The Color Thief

A Family's Story of Depression

A child recounts his experience of losing his father to depression in this poignant and beautifully illustrated picture book. The boy’s father disappears into a world without color. As the father seeks help, color begins to reappear and with it hope. An ideal book for parents and caregivers to share with children to help them make sense of the devastating effects that depression can cause.

  • 9780807512746
  • September 2015

Other Places to Buy


  • Younger children struggling to cope with parental illness, particularly their own misplaced feelings of guilt, may draw comfort from the upbeat ending…likely to be more effective than many other bibliotherapeutic titles.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • This thoughtful, well illustrated story does a wonderful job detailing both the pain a child can feel, as well as positive solutions for families with similar dynamics.

    - School Library Connection

Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 Social Justice Literature Award, International Literacy Association


    Common Core

    SL.3.1,1c,1d,2,3,4,6 L.3.3,3a,3b,4,4a,5,5a,5b,5c,6 W.3.1,2,3,4,7,8,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7


    • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
    • ATOS Level: 2.6