No One Owns the Colors (Hardcover)

No One Owns the Colors By Gianna Davy, Brenda Rodriguez (Illustrator) Cover Image

No One Owns the Colors (Hardcover)

By Gianna Davy, Brenda Rodriguez (Illustrator)


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Bookstagang Best of 2023 Picture Book Award Winner | Best Read Aloud

For every young artist scolded for using the “wrong” color crayon, every boy teased for wearing a pastel shirt, every girl denied blue shoes, here’s the perfect response: All colors are for everyone. Just ask Nature!

No One Owns the Colors is a lively celebration of self-expression and a bolstering invitation to advocate for your special uniqueness.

The unnamed and non-gendered narrator shows us that colors are simply part of our natural world. No bit of the spectrum—from pink and blue to scarlet and chartreuse—is meant to be claimed by any one gender or being or culture. Color is not something that can be right or wrong, or better or worse.

Inspired by school yard experiences of the author's own children, this melodic, rhythmic text provides the words and the confidence readers may need if someone says that their color—be it skin, shirt, shoes, or simply the crayon they love most—is wrong.
Gianna Davy, a professional ballerina by age 16, adventured her way across stages for the majority of her life before settling down to start a family. Today she lives in northern California, where she teaches movement, makes jewelry, hugs her children, and belts out karaoke in the car.

Brenda Rodriguez is an illustrator, designer, and recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Her whimsical illustrations are influenced by spaces and events in her own life. Originally from Miami, Brenda now resides in Washington, DC with her partner, Gabe.
Product Details ISBN: 9781951412968
ISBN-10: 1951412966
Publisher: The Collective Book Studio
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
"No One Owns the Colors is an engaging, brightly illustrated children’s book celebrating the beauty of all colors and the parts they play in our lives. This book can be used as a conversation-starter for parents wanting to introduce this important concept of the value of diversity to their young kids."
— Jill C. Dardig, Professor Emerita at Ohio Dominican University, author of Let's Make a Contract: A Positive Way to Change Your Child's Behavior

"Throughout, singsong text takes a circular approach to celebrating Earth’s variety of hues, and images and words jointly pay tribute to the way the natural world and its many colors can unite."
Publishers Weekly

"Well-suited and boldly colored illustrations bring the text to life and could have children reaching for the biggest box of crayons they can find to capture all the colors that are a part of their own identities. Combining nature and self-expression, this title will be useful for all collections and should spark lively discussions with children and even older elementary readers."
School Library Journal