20 Best Coloring Books for Kids Ages 3 to 18

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Too much screen time? Kids complaining they’re bored? Try some new coloring books as a way to spend your at home hours in a creative way.

I don’t know about you but sometimes my kids just need a new, shiny, never been seen coloring book to get them refocused on art and off their screes.

And, if you’re reading out loud to your kids, they can listen while they color. (Read aloud book lists here.)

20 Best Coloring Books for Kids Ages 3 to 18

      1. Ages 3 – 7
      2. Ages 7 – 12
      3. Ages 13 – Adult

Ages 3 – 7

20 Best Coloring Books for Kids Ages 3 to 18
My First Big Book of Coloring
Chunky black lines illustrate shapes that toddlers and preschoolers can easily recognize and color.


My Best Coloring Book
by Happy Toddlerz
You’ll appreciate the early counting and word skills along with many other educational concepts that fill this 100+ page book.

20 Best Coloring Books for Kids Ages 3 to 18
Melissa & Doug ABC 123 Wild Animals Dot-to-Dot Coloring Pad
Follow the letters or numbers to complete the scenes. I love how this does double duty — it’s fun and educational!

Ages 7 – 12

20 Best Coloring Books for Kids Ages 3 to 18
Coloring Cute KLUTZ
Yes, these are dang cute, right!? A 72-page book with a spiral binding, perforated pages. and 5 double-tipped colored pencils in 10 colors that your kids will love.


A Million Dogs: Fabulous Canines to Color
by Lulu Mayo
Adorable, cute, lovable dogs fill these pages. Which will you color in first? Lulu May’s coloring books are enthusiastically endorsed by Christa of Pura Vida Mom’s kids! If you like the Lulu Mayo drawings, also try her Bears, Owls, Cats, Sloths, and Unicorns coloring books. (Her drawing books are also fantastic, both my girls love them!)

20 Best Coloring Books for Kids Ages 3 to 18
Animal Babies: Cool & Calm Coloring for Kids

My daughters totally dig the super cute and happy images to color in this coloring book. Even my 15-year old has already done at least a third of the coloring pages. Color therapy for teens? Who knew!


Coloring Books for Boys

The designs in this coloring book are quite impressive– whether you’re a boy or a girl, kids will enjoy coloring animals like gorillas, sloths, turtles, and more– all the animals are filled with patterns and super cool.


Super Cute Notebook Doodles
32 fun notebook doodle animal designs to color with watercolors, colored pencils, markers, crayons, or gel pens. I love the perforated pages, too.


Space Coloring Book
by Blue Wave Press
Full-page drawings of planets, spaceships, rockets, and even aliens.


I Am Confident, Brave and Beautiful
by Hopscotch Girls
Cute and playful, this book contains 22 coloring pages filled with positive messages and whimsical drawings.


Moana 100 Images to Inspire Creativity

Moana fans will love the images from the movie and also the cool tribal designs.

20 Best Coloring Books for Kids Ages 3 to 18
Harry Potter Coloring Book
I love this new series of coloring books — also check out Magical Places & Characters, Magical Creatures, and Artifacts.

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Color Me Powerful
LOVE. Inspiring prompts, coloring pages, list starters, phrases, and patterns—all featuring DC’s female superheroes—jump-start the imagination. Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Katana and other beloved characters appear throughout colorful pages that encourage girls to doodle their own superhero name, design a motto, create a costume, and other creative pursuits befitting a superheroine.


Fashion Angels Fashion Design

Use the stencils to create outfits then color them in. My kids LOVE these books. (Their Interior Design book is also fun for creative kids.


Pierre the Maze Detective Coloring Book
We did this coloring search and find book as a family activity after dinner for several weeks — it was a blast! We liked how it combined coloring with a search and find. (If you want just a search and find book, you can buy the full-color Pierre the Maze Detective book.)


Fantastic Cities
by Steve McDonald
Color in real cities — from Tokyo to Rio.

 
Color Quest: Color By Numbers (Extreme Puzzle Challenges for Clever Kids)
by Amanda Learmonth, illustrated by Lauren Farnsworth
I think this could be relaxing for kids AND informative because it’s a hidden picture and coloring page.


Wise Words to Color: Inspiration to Live and Color By by Zoe Ingram
My 11-year old started coloring in this beautiful book of quotes and mandalas when sick. And I’ve been enjoying coloring it myself. The quotes are lovely and inspiring.

  
Adventures in the Garden: A Coloring Book of Beautiful Blooms for Exploring, Creating, and Having Fun
by Patricia Zapata
With larger spaces to color, this is a book for elementary aged children who love the natural world. Perforated pages and sweet inspirational phrases for each coloring double page spread.

Ages 13 – Adult

Enchanted Forest
Enchanted Forest Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
This is such a detailed coloring book! I still have yet to finish one page but it’s beautiful with lovely illustrations of animals and flowers.


Fanciful Sea Life
by Majorie Sarnat
These intricate designs feel so peaceful to me…schools of fish, a seashell castle, and many more underwater scenes. I also love that the pages are perforated!


Stress Relieving Animal Designs

Exceptionally beautiful animal designs filled with patterns will help you color your own masterpieces.

 
Dominion of Giants
 by Eric Messinger
This particular book is a sure-fire hit with fantasy-loving boys and girls — Tolkien and Dungeons and Dragons fans, in particular. Cool quotes from favorite authors plus color palette suggestions pair with amazing illustrations of mages, giants, dwarfs, and more.  The artistry is absolutely incredible in this book. These images invite creative coloring — probably displaying afterward. You’ll like that the sturdy, perforated pages, too. I’m so excited to get coloring in this book myself.


50 Mandalas for Stress Relief

These are beautiful mandalas with illustrations for beginners up through advanced.

 

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