25 Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children’s Books

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Affiliate Links Grab these children’s book inspired coloring books and get your kids doing a screen-free activity. Color before, during, and while reading the actual kids’ books!

Here are four specific activity suggestions for using coloring books with your kids. Coloring books make GREAT activities for sick days and staycations! My kids like to color during read aloud time at bedtime, too. How about yours?

Best of all, coloring book time is NOT on a screen! (I’m all about that!)

As far as materials go, my kids prefer colored pencils and gel pens to markers. What about your kids?

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

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!

Peter RabbitThe Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
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he Tale of Peter Rabbit 
Do you love the stories and art of Beatrix Potter? In this book, you can read the story and color  in the pictures.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
Mother Goose

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.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
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.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
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.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
Dr. Seuss 

Whimsical and unique, you’ll be inspired as you color in the creative 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.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
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.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
Where’s Waldo
Now instead of only reading and searching, you can color in the intricate pictures and scenes yourself.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Explore the unusual and playful world of Alice’s Wonderland in this well-designed 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?

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
Peter Pan

Filled with both little of the Peter Pan book and a lot of artwork for your coloring enthusiasts.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
Little House 

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 Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
This cool Dover book includes the original children’s story (shortened) with pictures you can color, too!

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
Harry Potter 
Get creative with Hogwarts, magical creatures, and scenes from the films! (The visit this book list of books like Harry Potter.) These images are so fun!

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
Anne of Green Gables
Remember this classic novel about Anne and her adoptive family on Prince Edward Island? Try reading the book aloud to your children while they color in this book.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
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 Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
Beauty and the Beast

Creative tweens and teens will love this detailed coloring book of illustrated artwork. Not to mention, this other coloring book about The Snow Queen.


The Little Mermaid

This isn’t the Disney version of the fairy tale — but the original Hans Christian Anderson with plenty of beautiful designs to color and admire.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
The Jungle Book

Whoa, this is a very detailed book filled with both quotes and illustrations.

The Coolest Coloring Books Based on Children's Books
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.)

MORE Coloring Books Based on Young Adult Books:

The Hunger Games

The Selection 

The Red Queen 

The Throne of Glass

Mortal Instruments

Which coloring book would your kids want to start first?

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