My great-aunt is an educated world traveller, who continues to inspire me to work hard and enjoy life. She also loves to color and extols the benefits of the activity whenever she can. Over the years, the trend toward grown-up coloring books has evolved from this strange thing that only strange grown-ups do, to an endearing hobby that brings out the child inside of us. Coloring is known to promote creativity, relieve stress, generate wellness, and stimulate the brain. Recently, I came across a few of these awesome coloring books for grown-ups and had to share. I think I’ll pick one up for my Auntie. Help me decide which one in the comments below.
xoxo C. Diva
There’s a whole universe of body types out there, and they all deserve to be represented. This coloring book features eighteen fat scifi heroines doing what they do best: trekking across the time and space, blasting off into adventure, and saving the day (from Amazon).
Re-creating nursery rhymes and fairy tales, this radical activity book takes anecdotes from the lives of real kids and mixes them with classic tales to create true-to-life characters, situations, and resolutions. Featuring massive beasts who enjoy dainty, pretty jewelry and princesses who build rocket ships, this fun-for-all-ages coloring book celebrates those who do not fit into disempowering gender categorizations, from sensitive boys to tough girls (from Amazon).
This book has a collection of well known feminists like writer Lindy West and comedian/writer Jenny Yang and everyday badass feminists that you haven’t met yet, but who have awesome things to say. These people are writers, comedians, mothers, daughters, sex workers. There are feminists of different ages, races, body types, gender identities – this is the intersectional feminist coloring book you’ve been waiting for (from @IjeomaOlua‘s Kickstarter).
This beautiful and interactive coloring book features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting to be brought to life with color. As added entertainment, tiny garden creatures are hidden on the pages, waiting to be found, and a key and index are included in the back. The book’s cover and jacket are also colorable (from Amazon).
Unicorns think they’re so great because they’re all mysterious and magical, but they can be real jerks sometimes. This coloring book features eighteen examples of unicorns texting in theaters, farting in elevators, eating your leftovers, and generally acting like jerks (from Amazon).