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Coloring Books for Adults and Older Kids

Updated on March 30, 2015

Coloring is Not Just for Kids!

Coloring books are a fun activity for children. Many kids like to color pictures of their favorite characters, animals and other scenes. However, many people do not realize that coloring, especially in adult coloring books, is a fun activity for adults too.

While adults can enjoy coloring in standard books, there is a growing market of coloring books designed with adults in mind. One of the major publishers of these books is Dover. There are many different designs of Dover coloring books that the adult coloring fan is sure to enjoy. A great benefit to the products offered by Dover is that they are very affordable as well as well-designed.

The Cat Coloring Book

This coloring book features many of the most popular breeds of cats from A to Z. Unlike other coloring books out there that feature felines, this cat coloring book does a great job of making the cats look realistic. Any cat lover, adult or child, is sure to enjoy coloring these great cat coloring pictures. I have to admit, I have colored this book myself more than once!

If cats aren't your thing (what?) Dover also makes a dog, bird and other animal books to scratch your coloring itch.

Medieval Tapestries Coloring Book

This Medieval coloring book has several different tapestries that are fun to color. Each of the pictures come with a bit of historical information, so you are learning about this period in history at the same time . This book is considered one of the more challenging adult coloring books that Dover offers and will fill many hours of fun-filled coloring time.

Paisley Designs Coloring Book

This coloring book features many artistically rendered paisley designs. Designs like this are very popular for adult coloring books, and really allow your creativity to shine through when you work on them.Whether you choose pastel shades, bolds or neons, you can make it your own.

Art Masterpieces to Color: 60 Great Paintings from Botticelli to Picasso

Art Masterpieces to Color is a large, thick coloring book that features some of the best-known pieces of art from history. Art coloring books allow you the chance to either duplicate the art in your best shades, or you can try your hand at changing history when you color these patterns using different colors. In reality, this is one of the best ways to learn about art--since you will see what makes the pieces actually come alive.

Celtic Design Coloring Book

If you love Celtic designs, you will probably enjoy coloring these great patterns. This book is chock full of exciting patterns to color. Like most of the Dover adult coloring books, this one has many small spaces to color, making it challenging, so children may feel daunted. However, older kids might enjoy the challenge.

Magnificent Mosaics Coloring Book

Magnificent Mosaics is just one of many geometric shape coloring books that Dover offers. The designs in this book are quite varied, so you do not feel like you are coloring the same design over and over again. The lines in this book are a bit thicker than some of the other adult coloring books, so this is perfect for older kids or those who have vision problems.

As you can see, there are many options out there for the adult who loves to color. Since many of these books have details and fine lines, you may want to choose a nice set of colored pencils or very fine tipped markers instead of trying to color with crayons. If you are fan of coloring like I am, maybe these coloring books will give you some inspiration.


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      3 years ago

      That inhtgsi's perfect for what I need. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      I recently discovered adult coloring books as well. I used to color with my children when they were young. I have thought about buying a coloring book of flowers for my 90 year old mother. She loved to sew and do other creative crafts but is no longer able so I am hoping she will enjoy coloring. Haven't bought her the books yet but reading your hub solidifies that I need to go ahead and buy them for her (and color with her). Thanks

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I read this the other day and haven't stopped thinking about it! I mean, with 3 girls under 5 y.o., there are only so many pictures of Barbie that I can color! I just may buy some of these for myself ... and not share!

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      Katherine Koch 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      When I sit down with the kids to color, it really is relaxing. You can just lose yourself in the task at hand. And these coloring books are really beautiful.

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      Anna Green 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh, wow! I love these! I am a mental health therapist (in-training) and coloring is one relaxation and creative expression activity that we like to suggest for adult clients. These coloring books seem perfect for that. I bookmarked this hub and will definitely be buying some of these books soon.

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      Megan Coogle 

      7 years ago from Alabama

      Love this suggestions. Great hub!

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      7 years ago from Georgia

      Manthy--I love my poker and karaoke but it took my 8 year old to help me rediscover the love of coloring. :)

    • manthy profile image


      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Not for me but thanks for sharing it ;0)

      I'll stick to POKER & KARAOKE

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      Violeta Bocage 

      7 years ago

      I didn't know adult coloring books existed. Interesting! Something to think about doing...

      Thanks for providing this info.

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      7 years ago from Canada

      very cool, i have never heard of such things!

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      7 years ago from Greensburg, PA

      Very interesting. I did not realize how many types of coloring books are on the market for adults. I was a med. tech in memory care units for years and we always gave the residents coloring books. It was one activity they could easily relate to and enjoyed at this same time.

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      Danielle McGaw 

      7 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      This is really cool. I thought I was just weird. My favorite coloring activity is Doodle Art - great posters and so retro! When I was a kid we always had a big doodle art poster on the kitchen table and people would come over and color on it. It was fun for everyone!


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