Colours, Numbers by Orla Kiely

Two books for all ages.

I know that these books will probably be aimed at parents with young children which is absolutely right. The clear contemporary images, and deceptively simple graphics make they very accessible to young children.

I love the gradations of each colour on the right hand page in the Colours book. This gives the reader chance to talk about how colours come in different hues. The layout just hangs together so well. I also like the combination of words to describe the objects on the page. Instead of the predictable combinations you get ‘yellow spoons’, purple house, red elephant and more besides (a bit of humour).

What a fantastic resource for schools and colleges when looking at creating books for younger children, as well as the use of everyday items to create contemporary design. I will certainly be using them with Primary age children to illustrate these points.

I googled Orla Kiely and see that her designs are very popular.


About booksfrommybookshelf

I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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