Here are four suggestions for using coloring books with your kids. Coloring books make GREAT activities for sick days! My kids like to color during read aloud time at bedtime.
Best of all, coloring book time is NOT on a screen! (I’m all about that!)
After finding all these amazing coloring books based on children’s books, I want them all for me. Yup, I’m totally planning on “sharing” these with my kids. First, I’m getting Alice in Wonderland. Then, The Chronicles of Narnia . . .
The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children’s Books
A Very Busy Coloring Book
Eric Carle fans — this coloring book is for you! However, if you want a specific story, try My Own Very Hungry Caterpillar Coloring Book or My Own Very Busy Spider Coloring Book. So inspiring!
Easy to pick and choose with 30 pages of Mother Goose rhymes to color such as Georgy Porgy, Three Blind Mice and the Queen of Hearts.
I Absolutely Must Do Coloring Now
Color, draw, or paint in your own Charlie and Lola open-ended book of activities and coloring pages. We adore this hilarious series.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book
My daughter loved this book so much when she was younger — it’s filled with things to write, color, draw, and build. Highly recommended.
Whimsical and unique, you’ll be inspired as you color in the art from The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Horton a Hears a Who! and other children book classics by Dr. Seuss. And don’t forget to go crazy with your colors — I think Dr. Seuss would approve.
Color Your Own Great Fairy Tale Illustrations
With 30 pages of images to color, it will be hard to know which one to start with first — Snow White or The Brave Little Tailor? Tom Thumb or Thumbelina? Pair this with a good Grimm’s Fairy Tales book for a solid fairy tale foundation. Also try Famous Fairy Tales.
Now instead of only reading and searching Where’s Waldo, you can color in the intricate scenes yourself.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Explore the unusual and playful world of Alice’s Wonderland in this traditional coloring book. I also like this Alice coloring book with a different illustration style. It’s always fun to imagine Wonderland, don’t you think?
Filled with both little of the Peter Pan story and a lot of artwork for your coloring enthusiasts.
Based on the original Garth Williams illustrations, this Little House coloring book includes quotes and pages to color as well. Some of the illustrations are quite dark with less white space to color but because this was my FAVORITE book series as a kid, the nostalgia makes up for that.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
This cool Dover book includes the story (shortened) with pictures you can color, too!
The Chronicles of Narnia
Because this features the original art from illustrator Pauline Baynes, it’s a bit less enjoyable to color since it wasn’t designed specifically for that purpose. However, the quotes and illustrations are just as magical as the books, whether you color them in or not.
The Jungle Book
Whoa, this is very detailed book filled with both quotes and illustrations.
The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book
I was surprised to discover so many YA bestsellers as coloring books so this is a very delightful surprise. If you haven’t read this reimagined sci-fi Cinderella series by Marissa Meyer — do it, every single book is each excellent! (My review here.)
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Which coloring book would your kids want to start first?
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