Red is Best 25th Anniversary Edition Share this with a friend

by Kathy Stinson
illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis

Top 32 Canadian Books for Children, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 100 Best Canadian Kids’ Books, Today’s Parent Magazine

Red is Best gets it right. This is a true children’s classic.” —Ken Setterington, author, storyteller, Children and Youth Advocate for the Toronto Public Library

“Delightful.” —School Library Journal

Young Kelly’s mom doesn’t understand about red. Sure, the brown mittens are warmer, but the red mitts make better snowballs. And the red boots aren’t just for rain; they take bigger steps in any weather. And, yes! a green cup does make a difference … juice tastes better in the red cup. No doubt about it, red is best.

Kathy Stinson’s classic tale of one toddler’s obstinate color preference has been charming readers for 25 years now. With over 275,000 copies in print, Red is Best has steadily marched its way to become a children’s book classic. Now a new generation of readers can discover Stinson’s insistent young heroine, aptly captured in the simple drawings by Robin Baird Lewis, each punctuated by the right dazzle of red.

With its plucky charm presented in a redesigned interior, and a special cover commemorating the book’s 25th anniversary, the re-release of Red is Best is sure to be a red-letter day.



“Stinson’s storyline is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago. The illustrations . . . will appeal to today’s highly visual children. [T]his reissue will be thoroughly enjoyed by the pre-school and early years readers just as the original was . . . recommend[ed] for purchase by school and public libraries and as an addition to a child’s personal library.”
—Resource Links, 10/06

“A classic, timeless and fantastic children’s book.”
—Pickle Me This, 09/24/15