Pantone colours may ensure you get what you want from your printer, but they can also be used to teach pre-school kids their first words. Pantone Colours from Abrams Appleseed is a hardy picturebook featuring illustrations based around shades of a single colour, accompanied by a grid of swatches of the reference shades.

The book has already proved a big hit with my one-year-old daughter Alice – she both loves flipping through it, and hasn't managed to damage it yet through slapping and throwing it.

Pantone Colours is currently just over a fiver at Amazon.