The Best Coloring Books

    Posted by  ·  January 5, 2009

    Someone left me a comment asking what are my favorite coloring books.  Actually until I had my princess loving daughter I was never a big fan of coloring books and my two boys never really used or seemed to enjoy them.  I always felt a plain piece of paper was the way to go, but my four year old loves plain old fashion coloring books—the more princesses the better. So for her I have scummed.

    For older children my favorite coloring books are a series of clever books by Susan Striker, The Anti-Coloring Book: Creative Activities for Ages 6 and Up

    The pages of these books are filled with open ended questions to get a child thinking and creating!

    Often times a blank page is intimidating for a child.  These books  provide a nice prompt for getting the imagination flowing! You may try some free sample pages of Susan Striker’s books here.

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    1. Monday, January 12th, 2009
      Brilliant! I have a bug who does love to colour-in but also does his own unique creations so I'm not too worried about him colouring-in as long its a quality design - these look great. I have also liked the look of these

      Something I will do if Hug-bug wants to colour-in is do a quick google search for *mandalas*. You can find some great ones online for free & it's a kinda spiritual experience :)
    2. Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
      Love this idea. So much more fun and creative!
    3. Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
      I have these!! They are wonderful. Used to use them in my classroom when I taught -- kids loved them.
    4. Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
      This is really cool. Thank you so much for recommendation. I just got a new box of crayons and can't wait to get started!
    5. Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
      great book! Love it! Thanks for the idea for my nephew! Happy new year too!
    6. Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
      TOO COOL! Thank you so much for the suggestion! I always look for unique coloring books, since I loved them so much as a child, but my daughter definitely likes to do her own thing -- these books are right up her alley!
    7. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      I love the anti-coloring book series to use w/ my middle school students! They also love the intricate designs of the stained glass window books.
    8. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      this is great, I think a blank page can be intimidating for an adult! I almost want to get one of these for myself to prompt me to 'color'

      fantastic! thanks for sharing.
    9. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      What an awesome Idea. I have always hated coloring books and have preferred just paper. This is a great find!
    10. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      Great tip...will be getting some of those for the Grandma stash. I love them.
    11. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      I've never seen these before, how fun
    12. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      I haven't seen this coloring book. I'll have to print off some sample pages and try them with my kids. Looks wonderful!
    13. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      Hello there
      I had one of these when my eldest was young, (he's now 20) and he, and in turn my daughter and younger son all enjoyed it (I had the (unusual for me in those days, oh the things I've learnt) foresight to photocopy it the first time around, and so still have most of the pages of the original, including the one referring to the year 2001 as if it is way in the future, much to my youngest's amusement).

      Another which has been a hit, as in fact all Klutz books are, is The Only Coloring, Puzzle, Game, Dot-to Dot Activity Book You'll Ever Need.

      I am enjoying your blog.
      Happy New Year.
    14. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      Terrific! Thanks so much...
    15. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      nice, thanks for sharing
    16. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      LOVE IT!
    17. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      Along the same lines, Taro Gomi has a series of "coloring" books that prompt imaginative thinking and creativity. And they're huge! Doodles, Squiggles, and Scribbles are the ones with which I am familiar.
    18. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      I love these coloring books. I love that it makes your child use their imagination and they have to think too.
    19. Monday, January 5th, 2009
      What a great book! I'll be getting that one for sure!