I don't know what constitutes "official" these days, buy last Friday I was emailed the word that today, August 2nd, has been proclaimed (proclaimed, no less!) as National Coloring Book Day. I read in the History of the day, that it was submitted by Dover Publications. They’d be the ones to submit the suggestion because they publish countless coloring books. Many, like their stickers and paper dolls, are designed just for them.
I love to color. I even have my own huge box of crayons. I wrote this in a blog I posted in June of 2011:
My earliest, favorite, happiest association with color, and perhaps yours too, was with a box of crayons – Crayola, naturally. Just the smell of a box of crayons today brings back all sorts of memories, especially the times when my first grade teacher chose me to help give out the crayons for art period. I am still the proud owner of my own 48 count box of Crayolas. I say “my own” because I keep another, well used box of crayons for my grandchildren. Heaven forbid they touch my box!
Every once in a while I find something to color, and I go right to it. Dover has some free coloring book samples here for National Coloring Book Day. Of course, you know, I’ve already downloaded and printed s few pages.
Dover, the purveyor (another good ‘p’ word) of marvelous, inexpensive, reprints. In fact, when I lived not far from their place in Mineola on Long Island, I could go there and browse to my heart’s content – but that was thirty years or so ago. They are the place to go to browse on line for great children’s gifts or great gifts for children. They have coloring and puzzle books, gift sets, stickers, craft books, and, of course, nicely reprinted classic books. Go to http://store.doverpublications.com/ and see the great variety of publications, from Art to Women’s Studies, to be had there. Is this a plug for Dover? You bet it is! Don’t just sit there – go color!
This just in on August 12th: