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On Coloring Books

Say the words "coloring book" and most people conjure childhood memories of kitchen tables or classroom desks covered in crayons, markers, or (if they were lucky) paint and brushes. Coloring books, with the rare exception, were and are targeted at children. In most cases, I am sure, the publishers are not specifically targeting a Pagan audience. Nonetheless, there is a large number of coloring books which will appeal to adults and children from a variety of Pagan paths. Those that deal with mythology and ancient history, in particular, can be great resources for parents and teachers, inspiring kids to ask questions about the hero or God or Goddess or culture before them. 

I still love coloring books. Perhaps that makes me odd, but there is nothing quite like returning to a favorite childhood activity after a stressful day of adulthood. It is comforting and reassuring. My latest acquisition is The ABCs of Lesser-Known Goddesses: An Art Nouveau Coloring Book for Kids of All Ages by W Lyon Martin. The twenty-six Goddesses included here are from cultures all over the world: Roman (Aestas, Pax), Chibche (Bachue), Greek (Chimera, Leucothea, the Moerae, Nike), Chinese (The Dark Maid, Wang Mu), Celtic (Flidais, Gula), Hittitte (Hannahanna), Cherokee (Igaehindvo), Semitic (Jerah), Egyptian (Kebechet, Opet), Incan (Quinoa-Mama), Hindu (Raka, Ushas, Vasudhara), Shinto (Tatsuta-Hime), Aztec (Xochiquetzal), Aboriginal (Yhi) and Russian (Zorya). I will definitely be doing research on some of these Goddesses.

Dover is one of the big coloring book publishers. Among my favorites in their mythology line are Goddesses Coloring Book,  Greek Gods and Goddesses, Norse Gods and Goddesses, The Adventures of Ulysses, Gods of Ancient Egypt, and Celtic Gods and Heroes. They also have an entire line of stained-glass coloring books, which can be great fun to tear out and hang in the window.

Dover also has a large selection of coloring books based on ancient history. The Life in Ancient ... [insert the culture of your choice here] ... includes books on Greece, Rome, Mexico, and Egypt, to name just a few. I particularly like the Wonders of the World book; check out that Colossus of Rhodes! 

Bellerophon Books is another big publisher of coloring books, as well as educational books in general. I particularly like their Ancient Near EastA Coloring Book of Ancient RomeGorgons and Amazons.

So, there you have them: just a very very few of the many coloring books of interest to a Pagan audience. Did I miss one of your favorites? Are there publishers targeting adults who still love their crayons? If so, let me know.

 

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Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary ezine Eternal Haunted Summer. She is also the editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina. She thinks it is incredibly unfair that she must work for a living rather than being able to read all day. In her next life, she would like to be a library cat.

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  • Kyrja
    Kyrja Thursday, 08 November 2012

    These are some GREAT choices - which I will happily share with others! May I also suggest "Rupert's Tales: The Wheel of the Year Activity Book?"
    http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=9780764340208

    We always give away crayons (and a coloring page of Rupert the rabbit) at each of our events, because we know how much so VERY many people (no matter their age) love to color!

    Kyrja
    Friend of Rupert

  • Kyrja
    Kyrja Thursday, 08 November 2012

    These are some GREAT choices - which I will happily share with others! May I also suggest "Rupert's Tales: The Wheel of the Year Activity Book?"
    http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=9780764340208

    We always give away crayons (and a coloring page of Rupert the rabbit) at each of our events, because we know how much so VERY many people (no matter their age) love to color!

    Kyrja
    Friend of Rupert

  • Kyrja
    Kyrja Thursday, 08 November 2012

    These are some GREAT choices - which I will happily share with others! May I also suggest "Rupert's Tales: The Wheel of the Year Activity Book?"
    http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=9780764340208

    We always give away crayons (and a coloring page of Rupert the rabbit) at each of our events, because we know how much so VERY many people (no matter their age) love to color!

    Kyrja
    Friend of Rupert

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