International Coloring (Colouring) Book Day Celebrated by RBCB and Crew

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Saint Louis based publishing company, Really Big Coloring Books, Inc.® opens new avenue for celebrating and reminiscing childhood, art, creativity and the potential of color by declaring June 16th, 2012 International Coloring Book Day!

Each June 16th, get the crayons sharpened because it is International Coloring Book Day. Really Big Coloring Books Inc. ®, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, will greet the day with colorful enthusiasm. While some employees will gleefully color pages of trains and dinosaurs, others will prefer to add intricate details to the portraits of past Presidents.

“In the age of high-tech gadgetry, video, television and computers most all children still enjoy coloring. Every 18 months around 12 million children in the USA learn to color and scribble, as well they learn to walk and talk. These are three big events in a young person's life and that is where our company enters the picture. RBCB manufactures coloring books for the 18 month old and up. Many times adults will color with their children and grandchildren. What better way to celebrate your inner child than by participating with International Coloring Book Day!” stated Wayne Bell, Publisher.

Indeed, coloring books are not just child’s play. Approximately 6 percent of the adult population colors on a regular basis. Intricate geometric patterns, delicate wildflowers, historical scenes, and gruesome zombies – the range of coloring books for adults is as varied as it is for kids. Coloring relieves stress, enhances the creative side of the brain, offers opportunities to hone hand-eye coordination, and offers good exercise for the fine motor skills of the hands and wrist.

Since the days of prehistoric cave drawings, people have used coloring as an expression and educational tool. Not only are coloring books an iconic part of the childhood experience, they also represent the cultural landscape for every community. Inspired by the ideas of British artist Joshua Reynolds and the works of Swiss educator Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, coloring books began as instructional painting books which brought art education to the masses. In the 1880’s, the first coloring book debuted in America, The Little Folks' Painting Book, and many educators saw the cognitive and social benefits of bringing art into the academic curriculum. Coloring books essentially made art education accessible to students of all backgrounds and abilities. The character of Buster Brown graced the pages of coloring books in 1907 and soon the designs began to be used for advertising. Of course, the defining moment came with the association of crayons to coloring books which created a partnership that has been harmonious as peas and carrots. Today citizens can look to the nice folks at RBCB for educational, promotional and custom retail coloring books of every conceivable content, shape and size.

Celebrate International Coloring Book Day and send comments, memories, ideas and stories to editorck(at)coloringbook(dot)com

To kick off the celebration of International Coloring Book Day, visit and print off free coloring pages today!

Really Big Coloring Books, Inc.®, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, is a multi-national company providing fundraising opportunities and children's teaching and learning tools for over two decades. Known for market leading positions, RBCB’s family of products are classic, colorful, unique and on rare occasion, even controversial. RBCB's

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