My Colors, My World - Mis Colores, Mi Mundo

My Colors, My World by Maya Gonzalez

By Maya Gonzalez
published 2007 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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“[Gonzalez’s] paintings are big and bold, fanciful and exuberant, and should inspire kids to look for the colors in their world, too.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Maya longs to find brilliant, beautiful color in her world. But when the wind blows, desert sand covers everything, and turns her whole neighborhood the color of dust.

Maya's Feather Friend - The Purple Bird - My Colors, My WorldWith the help of a feathered friend, Maya searches high and low to find the colors in her world. And she does—in the vibrant purple of her Mama’s flowers, the juicy green of a prickly cactus, the hot pink clouds at sunset, and the shiny black of her Papi’s hair.

As they follow Maya’s search for all the colors of the rainbow, little readers will be inspired to look around and ask themselves, where can I find the colors in my world?

The 2008 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Award Winner, My Colors, My World was the first book that Maya both wrote and illustrated.

The understory:

The girl is looking for herself after an event that has changed everything in her world. Her world has gone flat and colorless. In looking for color in her world, she actually finds her own reflection and beauty in the world around her.

Medium: Acrylic


  • Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Award
  • Américas Award Commended Title
  • Texas 2×2 Reading List Selection, Texas Library Association
  • Críticas Magazine’s Best Children and YA Books of 2007
  • International Latino Book Awards, Best Children’s Picture Book, Bilingual, 2nd Place

Lesson Plan ideas:

  • check out this lesson plan download from PBS Kids’ “Between the Lions” Read Aloud Club using My Colors, My World.