A New Coloring Book Inspires Imagination and Benefits Separated Families

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In solidarity with families separated at the border, artists from across the globe have collaborated on “Coloring Without Borders” to inspire comfort and creative expression for migrant kids.

When Jennifer Sofio Hall heard the devastating stories of forced family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year, she knew she had to do something. She turned to her community for help sourcing contributions for a coloring book for immigrant children in detention, and soon enough she began receiving contributions from artists around the world. What started as an expression of solidarity has evolved into Coloring Without Borders, a creative collaboration that benefits families, inspires kids, and unites artists across the globe.

Coloring Without Borders/Coloreando Sin Fronteras is a collaborative coloring book comprised of beautiful, original art that follows one rule: there are no lines or borders to color within. The creators’ intent is to help children separated from their families expand their imaginations beyond the walls that confine them—and to provide a source of empathy and compassion for those living free from the struggles that migrant families endure.

The bilingual book, which includes a foreword from Ai-Jen Poo, Co-Chair of Families Belong Together and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and a dedication from Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón, is now available for purchase online. Sales benefit Families Belong Together, a coalition of nearly 250 organizations in the United States representing people from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight family separation and promote dignity, unity, and compassion for all children and families.