Author: Sarah Aspinall
Illustrator: Sarah Aspinall
Category: Children's

SIX LITTLE PENGUINS love colors, and they also love their mama! In pictures as bright as sunshine, imaginative little penguins use bold splashes of paint to vividly transform their white, icy world . . . as they create a very special surprise for Mama. Simple language helps children learn to identify colors, and a joyful, loving conclusion celebrates this penguin family’s happy sense of accomplishment . . . followed by a nap-time snuggle in Mama’s warm, comfortable lap!

Everything is black and white until six little penguins pick up their paintbrushes and change their snowy world into a colorful garden of flowers and rainbows! Come along with TULIP, TIGER LILY, DANDELION, VIOLET, BLUEBELL, and BROCCOLI, and join the fun!

Do you think these six little penguins will make a mess?



Mama loves brightly colored flowers and her little penguins too! Tulip, Tiger Lily, Dandelion, Bluebell, Violet and Broccoli use red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, and green to color in their snowy world and paint a wonderful surprise for Mama. Will she know who painted what? Of course she will! But will YOU know?

Simple language and arresting, graphic illustrations introduce readers to the six primary and secondary colors and the adorable antics of six creative little penguins. A lively text, asking children to participate by answering questions, makes this an engaging, heartwarming story that is perfect for bedtime, story time, or anytime.

Penguins Love Colors Trailer from Cynthia Nugent on Vimeo.


Sarah Aspinall

Debut author/illustrator of the picture book


Scholastic Book Club

Foreign Licenses: Complex Chinese

Bilingual Spanish edition to come!

Rights Retained: ISBN: 978-0545876544
Price: $17.99
CopyrightDate: 2016


“Using six baby penguins covered in paint, Aspinall introduces colors and flowers in this bright-eyed book … with an exuberant cast of characters.”


Six little penguins make a joyous, creative mess for their mama in this charming celebration of color.


I loved the idea of Broccoli as one of the names. As soon as I read it, my son gasped and insisted that broccoli was not a flower. It was such a great teachable moment for him and it really helped connect the colors and story to things he sees around him. In case you are wondering there is a note on the copyright page that explains in detail about broccoli being a vegetable flower, with the part that we eat being the flower. My son very kindly told me he would share some broccoli flowers with me next time we had them for dinner. Yay me!