Looking for an enjoyable and relaxing way to put the A in STEAM? Check out the Bay Ridge Coloring Book: Botanical Treasures from the Neighborhood and Narrows Botanical Gardens Coloring Book, both by Kristin Reiber Harris.

Each book features 30 illustrations, the vast majority of which are botanically-accurate plants. Each illustration is accompanied by the name of the plant –or in a few cases, other finds in the garden — with a few lines about it. For example, hollyhocks are accompanied with a personal recollection of the author’s experience with hollyhocks as a child. You can see more of the illustrations at Kristin Reiber Harris’s portfolio website.

Coloring and other forms of artistic expression develop abilities that are useful in many careers, such as fine motor and close observation skills. Plus, it can be relaxing in an era when we all need less stress.

Explore these beautiful coloring books and see how they will inspire you.

Related activity:

Investigate the featured plants you choose to color. For example, discover where the plant grows and what its identifying characteristics are. Come up with your own paragraph to accompany your art, which can be personal or factual or both.

Fun facts about hollyhocks:

  1. Hollyhocks are commonly biennial. The first year they grow as a low cluster of leaves. The second year a stalk shoots up and they flower.
  2. The flower stalks can be four to eight feet tall.
  3. Hollyhocks are originally from Europe and Asia.


ASIN : B08K41XS49
Language : English
Paperback : 65 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8679916388


Publisher : Independently published (November 23, 2020)
Paperback : 65 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8563424869


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