Begun by Kary Chen ’23 as a project to support and expand the Pittsfield Public Schools curriculum, Coloring American Heroes educates children about diverse heroes often overlooked in their learning. American children are exposed to faces and images that often do not represent their communities constricting their image of a hero to a handful of well-known, mostly white figures.
Through the coloring book, children come into contact with heroes who may or may not look and act like them, who defy stereotypes, and who may inspire them to blaze paths that they otherwise might never consider. A child who goes through a Coloring American Heroes book doesn’t just learn—they immerse themselves with a diverse cast of unfamiliar faces and figures, thus developing a deeper respect towards all races, genders, orientations and dimensions.
Entirely open access, Coloring American Heroes is available here to anyone with a printer. Using the QR code and link on the back of each book, one can learn about the heroes they’ve been coloring.
Clicking on the links below, please feel free to download and print the coloring books, browse through lists of other heroes students have researched, propose a hero to be included in a future edition. You are also welcome to upload a sketch of a hero or an entire page you’ve created using the guidelines we provide here!