Books about Creativity for Parents and Teachers


by Susan Striker

Please Touch
A book for parents and teachers providing ideas to stimulate your child’s creative development through movement, music, art and play.


Young at Art® is the first and only comprehensive book for the general audience about the nature, value and impact of art on very young children. Directed toward parents and educators of one to five year olds, Susan Striker explains why children’s art is not a frill, but the very foundation upon which all later fundamental skills are built. She drives home the idea that encouraging children’s artistic growth will have beneficial effects on all other aspects of their emotional and intellectual development.

At the core of this practical guide is the understanding that art is an important tool in teaching young children crucial concepts related to self-expression, reading, and writing. As opposed to more structured exercises, such as coloring in dittos and underlining pictures in workbooks, Striker stresses that scribbling and free-drawing experiments are the most important art activities a child can engage in; they better prepare children to read independently as they grow.

Young at Art® provides descriptions for age-appropriate art activities and tips for carrying them out safely, and it helps parents recognize what a child’s artwork should look like at each stage of development. With Young at Art®, parents will develop realistic expectations of their child’s work, learn how to speak to their children about their arts, and facilitate skills well beyond their own perceived lack of artistic talent and creativity.

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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The Anti-Coloring Books®

Watch a video about The Anti-Coloring Books

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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Folk Art for Young Folks

By Susan Striker, 

A visually stunning alphabet book that introduces children to the world’s wildlife through recently discovered masterpieces by the Kuna Indians of Panama. Colorful reverse appliqué and detailed embroidery teach visual discrimination and fascinate both children and adults.


MacGonegal’s Zoo


In Oaxaca, Mexico, carved wooden animals might have purple feet, flowers on their faces and polka dot backs. This alphabet book is a collection of museum quality sculptures that are so colorful and child-like that they delight youngsters of all ages. It is a glorious introduction to Mexican folk art. Order your copy today! at

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