Groundwood Books

The Black Book of Colors

Written by Menena Cottin • Illustrated by Rosana Faria

For kids 5 - 10 years old | Published June 01, 2008 | ISBN 9780888998736
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Senses & Sensation

Cover of The Black Book of Colors

Regular price $17.95 CAD

24 pages | 11.440 in × 7.000 in
Print Format

About this book

The Black Book of Colors

Menena Cottin • Rosana Faria

A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008

It is very hard for a sighted person to imagine what it is like to be blind. This groundbreaking, award-winning book endeavors to convey the experience of a person who can only see through his or her sense of touch, taste, smell or hearing.

Raised black line drawings on black paper, which can be deciphered by touch, complement a beautifully written text describing colors through imagery. Braille letters accompany the text so that the sighted reader can begin to imagine what it is like to use Braille to read. A full Braille alphabet at the end of the book can be used to learn more.

About the Creators

Menena Cottin

Menena Cottin studied design and illustration at the Pratt Institute in New York where she began writing books. Her most recent title, The Black Book of Colors, was selected as a School Library Journal Best Books of the Year. She lives in Venezuela.

Rosana Faria

Rosana Faria has illustrated many highly regarded children's books, but illustrating a book to be touched has been her greatest challenge. She lives in Caracas, Venezuela.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended VOYA Nonfiction Honor List, 2008
  • Commended New York Times Best Illustrated Books, 2008
  • Commended NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, 2009
  • Commended School Library Journal Best Books, 2008
  • Commended Booklist Editors' Choice - Books for Youth, 2008
  • Commended Booklist Top 10 Art Books for Youth, 2008