Book Nook – Leo Lionni

Book Nook – Leo Lionni

Over the next few weeks I plan to share books with Bug, Fairy and Pixie by author and illustrator Leo Lionni. I have quite a few of his books in my collection including:

It’s Mine

An Extraordinary Egg

Fish is Fish


Little Blue and Little Yellow

Inch by Inch


Matthew’s Dream

A Color of His Own

Lionni was born in Holland in 1919 and in 1939 moved with his family to the United States. He had a very successful career as a commercial graphic artist. In 1959 he published his first book, Little Blue and Little Yellow, and went on to author and illustrate over thirty children’s books, many of them award winners.

Children love Leo Lionni’s books. His use of mixed media and collage are visually stimulating and their simplicity allows children’s imaginations to elaborate scenes. His stories have simple morals about sharing, cooperating and self acceptance. Although they are classified as Reading Level 1, his vocabulary can be challenging with words like momentum, inseparable, and impatiently, and beginning readers will need help achieving fluency.

These books lend themselves well to sharing many different artistic techniques, both visual and written. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of our projects we will be doing. If you would like to join us, head out to the library or check out the above links to Amazon, and grab a handful of his delightful books.



  1. My children and I have long loved Leo Lionni. I’m excited to see the projects you share. Everything you do is always so special!

  2. I love his books. I’m excited to see the projects you come up with.

  3. Oh I love Leo Lionni’s books! Our family favorite is “Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse”. Looking forward to your posts! 🙂

    1. I have never read that one but since you are singing its praise, I’m going to soon… real soon 🙂

  4. We love Leo Lionni! Little Blue and Little Yellow is my absolute favorite. Keep your eyes peeled for A Color of His Own. I found a board book copy on clearance at Target a couple of years ago. There are probably still a handful of copies floating around out there.

    1. Fortunately, I do own a copy of A Color of His Own, but sadly, it is out of print at this time for those that haven’t read it. There were a number of them for resale, however, on Amazon, too.

      1. we got our copy of ‘a color of his own’ through the scholastic magazine that my son brought home from school. love that book!

  5. Fish is Fish is one of my favorites! The copy my kids have is the exact one that I had when I was growing up. 🙂

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