Are you looking for ways to wind down and find some inner peace? Is your hectic life starting to take its toll on you? The same can be said for many others like you. That’s why coloring books for adults have become such a hit. Coloring books aren’t just for children anymore. Like so many other things in life, an old pastime has become a new, rediscovered joy.

Remember the fun you had when you were a child and you spent hours filling in your coloring book? Adult coloring books achieve those same feelings of serenity and accomplishment when you complete filling in a colorful masterpiece that you’ll want to show off in your home.

Below, you’ll find a list of 10 coloring books for you to choose from to help fulfill your artistic side’s need to express itself.

1. Color this Book: New York City

Courtesy of Chronicle Books

Whether you’re a tourist or a native New Yorker, you’ll love coloring in the different scenes of the city that never sleeps. Must-have scenes include the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and much more. The coloring book’s creator, Abbi Jacobson, illustrates all of the quirky charms that this city has to offer.

2. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: Magical Creatures Coloring Book

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If you still love New York, you’ll love this HarperCollins Publishers’ coloring book that transports you back to 1926 New York City. Not only will you meet the lead character Newt Scamaner, but you’ll also meet his magical creatures. The pictures are in black and white, so you will thoroughly enjoy coloring in the beasts, Newt and his world of wizardry.

3. Dinosaurs With Jobs: A Coloring Book Celebrating Our Old-School Coworkers

Courtesy of Theo Nicole Lorenz

If you love dinosaurs and the many jobs that they do, then this is the coloring book for you. Everyone knows how hard (and long) dinosaurs work at their jobs. Now, you can color them in as they toil at such professions as tech support specialists, dog groomers, driving instructors and various other demanding occupations. This is a great book that works well with both markers and crayons. Special thanks to the author, Theo Nicole Lorenz, for alerting us to the daily struggles of dinosaurs.

4. Secret Garden: 20 Postcards

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Johanna Basford’s 20 detachable postcards drawn in ink are beautiful depictions of the flowers and tiny creatures that live in her Secret Garden. After you have colorfully brought the pictures to life, you’ll want to share them with your friends and relatives. These cards will bring out both the artist and gardener in you.

5. Simply Circular Designs

Courtesy of Dover Publications

This intricate collection of triangles, circles, pentagons and other geometric shapes will captivate and delight you as you color them in with crayons, inks or pencils. These designs will keep you entertained for a long time to come. This is a must-have coloring book for pop-art lovers.

6. Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired By Alice’s Adventures

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Pen and ink artist, Amily Shen’s awe-inspiring interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland”, will take you back to that delightful childhood story. Seeing the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and the others will have you coloring these pictures for hours.

7. Mandalas Adult Coloring Book Set

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Newbourne Media has created this coloring book to help restore a sense of calm to your otherwise hectic life. Each mandalas pattern is beautiful as well as unique and will encourage you to color in your emerging masterpiece. The eye-appeal of your finished work will inspire you to create another. Along with the coloring book’s detachable pages, you also get 12 non-toxic double-sided colored pencils and a pencil sharpener.

8. Creative Haven Mehndi Designs Coloring Book: Traditional Body Art

Courtesy of Dover Publications

These pictures of butterflies, exotic birds, flowers and paisley prints come from the practice of henna body painting that occurred during ancient times. Author Marty Noble has displayed many Middle Eastern and African influences in his work. This is one coloring book that you will not be able to put down.

9. Pattern and Design Coloring Book

Courtesy of Jenean Morrison

Illustrator Jenean Morrison has outdone herself with this coloring book of florals, abstract prints and paisley designs. When you color these exquisite images, you’ll feel like the international artist that created them.

10. My Colorful Town: A Coloring Tour

Courtesy of Amazon

Japanese author, Chiaki Ida, does a slightly different approach to a coloring book. Each page is a cream color, which gives the coloring book a slightly vintage look. With that soothing atmosphere, you are following the adventures of a young girl as she walks through her hometown. You go with her as she visits the local dress shop, bookstore, florist and other establishments. Coloring such selections as tasty bakery sweets, the inventory of an antique store as well as the goods of other shops will tickle your fancy and bring back feelings of childhood nostalgia.


Coloring books have come a long way over the years. What was once for children only is now for people of all ages. You will marvel at all of the different types of adult coloring books that are on the market these days. Not only will these books entertain you, but they will also release your creative juices and reduce your stress levels.

Grab yourself a coloring book and let the fun begin. You’ll see what everyone has been raving about, and you’ll be glad that you did.


About the author

Lexie Lu

Hello! My name is Lexie and I have a fervor for design, writing, and coffee. I graduated with a dual major in Creative Writing and Commercial Design, and through those grueling study hours (facilitated by coffee, of course) I always found time to write for myself.

My posts feature design trends throughout all industries and show how the field is always changing. There’s never a dull moment in the design world!

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