From Workman Publishing comes the newest in adult coloring books, Boss Babes.
Created by illustrator Michelle Volansky, Boss Babes a 93-page coloring and activity book that is an ode to women past and present, who were popular figures known for being “strong, fierce and changing the world.”
Activities include coloring, connect the dots, & crossword and word searches. It definitely kept me entertained for a few hours on a flight home to the UK. The book includes an array of “Boss Babes” from singers, actresses, athletes, and activists. A boss babe is defined in the book as:
- A woman who changed the world for the better, no matter how small or large her contribution.
- A champion in her field of expertise who leads the way for other women.
I was excited to go purchase a new set of coloring pens to start on the likes of Beyoncé, Nina Simone, Malala, and Misty Copeland. It felt great to see these women being used in this type of activity book.
My favorite (of course) was the Beyoncé crossword where I found myself singing out the lyrics to the answer for 9 across (“Everything you own in a box to the _____”) and 10 down (“I woke up like this. We_____”).
The word search Women in Hip Hop was an amazing feature in acknowledging all women that have made an impact on the way we as women view ourselves. And I’m so glad Jean Grae, a female MC that I often feel is overlooked in the commercial hip hop industry, was included.
Other word searches, such as Women in Fine Arts, led me to take notes on some of the women I was less familiar with and seeking out their work, acting as a great educational tool for me as a teacher.
The back of the book includes the reason the women are featured, which I think adds a nice touch to the book. The only thing that was missing in the back was the answers — I definitely was stumped on a few when it came to the Taylor Swift crossword.
With the holiday season in sight (if you’re counting), this is going to be high on the list as a Christmas stocking filler for all of the young women in my life! It’s fun, engaging, and the variety of women it features acknowledges that female empowerment and feminism are not packaged in just one way.
Catrina Walters is from the UK, London and works abroad as a high school teacher, teaching film and design in Spain in a pursuit to improve her bad Spanish. She’s a serial traveler and has lived in Hong Kong and El Salvador (yes, murder central!). She binge watches TV shows, take photographs, and blog occasionally about her traveling adventures. Twitter: @GlobetrotCat Instagram: @Globetrottingcat