Rainbow Boy

by Taylor Rouanzion (Author) Stacey Chomiak (Illustrator)

Rainbow Boy
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A story about a boy with a heart too big for one color alone.

A little boy attempts to answer one of grown-ups' all-time favorite questions: "What's your favorite color?" But with so many wonderful colors to choose from, he doesn't know how to answer. He loves his pink sparkly tutu, bright red roses, soft yellow baby doll pajamas, and big, orange basketball. How will he ever pick?

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Publishers Weekly

Inspired by Rouanzion's gender nonconforming child, this picture book interrogates the habit of assigning colors and activities to a specific gender. When adults ask the unnamed protagonist, who has variegated brown hair and tan skin, the " 'favorite color' question," the child offers a different hue for each day of the week, corresponding to favorite pastimes: on Sundays, pink is their favorite color, as they enjoy "play ballerina," while Tuesdays are for orange and basketball. But when grown-ups persist in asking for a single favorite color, the protagonist turns to their mother for affirmation: "Your heart is just too big for one color alone. You need a whole rainbow to fill it up." Dynamic digital illustrations by Chomiak highlight the child's energy and imagination. While the ending feels slightly abrupt, the narrative clearly encourages readers to avoid projecting limiting binary social norms. Ages 3-5. (Jan.)

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Beaming Books
Publication date
January 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Family life
Sex role

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