Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lucid Publishing is proud to announce the release of their new children’s title, Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Book

Lucid Publishing is proud to announce the release of their new children’s title, Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Book by award-winning Kauai illustrator, and member of the Kauai Children's Authors Guild, Monika Mira. The book comes just in time for the fall season, when kids and parents are getting ready for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. The coloring sheets have been available for a while on teacher’s websites like Teacher’s Notebook and Teachers Pay Teachers, but because of their popularity, Lucid Publishing decided to offer this title in a book format.

The Day of the Dead Coloring Book features ten original sugar skulls designs that can be colored in and used to string banners, decorate an alter, make masks, or for a cultural activities in the classroom. A blank skull template is provided for artists who want to create their own designs. Intricately designed sugar skulls are not all that the book has to offer. Also included is a 4’ child life-sized skeleton. The skeleton takes up about ten pages of the book and can be colored in, cut out and assembled by a child. The life-sized skeleton is perfect for Halloween decorations, party games, or even an anatomy lesson.

Teachers who want to use the book as a classroom resource will find that they can cover lessons in social studies, world cultures, art, and anatomy. Additionally, coloring and assembling the skeleton as a class is a great team-building activity. Students absolutely love creating their own sugar skulls and building the skeleton. Rave reviews have been pouring in from teachers who use this activity in their classrooms. Mom’s who home school are also enjoying the Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Book.

According to the author and illustrator, Monika Mira, the book started as party game that she put together for a group of kids a couple of years ago. The collection of sugar skull illustration began to grow, and the children looked forward to coming over for the annual Dia de los Muertos party. Each year, Mira would add new designs and new features. Last year, she added the life-size skeleton, which she buried in a mock graveyard outside. She had the kids dig through piles of leaves in the yard to find the pieces of the skeleton. Then the kids brought the pieces inside to assemble the skeleton.

The game was so much fun for the kids that she decided to share it with some teachers and friends. The word got out and the requests began to come in, so Mira organized the coloring sheets into a usable download for teachers, and most recently Lucid Publishing decided to make it available as a book.

Now families and classrooms, can enjoy these fun activities in the Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Book. If you are a teacher, you may prefer to license the coloring sheets through TeachersPayTeachers or Teachers Notebook.

Currently, the Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Book is only available on Amazon. For more information about the book, please visit Lucid Publishing’s website: