Smithsonian and IDW Releases Two New Coloring Books

IDW and the Smithsonian Institution has released two new intricate coloring books that will hold appeal for both children and adults. Coloring has been notably meditative, hence sets such as this new Smithsonian collection — which is part of the IDW and Smithsonian publishing program — can easily join the ranks of adult coloring books.

“Airplanes: A Smithsonian Coloring Book” focuses on airplanes such as those which are part of the collection at the National Air and Space Museum. Drawn by artist John Pirtel, this coloring book features the very first plans of the early 1900s, to war bombers, to modern-day jet fighters and passenger planes. Each page also includes an informative description of each plane and its history.

“Dinosaurs: A Smithsonian Coloring Book” focuses on dinosaurs. Featuring a wealth of factual information provided by experts from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, this coloring book was illustrated by artist Rachel Curtis and depicts scenes of the herbivorous Stegosaurus, the sea-dwelling Hesperornis, the giant sauropod Camarasaurus, the mighty Tyrannosaurus, and many more. Any child — or adult — who enjoyed “Jurassic Park” will absolutely love this particular coloring book.

“Birds: A Smithsonian Coloring Book” is due to be released in late May. This coloring book — which is available for pre-order — is meticulously illustrated and will delight avian fans of all ages. The book is an ode to feathered animals, the terrains in which they make their homes, and the many unique aspects of each species. The factual information in this coloring book was provided by experts and will be a welcome addition to the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute collections.

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Meagan J. Meehan is a published author of novels, short stories, and poems. She is also a produced playwright and an award-winning modern artist.

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