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Coloring Books

Art purists are apt to criticize the use of coloring books as one more step in the democratization of art. Which is a fair criticism—coloring books were developed in the late-19th century as a means for bringing art instruction to the broader populace. The idea was that everyone, not just the elite or well-educated, could stand to benefit from learning basic art principles, and coloring books were a great place to start.

Or "paint books" as they were also called. Developers of the new medium used it to teach both children and adults concepts like coloring, tinting, shading, etc., with the intent of helping them toward greater understanding, and therefore increased appreciation and use of hidden talents. The only people who would complain about something as nice as that are codgers and snobs.

There have been plenty of both, but that hasn't stopped the spread and evolution of coloring books from a form of art instruction to an art form in their own right. Dover Coloring Books, for instance, are beautiful to look at even before they're colored in. Not that the initial intent of coloring books has been forgotten: the number of kids who've learned to draw because they first learned to stay in the lines is doubtless staggering.

We're all for the "democratization of art" insofar as it is represented by coloring books. Edith Schaeffer, in the book The Hidden Art of Homemaking, makes a biblical case for each Christian discovering and putting to good use the creative talents God has given them as part of creating man in His own image. Coloring books can and do help many find their hidden talent.

At Exodus Books, no one wants to be assigned the Coloring Books section during year-end inventory because we have so many of them. At over 500 titles, we think we have the biggest selection in Oregon—and we're always adding more. They're getting easier and more fun to browse as we continue to arrange and rearrange and re-rearrange the area, coming up with better ways to organize and display each title. Have fun browsing, and don't be shy about picking up some pencils and a coloring book no matter what your age and talents.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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3-D Designs - Coloring Book
by Wil Steganga
from Dover Publications
for 4th-Adult
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.99
365 Promises From God's Word In Color: Scripture and Coloring Pages
from Christian Art Publishers
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: ACB)
$9.99
Abraham Lincoln - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.99 $2.50 (1 in stock)
Advent Coloring Calendar
Clr Csm from Paraclete Press
for 3rd-Adult
in Christmas & Advent (Location: APO-02B)
$9.00
Adventures of Hercules - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bob Blaisdell & John Green
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: A02-02)
$3.99
Adventures of King Arthur - Coloring Book
by Arkady Roytman
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: A02-02)
Adventures of Ulysses - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: A02-02)
$3.99
Aesop's Fables - Coloring Book
by Aesop
illustrated edition from Dover Publications
for 1st-3rd grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
African Plains - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Diane Gaspas-Ettl
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Aircraft - Coloring Book
Educational Read & Color Books
by Peter & Linda Spizzirri
from Spizzirri Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Educational Read & Color Books (Location: A02-01)
$3.95
Airplanes of the Second World War - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Carlo Demand
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Airplanes of World War I - Coloring Book
by Carlo Demand
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Alaskan Wildlife - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Jan Sovak
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.99
Alexander Hamilton Coloring Book (April 2017)
by Steven James Petruccio
Clr Csm from Dover Publications
for 2nd-Adult
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
Alexander the Great Coloring Book
by John K. Anderson
from Bellerophon Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Ancient Greece (Location: B02-03A)
Alice in Wonderland - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Lewis Carroll & John Tenniel
from Dover Publications
Coloring Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: A02-02)
$4.99
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Coloring Book
by Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel
from Silver Dolphin
for 5th-Adult
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: A02-02)
$12.99
All About the Weather - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Amazing Animals - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Ruth Soffer
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Amazing Birds - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Ruth Soffer
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Amelia Earhart - Coloring Book
by Muriel Earhart Morrissey
from Bellerophon Books
for 3rd-7th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
America's First Ladies - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Leslie Franz
Revised Edition from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
American Heroes - Coloring Book
by Steven James Petruccio
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
American House - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
American Landscapes - Color by Number
by Diego Jourdan Pereira
from Dover Publications
for 3rd-Adult
$9.99
American Legends and Tall Tales - Coloring Book
by Steven James Petruccio
Green ed. from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.00
American Muscle Cars - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
American Presidents - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Peter F. Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
American Sailing Ships - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Peter F. Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.99 $2.50 (1 in stock)
American Wild Flowers - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Paul Kennedy
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99 $2.50 (2 in stock)
Amistad - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Peter F. Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.95
Anatomy Coloring Book
by Wynn Kapit
4th edition from Pearson Education
for 9th-Adult
in Human Anatomy & Physiology (Location: BSR-13A)
$24.30
Anatomy Coloring Book (old)
by Wynn Kapit
3rd edition from Pearson Education
for 9th-Adult
in Human Anatomy & Physiology (Location: BSR-13A)
$14.00 (2 in stock)
Anatomy Student's Self-Test Coloring Book
1st edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 8th-12th grade
in Human Anatomy & Physiology (Location: BSR-13A)
$24.99
Ancient Africa Volume 1 - Coloring Book
from Bellerophon Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
$2.00
Ancient Africa Volume 2 - Coloring Book
from Bellerophon Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
$2.00
Ancient Egypt
Color & Learn
Activity from Edupress
for 1st-3rd grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: B02-02D)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Ancient Egyptian Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Ancient Near East - Coloring Book
from Bellerophon Books
for 4th-9th grade
in Ancient History (Location: B02-02A)
Ancient Rome
from Edupress
for 1st-3rd grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: B02-03C)
$2.00 (2 in stock)
Animal ABC - Coloring Book
by Pat Stewart
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
Animal Alphabet - Coloring Book
by Nina Barbaresi
from Dover Publications
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
Animal Giants - Coloring Book
Educational Read & Color Books
by Peter & Linda Spizzirri
from Spizzirri Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Educational Read & Color Books (Location: A02-01)
$3.95
Anne of Green Gables - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Barbara Steadman
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Anti-Coloring Book
by Edward Kimmel, Susan Striker
from Henry Holt and Company
for 4th-8th grade
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: C08-04)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Antique Airplanes - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Peter F. Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Antique Automobiles - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Clarence P. Hornung
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Antique Dolls - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Brenda Sneathen Mattox
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.99
Antique Locomotives - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tre Tryckare Company
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
Aqualine Watercolor Pencils - 12 Colors
from Alpino
for Preschool-Adult
in Colored Pencils & Markers (Location: A-CP)
$9.99
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