Colors by Kira Wiley

Whew! I don’t know about everyone else but I’m hitting that point in the year when I feel like I have a million things to do and not enough time to do them.  There’s so many things I want to write about – the recent British Columbia Library Conference I attended, Summer Reading Club, some LGBTQ booklists I helped create…..  I do hope to write about those things at some point.  But today, I’m sharing something simple and fun: a new song.

Sometimes you find new storytime material in the most unlikeliest of places.  The other week I was watching 22 Minutes when during a commercial break I heard a lovely song that immediately caught my attention.  When I looked to the screen it was a commercial by Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism trying to get people to come visit the province.

The song it turns out is by a children’s musician names Kira Willey.  It is called “Colors” and it’s from her 2006 album Dance for the Sun.

Oh this song, this song!  It’s just so beautiful.  The melody is sweet and simple enough to pick up after only one listen.  I love the figurative language, particularly the chorus:

“I’m a rainbow today
All the colors of the world.
I’m a rainbow today
All the colors of the world.
I’m a rainbow today
All the colors of the world are in me.”

This song would be perfect for storytime. I imagine using it with scarves and having the kids wave their matching colour as the song progresses.   Or with a parachute during babytime. It’s a gentle song, perfect for the end of storytime or when you want to bring the kids’ energy back down.

What’s the most unusual place you’ve discovered a new storytime song or rhyme?

2 thoughts on “Colors by Kira Wiley

  1. This is one of my favorite albums to pull from for Storytime. We often end PreSchool with the Shimmy. One half of the CD are just her songs and the other half are the Yoga instructions for the songs.

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