Pink was first used as a color name in the late 17th century, pink is a pale red color that got its name from a flower of the same name. Enjoy these Lititz Public Library offerings inspired by, or about, the color pink.
Pink in Language
While pink comes in numerous shades, its meanings vary, too.
- In the pink – This phrase refers to someone who is in top form, good health, or good condition.
- To see pink elephants – When someone “sees pink elephants” they are hallucinating due to too much drink.
- Pink slip – When an employer gives a person a pink slip it means they have been fired or dismissed from a job. The term was first recorded in the United States in 1915.
- Pink-collar worker – Refers to persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as “women’s work.”
- Pink Money – The term describes the economic spending power of the LGBT community. Other uses include “the pink pound” or “pink dollar.”
- Tickled pink – When one is exceptionally pleased, they are “tickled pink.”
PINK For Children
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco – Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops.
Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby – Pink, a piglet who is the runt of the litter, is adopted by Tink, a dachshund who is nursing a litter of her own, and Pink is raised in the house along with the puppies.
The Pink Party by Maryann MacDonald – Rose and Valentina’s friendship is jeopardized by a competition over who can have the most pink things.
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann – A little girl who is obsessed with the color pink eats so many pink cupcakes that she herself turns pink.
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane DeGroat – On Valentine’s Day, Gilbert brings a tin of homemade cookies and his original nice or nasty poems to school.
All Tutus Should Be Pink by Sheri Brownrigg – Two little girls attend ballet class and eat strawberry ice cream afterwards.
Annie and Snowball and the Pink Surprise by Cynthia Rylant – After noticing that a visiting hummingbird likes her pink petunias, Annie and her rabbit Snowball, accompanied by Henry and his dog Mudge, fill the garden with pink objects to attract more hummingbirds.
Pinky and Rex by James Howe – Rex and her best friend Pinky, each the proud possessor of twenty-seven stuffed animals or dinosaurs, find their visit to the museum and its gift shop complicated by Pinky’s little sister Amanda.Rex and her best friend Pinky, each the proud possessor of twenty-seven stuffed animals or dinosaurs, find their visit to the museum and its gift shop complicated by Pinky’s little sister Amanda.
Secret of the Pink Pokémon by Tracey West – Team Rocket’s setting traps to snare rare Pokémon, and Ash must stop them before Pikachu becomes Pink-achu.
Paula Danziger’s Amber Brown is tickled pink written by Bruce Coville and Elizabeth Levy – Nine-year-old Amber is nervous and excited about her mother’s wedding to Max, but Amber’s father makes things complicated.
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer – While fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes endeavors to save her friend Lady Cecily Alistair from an unwelcome arranged marriage, she meets with some assistance from her older brother, Sherlock, and interference by the eldest, Mycroft.
The Pink Ribbon Boys by Ryan M. Landis
Heather and the Pink Poodles by Marion Engle – The magic attic sends Heather to a televised talent contest in the 1950s, where she performs with a singing group called the Pink Poodles.
Pink: Seeing Pink All Around Us by Michael Dahl – Text and photographs describe common things that are pink including tongues, bubble gum, and candy hearts.
Rockabye baby! Lullaby renditions of Pink Floyd – A collection of lullabies inspired by Pink Floyd’s music with gentle instrumentation and soothing sounds.
Wee sing & learn colors by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp – Uses colorful farm characters in every size and shape to help children learn to identify colors.
Barbie and the pink shoes – Dance your way to a magical adventure with Barbie as Kristyn, a ballerina with big dreams! When she tries on a pair of sparkling pink shoes, she and her best friend, Hailey, are whisked away to a fantastical ballet world. There, Kristyn discovers she must dance in her favorite ballets in order to defeat an evil Snow Queen. With performances to the legendary Giselle and Swan Lake ballets, it’s a wonderful journey where if you dance with your heart, dreams come true!
PINK Books For Young Adults
Hot Pink: the life and fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli – Presents the life and accomplishments of the fashion designer, from her early life of poverty, to her successes in the Paris fashion world, her collaboration with well-known artists of her day, and the influence of her innovative designs on later fashion.
Harsh Pink: Color Me Burned by Melody Carlson – Reagan Mercer is just trying to fit in at her new high school when she bumps one of the most popular girls from the cheerleading squad, but when she eventually becomes part of the in-crowd, she finds their behavior–and her own–disturbing. Includes discussion questions.
PINK Books For Adults
The Russian Pink: a novel by Matthew Hart – When “The Russian Pink”, a stunningly large rose-hued diamond, makes a surprise appearance around the neck of Honey Li, the wife of surging presidential candidate Harry Nash, Alex Turner, an investigator for the Treasury Department’s diamond division and former C.I.A. agent, finds himself spiraling down a seemingly endless rabbit hole. A diamond like that always carries secrets, but the web of mystery behind “The Pink” is more complex than Alex could ever image. Starting with the trail of damage from botched sting operation, Alex wavers between legal and illegal tactics, friends, family, and foes to find out why a mysterious Russian double agent betrayed him and the diamond ended up on a potential path to the White House. For wherever the Russian Pink goes, secrecy, deception, and death surely follow.
Fix and Forget-it Pink Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good – Features more than seven hundred slow-cooker recipes, with options for breakfasts, snacks, soups, main dishes, desserts, and beverages, and includes stories, tips, photos, and recipes from breast-cancer survivors.
Murder of a Pink Elephant by Denise Swanson – Skye Denison, a school psychologist in Scumble River, Illinois, tries to clear her brother’s name when he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the lead singer of his band, the Pink Elephants, while elsewhere in town students are behaving very strangely, and a developer is trying to buy up farmland to build an amusement park.
Drunk Tank Pink: and other unexpected forces that shape how we think, feel,
and behave by Adam Alter – Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it’s no wonder that we resist the idea that we’re deeply influenced by our surroundings. As profound as they are, these effects are almost impossible to detect both as they’re occurring and in hindsight. Drunk Tank Pink is the first detailed exploration of how our environment shapes what we think, how we feel, and the ways we behave.
Little Pink House: A True Story About Defiance and Courage by Jeff Benedict – Describes Susette Kelo’s fight against the eminent domain process through which she nearly lost her home to pharmaceutical interests, and the controversial Supreme Court decision that resulted.
DVD PINK (1964) – A bumbling, disaster-prone inspector invades a Swiss ski resort and becomes obsessed with capturing a jewel thief hoping to lift the legendary ‘Pink Panther‘ diamond.
PRETTY IN PINK (1986) – A poor girl falls in love with a rich guy, and it angers both their families and their friends.
THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER (1975) – Inspector Clouseau is summoned to recover the world’s largest diamond, stolen from a seemingly secure museum, and focuses on an English peer as the most likely suspect.
PINK Music to Enjoy