Did you know that April 15th is National Laundry Day? It's the day when the law requires all kids ages 3 and up to do their own laundry.
Dare to dream.
Okay, so maybe that's too much to hope for, but you can send some serious do-you-own-laundry hints with Melanie Hope Greenberg's Laundry Day coloring page. This sweet illustration of a laundromat on a Brooklyn street is straight from Greenberg's children's book, Aunt Lily's Laundromat.
Print out the coloring page (By clicking on the following link you agree to our terms of service* see end of post) -->: Laundromat and street scene coloring page
Now it goes without saying that a coloring page with a matching books is an excellent choice for library story time!
In addition, you can easily combine the laundry day coloring page into your child's pretend play. After your child has finished coloring it, adhere the street scene to a piece of cardboard to make it stand up right. It will serve as a backdrop to the village shop templates you can print out and assemble. Be sure to also include our bookmobile template coloring page!
This is the third of Greenberg's Aunt Lilly coloring pages! Aside from the aforementioned village shops, we have an Aunt Lilly folding laundry in her laundromat coloring page.
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About Aunt Lilly's Laundromat
Originally published by Dutton Children's Books / Penguin in 1994, Aunt Lilly's Laundromat is now reaching a new generation with its recent reprinting. The story takes place at the author's neighborhood laundromat on Montague Street.
Aunt Lilly works in a Brooklyn laundromat, sorting, washing, drying and folding, all the while thinking about her childhood in Haiti. Bundles of colored laundry ("blues and greens like the warm Caribbean sea"), gurgling washing machines, etc., conspire to remind her of "her lovely native land filled with singing birds." Lilly is happy, taking pride in her work, and when she has a quiet moment she makes paintings based on her childhood memories. Busy illustrations in bold, luminous colors capture Lilly's joie de vivre. "Her" Haitian pictures, full of exuberance and tropical abundance, transform her sweet longing into canvases of pulsing island life. Greenberg’s book succeeds as a celebration of fond memory and honest labor.- Publisher’s Weekly
Learn more about the book and read testimonials at Melanie's website.
About the Illustrator
Melanie Hope Greenberg does her own laundry. She's also an award winning author and illustrator of more than 15 children’s books. She was an Artist-In-Residence at the Eric Carle Museum and her books have been featured as a NY Times Great Children's Read. Her cheerful, vibrant illustrations can be found in books such as Good Morning, Digger, Down in the Subway and A City Is.
One of Melanie's favorite parts of being an author/illustrator is talking about her craft with students at libraries and in classrooms. You can learn more about author visits (virtual or in-person) at her website.
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