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Color and Read's History


After participating in a panel discussion about Women and Justice, Kimberly Bailey wanted to find a way to introduce elementary students to various female civil rights leaders, and other important historical facts in a kid-friendly way. Kimberly thinks learning should be fun and she wanted to spotlight one of her favorite childhood activities, coloring.

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Author and Founder

I wanted to find a way to show children of all ages some historical figures and educational facts that are not often discussed. I thought a coloring book would be the ideal way to start the year-round history conversations in homes, churches, and schools"

— Kimberly M. Bailey, Author and Founder


Deeper into Kim's idea behind Color and Read

When Kimberly Bailey sat on a panel about women and justice in January 2016, she was inspired to take a closer look at how children learn about civil rights leaders. She thought about how much her 3 year old nephew had already learned about black history through a program at his daycare, and decided to create a coloring book to help kids have fun while learning about history and leadership. Kimberly now has 3 books in her Color and Read series: Civil Rights Leading Ladies, Color & Read: Great Inventions  and Civil Rights Mighty Men.

She has used the books to lead coloring parties at several libraries, schools and churches, and she also recently debuted Color and Relax, a coloring-for-a-cause fundraising event for adults.