The Black Book of Colours

The Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin is the most unique picture book I've come across. Unlike traditional picture books about colours, this book invites readers to imagine colours through the perspective of a blind person, using a person's senses to describe each colour, rather than using bright, colourful pictures. "Red is sour like unripe strawberries and as sweet as watermelon. It hurts when he finds it on his scraped knee." All of the illustrations are black and raised on a black background, and the text is written in both English and Braille. The descriptions of each colour are sweet and childlike, and you can't help but to touch all of the beautifully designed illustrations and Braille on each page. There is even a full Braille alphabet on the back page for you and your students to have a look at and touch. Kathy, one of the members of

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Book Recommendations

I love books! So much in fact, that at one point I considered opening my own little book store. The economic realities of such a venture stopped me. I'm always looking for new books to add to my own private collection though. On my Facebook page we often have people asking for book recommendations. This post is something I've been wanting to do since I started Relief Teaching Ideas; create a list of book recommendations, made by teachers, for teachers! Thank you to all of those who contributed their favourite books that they like to use in the classroom. I've started compiling people's answers, adding them to some of my own, and now have this document to share. It is still very much a work in progress. There are so many more books that can be added and more learning opportunities that can be inspired by these pieces of literature!

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