Before Colors

Where Pigments and Dyes Come From


From an award-winning author, an oversize nonfiction picture book exploring pigments and dyes made from natural sources—across time and around the world


ISBN: 9781419757068 Category:

Annette Bay Pimentel


Colors don’t come out of nothing.
They always start somewhere . . .
With something . . .
With someone.

Additional information

Weight 964 g
Dimensions 26.1 x 37.4 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 8 June 2023
Number of pages 88
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Madison Safer
Dimensions 26.1 x 37.4 cm
Weight 964 g


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Annette Bay Pimentel is the author of several nonfiction picture books, including the Schneider Family Book Award honor book All the Way to the Top, Pura’s Cuentos, and Before Music. She lives in Moscow, Idaho.
Madison Safer (she/her) is a queer illustrator whose work is inspired by Russian folk art, Jewish paper cuttings, quilt patterns, and the quiet woods of New England. She received her bachelor of fine arts in illustration studies from Montserrat College of Art. She is also the illustrator of Before Music: Where Instruments Come From.