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: COL-DOV)
$2.99
365 Promises From God's Word In Color: Scripture and Coloring Pages
from Christian Art Publishers
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$9.99
Advent Coloring Calendar
Clr Csm from Paraclete Press
for 3rd-Adult
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
$11.99
Anatomy Coloring Book
by Wynn Kapit
4th edition from Pearson Education
for 9th-Adult
in Anatomy Coloring Books (Location: SCI-ANACOL)
$27.20 $16.50 (1 in stock)
Anatomy Coloring Book (old)
by Wynn Kapit
3rd edition from Pearson Education
for 9th-Adult
in Anatomy Coloring Books (Location: SCI-ANACOL)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Be Still - Coloring Book
from Christian Art Publishers
for 5th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$9.99
Beauty in the Bible - Coloring Book
by Paige Tate
from Paige Tate & Co.
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
Big Book of Geometric Designs and Illusions to Color
by Koichi Sato, Spyros Horemis
illustrated edition from Dover Publications
for 2nd-Adult
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$5.96
Bless the Lord, O My Soul - Coloring Devotional
by Christian Art Publishers (Compilation)
from Christian Art Publishers
for 7th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$14.99
Bliss Flowers Coloring Book: Your Passport to Calm (Adult Coloring)
by Lindsey Boylan, Jessica Mazurkiewicz
Clr Csm from Dover Publications
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
Chronicles of Narnia Official Coloring Book
by C. S. Lewis, Pauline D. Baynes
Clr Csm from HarperCollins
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$15.99
Color the Classics: Anne of Green Gables
by Jae-Eun Lee
from Waves of Color
for 5th-Adult
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: COL-LIT)
$13.95
Color the Classics: Beauty and the Beast
Color the Classics
by Jae-Eun Lee
Clr Csm from Waves of Color
for 7th-Adult
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: COL-LIT)
$13.95
Color the Natural World
by Zoe Keller
Clr Csm from Timber Press, Inc.
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$12.95
Color the Pacific Northwest
by Zoe Keller
Clr Csm from Timber Press, Inc.
for 5th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$12.95
Creative Haven 3-D Abstracts - Coloring Book
Creative Haven
by Brian Johnson
First Edition, Fir from Dover Publications
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$4.49
Creative Haven Abstract Designs - Coloring Book
Creative Haven
by Brian Johnson
Csm from Dover Publications
for 7th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$4.49
Creative Haven Arabesque Designs - Coloring Book
by Nick Crossling
First Edition, Fir from Dover Publications
for 7th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$4.49
Creative Haven Arabic Patterns - Coloring Book
Creative Haven
by J. Bourgoin
First Edition, Fir from Dover Publications
for 7th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$4.49
Creative Haven Beautiful Birds - Coloring Book
Creative Haven
by Dot Barlowe
First Edition, Fir from Dover Publications
for 7th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$4.49
Creative Haven Birds - Draw and Color
by Marty Noble
from Dover Publications
for 5th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$9.99
Creative Haven CityScapes - Coloring Book
by Alexandra Cowell
from Dover Publications
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$5.99
Creative Haven Country Scenes - Coloring Book
by Dot Barlowe
from Dover Publications
for 9th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$5.99
Creative Haven Exotic Birds - Coloring Book
Creative Haven
by Ruth Soffer
First Edition, Fir from Dover Publications
for 7th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$4.49
Creative Haven Fabulous Fashions of the 1950's
Creative Haven
by Ming-Ju Sun
from Dover Publications
for 5th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$5.99
Creative Haven Floral Inspirations Coloring Book
Clr from Dover Publications
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$5.99
Creative Haven Japanese Kimono Designs - Coloring Book
by Ming-Ju Sun
from Dover Publications
for 5th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$5.99
Creative Haven Patchwork Quilt Designs - Coloring Book
Creative Haven
by Carol Schmidt
from Dover Publications
for 7th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$4.49
Creative Haven Sealife - Coloring Book
Creative Haven
by Kelly Montgomery
First Edition, Fir from Dover Publications
for 7th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$4.49
Creative Haven Winter Wonderland Coloring Book
Clr Csm from Dover Publications
for 5th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$5.99
Dazzling Designs - Coloring Book
by Koichi Sato
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-Adult
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$2.99
Decorative Tile Designs Coloring Book
by Marty Noble
Clr from Dover Publications
for 4th-Adult
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$2.99
Doctor Who Coloring Book
Csm from Price Stern Sloan
for 6th-Adult
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: COL-LIT)
$14.99
Faith in Color - Coloring Book
by Pearlyn Choco
from Paige Tate & Co.
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
Floral Fairies - Coloring Book
by Carol Craig
Clr Csm from Dover Publications
for 4th-Adult
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: COL-LIT)
$2.99
Harry Potter Coloring Book
Clr Csm from Scholastic Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: COL-LIT)
$15.99
Harry Potter Magical Creatures - Coloring Book
from Scholastic Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: COL-LIT)
$15.99
Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book
Clr from Scholastic Inc.
for 6th-Adult
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: COL-LIT)
$15.99
Human Brain Coloring Book
by Lawrence M. Elson
from Harper Perennial
for 9th-Adult
in Anatomy Coloring Books (Location: SCI-ANACOL)
$22.00
Inspire: Proverbs: Coloring & Creative Journaling through the Proverbs
Clr Csm from Christian Art Publishers
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$14.99
Inspire: Psalms: Coloring & Creative Journaling through the Psalms
Clr Csm from Christian Art Publishers
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$15.99
Joy for the Journey - Coloring Book
by Amylee Weeks
from Christian Art Publishers
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$9.99
Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book
by Eric Wise, Stephanie Mccann
6th edition from Kaplan
for 9th-Adult
in Anatomy Coloring Books (Location: SCI-ANACOL)
$24.99
Live Free - Craft God's Word in Your Heart Through Creative Expression
Clr Csm from Bethany House
for 7th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$12.99
Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Coloring Book
from Harper Design
for 4th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$15.99
Noah's Ark - Coloring Book
by Erin Jons
Csm from Broadstreet Publishing
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$12.99
O Holy Night - Adult Coloring Book
Clr Csm
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$10.99
Op Art - Coloring Book
by Jean Larcher
First Edition from Dover Publications
for 4th-Adult
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.74
Optical Illusions - Coloring Book
by Koichi Sato
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-Adult
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$2.99
Psalms in Color
from Christian Art Publishers
for 6th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$9.99
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