A new coloring book features West Virginia’s most iconic critters, people, and places.


There’s never a lack of color in West Virginia, but Josh Miller wants to add a little bit more. With your help.

His coloring book, West Virginia: Coloring the Mountain State, features state symbols like the cardinal and black bear, iconic landmarks like Seneca Rocks and the Babcock State Park grist mill, and famous natives like Don Knotts and Jerry West, all rendered in beautiful black-and-white line drawings. It’s up to you—and your crayons or colored pencils—to bring the images to living color.

Miller says he likes all the illustrations in the book but he’s particularly proud of the cover, which features a red-bearded Mountaineer outfitted with a coonskin cap, buckskins, and musket. “It’s a pretty good representation of the Mountaineer spirit of the state,” he says.

Coloring the Mountain State began as an assignment for one of Miller’s graphic design classes at Pierpont Community & Technical College. He got an “A,” but that’s not all he’s gotten from the project. The book, which is available on Amazon, has sold copies all over the country. Miller has even sold a few copies overseas. “I sold 13 in one month in Europe,” he says. He expects they may have brought joy to a homesick West Virginian.

To order a copy of your own, visit amzn.to/2Rt6bQG.

Zack Harold
Written by Zack Harold
Zack Harold is a southern West Virginia native. He covered education, health, and government at the Charleston Daily Mail before becoming the newspaper’s features editor. He joined New South Media in 2015, became managing editor of WV Living in January 2016, and took over as managing editor of Wonderful West Virginia in July 2016.