- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) - Kathy Shimmield often visits Barnes & Noble on weekends to relax and find new books to read. She noticed the adult coloring book fad growing and growing, with more and more books on the shelves.

Two months ago while walking around the bookstore, she decided she wanted to make her very own coloring book geared to mothers.

“As I was looking at the different ones available, they were similar,” said Shimmield, a Wallingford resident and mother of three teenagers ages 12, 13, and 16. “I kind of just thought in a sarcastic way. wouldn’t it be funny if it was for a mom, for somebody like me, basically detailing the day in the life.”

On Dec. 16 Shimmield released her 84-page coloring book called “A Day in the Life of Mom.” It’s not only a coloring book, but it also tells a story, which was written by Shimmield.

Each page highlights a different task a mother has to complete throughout her day along with a short description.

One page shows a mother leaning over a desk with her child, who is sitting down. The child has his head propped on both of his hands reading over a book.

“You remember your 8th grade Algebra right? What about Common Core Math with your younger child? Yes, you guessed it…it’s homework time!” states the caption.

Another illustration shows a woman in a business suit with four extra arms coming out of her body, holding different items such as a briefcase, cellphone, keys, and a brush.

This description reads, “wouldn’t it be great if with every new child you grew another arm?”

All the pages contain intricate patterns that can be colored.

“I love this hilarious satire of the popular adult coloring books,” said Kate Hall of Chicago, a friend of Shimmield’s. “It’s perfect for moms.”

Adult coloring books have been growing in popularity and are said to be a way to release anxiety or stress. Libraries across the country, including Southington Library and Berlin Library, host adult coloring classes.

In November, Brit + Co and Crayola released their first crowd-sourced coloring book for adults called “Pattern Play” with 78 pages illustrated by more than 50 artists from Brit + Co’s community, according to a press release.

“Creativity positively impacts many parts of our lives and helps us grow cognitively, emotionally and even professionally,” said Brit Morin, CEO and founder of Brit + Co in a press release from Crayola on Nov. 8.

In April, Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford was on Amazon.com’s bestseller list for her “Secret Garden” coloring book, topping popular novels, according to an article by The Guardian.com.

More than 1.4 million copies have been sold worldwide.

Shimmield created the book through Amazon.com’s service called CreateSpace, which helps people who want to self-publish material or start to create books or ideas.

Through that program, Shimmield reached out to a lot of illustrators and found two she worked closely with. She relayed her ideas and how she wanted the book to look. “A Day in the Life of Mom” is illustrated by Joshua Lagman and Jade Villaremo, who Shimmield met through CreateSpace.

The inspiration for the book came from Shimmield’s life and raising her children throughout the past 16 years. She wanted to be able to not only give mothers a way to relax by coloring, but she gave mothers a way to laugh too with the sarcasm on each page.

“That’s maybe why I’m having success with moms being interested,” said Shimmield. “I’m excited to see where it goes. I love the feedback.”


Information from: Record-Journal, https://www.record-journal.com

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