Anti-Coloring Books®

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After the publication of the first Anti-Coloring Book® the National Art Education Association published this proclamation:

“In light of the increasing usage of coloring books, color fill-in workbook activities, and other predesigned materials that block originality, stifle imagination and creativity, and become a substitute for valid and appropriate art education programs and procedures in elementary education, I therefore, call for immediate deliberate and permanent curtailment of the use of such methods, activities and procedures.”

—National Art Education Association Presidential Proclamation

“A Good Solution to the Problem of trying to rouse the artist in children without trodding on their creative impulses” — The Atlanta Constitution

“Revolutionary!”…Extraordinary” –Newsweek

“A book that suggests and inspires.” —Ms Magazine

“A creative book for young and old…Though it is recommended for children, most adults might want to grab a crayon too.” —Chicago Sun Times

“Chockful of ideas to stretch youngster’s imaginations.” St. Paul Dispatch

Anti-Boring!….Anti-Stifling!….Anti-Coloring Books!

For kids who would rather do it themselves!

Ordinary coloring books cheat children. They inhibit a child’s natural inventiveness with drawings that simply require him or her to color within lines that someone else has drawn. The Anti-Coloring Books® were designed as an antidote to traditional coloring books, offering children to creat e their own images. Each irresistible scene is designed specifically to set free the magic of a child’s imagination and offers limitless possibilities. Mind-ticklers all, they provide a fantasy playground that fosters healthy, active self-expression.

This series of books features creative activities for ages 6 to 60. The First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth are of general interest to all children while others appeal to children with special interests.

The Anti-Coloring Book®

The original Anti-Coloring Book, published in 1978, changed the way kids and adults engage with “coloring books”.


The Second Anti-Coloring Book® is a treasure trove of ideas that will encourage and free your child’s imagination. Using the evocative collection of partial line drawings helps affirm a child’s individuality and foster his or he healthy, active self-expression.

The Third Anti-Coloring Book® A variety of exciting ideas that spark creativity and energize children to think, plan, draw and write.

The Fourth Anti-Coloring Book® is a collection of funny, thoughtful, and fantastical ideas designed to set a child’s imagination soaring. These evocative partial drawings help a child rather enter the world of fantasy and imagination. There is no right or wrong way to complete the pictures, just the promised of a child’s creative instincts.


The Fifth Anti-Coloring Book® Delicious ideas, including “Create your own sundae” and “Make your friends laugh” inspire creativity and joyous adventure.

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The Sixth Anti-Coloring Book®\®

The Mystery Anti-Coloring Book®  invites us to solve all of the mysteries of the universe; from the black hole and Loch Ness monster to what Martians look like and what they say.®

The Newspaper Anti-Coloring Book® moves on from illustrating to writing one’s own newspaper. Encourages a youngster to be a cub reporters and cover local stories, be a movie reviewer, follow international news and sporting events, create comics, and solve crossword puzzles.®

Exploring Space on Earth is an exciting adventure in architecture.  Children are asked to explore space on EARTH and create buildings, gardens, dog houses, tree houses, doll houses and many more challenges to their imaginations.

SuperPowers Anti-Coloring Book® (Grosset and Dunlap); ISBN 0-448-07932-1. Limited edition, autographed copies are available for sale upon request. Contact Sue at


Nature’s Wonders®
Limited edition, autographed copies are available for sale upon request. Contact Sue at®

And why should kids have all the fun? Now, by popular demand, there is an

Anti-Coloring Book® for Adults Only.

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Read what the press is saying about Susan’s Anti-Coloring Book® concept:


“A book that suggests and inspires.”
~Ms. Magazine

“Great stuff – and amazing that no one thought of it before”
~Detroit Free Press

“A creative book for young and old!”
~Chicago Sun Times

“There’s no wrong or right, just fun and an extended imagination”
~Houston Chronicle

“…unleashes everyone’s fantasies”
~Los Angeles Times

”A brilliant idea”

“Susan Striker has topped herself”
~Horizon Monthly

“…chockfull of ideas to stretch youngster’s imaginations”
~St. Paul Dispatch

“If you are not familiar with the book, it’s time you were.”
~Dallas Morning News

“May be just the thing for those ‘day after Christmas doldrums”.
~Family Health

”What a fantastic gift for a child”
~West Orange, N.J.

“Never thought I’d be recommending a coloring book, but this large paperback is an exception…what a wonderfully creative tool!”
~The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“In the age if anti-matter and anti-nukes, why shouldn’t there be an anti-coloring book?”
~Sturgis, Michigan Journal

“Greenwich teacher creates app to fire kids’ imaginations” August 31, 201, Greenwich Time –

“The Anti-Coloring Book Phenomenon” July 29, 2011, Middletown Patch –

Here are some reviews of The Anti Coloring Book® App

“If you want to promote critical thinking skills, foster creativity, and encourage risk taking – this is the app for you and your students!”

Jayne Clare

Teachers with Apps

“…we love the concept of the Anti-Coloring App and how it will open young minds to creativity and imagination.”

Josh Thompson 

The Educational App Store

“This app is excellent for encouraging artistic talent or simply getting kids to open their minds and allow creativity to bubble to the surface.”


 Read what users are saying about Susan’s work:

“My 7-year-old son, Dennis, is a huge fan of yours. So am I! He was given your First Anti-Coloring Book ® as a recent birthday gift. He quickly filled it up with wonderful illustrations and creations.

“I rushed out to see if there were more additions and happily scooped up the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and the 5th Anti-Coloring Books®.
“As I looked through them I realized how wonderful a few would be to support learning we’re doing in my classroom.I’m certainly won over to your way of thinking. A beautiful philosophy indeed.

“Many thanks and appreciation for making the world more beautiful.”
Lisa Cox, Fourth Grade Assistant Teacher
Charlotte, NC

“…I appreciate the spirit of what you suggest – provide them the stuff, a little structure and encouragement, and get out of their way. One great delight for me is to see how two boys the same age (fraternal twins) use the same materials in their own unique style.”
Susan Miller, Fort Collins, CO

“We’d like to thank you for helping us make the Anti-Coloring Workshop quite a success. We used an alien theme in conjunction with the book ‘Here Come the Aliens’ for an out-of-this-world experience.”
~Joan Strause and Terri Cook

“A big memory from my childhood was having a bunch of Susan Striker’s Anti-Coloring Books, which was a series of coloring books that forced you to use creativity rather than simply coloring within the lines. They were great. Even the title alone posits coloring books as something worth rebelling against, which is a funny sentiment to impress upon a kid, and one that apparently stuck with me. Our aim with CFG has always been to create a funny humor book first, and a fun coloring book second. So in terms of actually trying to make the coloring experience fun (aka our second priority), I always had those Anti-Coloring Books in the back of my mind.”
~Ryan Hunter, Author of