Oh wow have I discovered a treasure trove of awesomeness and I am so excited to share with you! Quite by accident I came across The Indigenous Adventures of Princess Vanae, a coloring book designed by a 6-year-old and her mother that teaches about black indigenous cultures. I will absolutely be purchasing one for my kids and likely a few to give away.
I love the genius of this project. It is a great way to bring positive black images into your home, a compliment to picture books featuring people of color characters, and a great way to spend quality time with your kids while you both learn more about indigenous black people.
I love that the creation of this book was a family project and that by purchasing it anyone can support the creativity and ingenious of a child.
After reading what I could fine about this coloring book I thought “hmmm, perhaps there is more” and into the internet I go, searching for social justice themed coloring books. Because who doesn’t need a collection?!!!?
And here is what I found…..
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Girls are not chicks by Jacinta Bunnel and Julie Novak
Sometimes the spoon runs away with another spoon by Jacinta Bunnel and Nat Kusnitz
The big gay alphabet book by Jacinta Bunnel and Leela Coreman
Avie’s Dreams: An Afro Feminist Coloring Book by Makeda Lewis
Super Strong Princess by Linnéa Johansson
Gender Now by Maya Christina Gonzales
Social Justice Coloring Book by Kat Dyer
I WANT ALL OF THEM! Coloring isn’t just for kids, right?
But seriously, lots of adults color for self care and fun. Why not give them something that both helps them and supports social change? They’d be perfect for social workers, activists, anyone who gives a damn.
Ha! – Color like you give a damn! – can that be a thing?
But getting back to kids and parenting…….kids passively learn all sorts of negative myths and stereotypes on tv, in music, listening to adult conversation, from other kids at the playground, etc, etc. As parents we have to be intentional about filling their days with positive images of people of color, gay/queer people, of gender expansive identifying people, of women and these coloring books are one way to help with that.
Can someone just please open up social justice themed kid stores? What a great way for people doing great work to get an audience.