Coloring & Activity Books for Kids

There seems to be a new found love of coloring these days and coloring books aren’t what they use to be. The designs are elaborate and the books printed on superior quality paper. This isn’t your grandmother’s coloring book, or for that fact, it’s probably not your parents’ coloring book either. I remember coloring books on the tan colored paper that easily ripped. Coloring devices have also come a long way as there are gel pens, markers, colored pencils and so many other options besides the good old crayon. Here are a few of our favorites from Fox Chapel Publishing. Special thanks to them for sending us over copies to keep us busy for hours on end. All opinions are our own.
Design Originals Notebook Doodles Sweets & Treats

Notebook Doodles: Sweets & Treats

Coloring has never been so yummy! Youthful readers will find sweet inspiration inside this fun and engaging coloring book for tweens. From cupcakes and cannoli to gingerbread and gelato, these scrumptious designs from talented artist Jess Volinski offer empowering art activities for young girls. Jess also includes instructions on basic coloring techniques, fully colored examples, and motivational quotes to go with every design. All new Lets Explore Color activities make coloring easy for beginners, with fully colored examples and help in choosing colors. Watercolors, colored pencils, markers, crayons, and gel pens will all look stunning on archival-grade, acid-free, 200-year paper. Each one-sided page is perforated, so when it’s finished, it can easily be removed to hang up or give as a gift.

Why we LOVE this book:

  • Has pages where you can add your own designs
  • Pictures in the beginning of the book come with color wheel suggestions
  • Fun book for parents to color alongside their children with
  • Choices that will appeal to both boys and girls

Hippie Animals Coloring Book

Hippie Animals Coloring Book

Make art not war with Hippie Animals, the grooviest coloring book yet from bestselling artist Thaneeya McArdle! These fabulous furry freaks are totally stoked on coloring. Each bohemian beast will take you to a happy place of patterning, shading, and coloring. Thaneeya’s whimsical images offer a fun and hassle free way to de-stress and give coloring a chance. Hippie Animals Coloring Book includes handy guides to coloring techniques like patterning, combinations, and shading. Guided Coloring Pages make coloring easy for beginners, with beautifully colored examples and ready-to-use color palettes. Perfect for decorating with all of your favorite coloring implements, each design is printed on one side only of archival-grade, acid-free, 200-year paper. Perforated pages detach easily for gifting or display.

Why we LOVE this book:

  • Cute and extremely fun to color
  • Has detailed directions and suggestions for mixing and shading
  • Quality paper that allows you to color with gel pens and not have it bleed through
  • Pages can be removed easily so finished pieces can be displayed or given to others
  • Did we say, the animals in this book are a hoot!!!

Dominion of Giants Coloring Book

Dominion of Giants Coloring Book

While this one doesn’t seem to fit in with the others, we found it just as intriguing to color as the first two. Discover a fabled dominion where Giants are a part of everyday life. In this imaginative coloring book, fantasy illustrator Eric Messinger takes you inside an alternate fantasy world of Kingdom Giants, Hill Giants, Mountain Giants, War Giants, and more. Ranging in mood from ferocious to gentle, these gargantuan humanoids are ready to color with markers, colored pencils, watercolors, or gel pens. Dominion of Giants Coloring Book includes handy guides to coloring techniques like patterning, combinations, and shading. Guided Coloring Pages make coloring easy for beginners, with beautifully colored examples and ready-to-use color palettes. Each design is printed on one side only of archival-grade, acid-free, 200-year paper, and perforated pages detach easily for gifting or display.

Why we LOVE this book:

  • Designs are detailed
  • Fun fantasy designs featuring trolls, dwarfs and more
  • Nice paper that works well with colored pencils
  • Designs are one-sided and easily removed from book
  • A masculine coloring book that will still appeal to females that enjoy the fantasy realm

Go Girl

Notebook Doodles – Go Girl!

Notebook Doodles Go Girl! is not just another kid’s coloring book! It is designed specifically for the design-savvy TWEEN who thinks kids books are too juvenile and mom’s adult coloring books are too, well…adult! Inside this book, youthful readers will discover 30 interactive art activities that are just waiting to be filled with color. They will also find a coloring art lesson, 20 inspiring color palettes, 8 pages of colored examples, and inspiring quotes to go with every design. Watercolors, colored pencils, markers, crayons, and gel pens will all look stunning on high-quality, extra-thick paper. Each page is perforated, so when it’s finished, it can easily be removed to hang up or give as a gift.

Why we LOVE this book:

  • Perfect graduation gift for the Middle School and High School Student
  • Pictures that are fun and uplifting to color
  • Quality paper that allows you to color with gel pens and not have it bleed through
  • Pages can be removed easily so finished pieces can be displayed or given to others
  • Age appropriate for tweens – not too childish and not too adult