glossary highlights cultural facts that make this a great read for older children as well."—Spartenburg Herald-Journal

"Buoyant rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud. stunning folk-art illustrations offer vibrant scenes that children will return to again and again"—School Library Journal, starred review

"Very rare picture book featuring Latino kiddos. Lovely on the eye. Rhymes to boot."—Eizabeth Bird, New York Times Public Library Collections Specialist

Pura Belpré Honors Award, ALA
Notable Children's Book, ALA
International Latino Book Awards: Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book & Best Educational Children’s Picture Book Honor, Latino Literary Now
Américas Book Award: Commended, CLASP
Bank Street: Best Books of the Year for Children
Land of Enchantment Nominees NM 2017/18 Roadrunner
Best Multicultrual Books of 2014, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature
"Starred Review", School Library Journal
Original Art Show Selection, NY Society of Illustrators
PBS SoCal Favorite Kids Books 2022

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