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Anatomy and Physiology Coloring Pages and Coloring Books - Coloring ATLAS

Updated on June 15, 2013

Anatomy and Physiology Coloring Books - for Kids and College Students

This page is a comprehensive guide to coloring books about Anatomy and Physiology. These are great resources for learning anatomy. I used them in college, and loved it. It helped me learn in a way that was calming and fun, instead of frustrating and boring.

You will also find lots of free printable coloring pages having to do with all facets of the anatomy of the human body, such as muscles, skull, bones, nerves, heart, lung, brain and spinal cord.

Most of this page is geared towards adult and college level learning, but at the bottom of the page I do have some recommendations for children, adolescents and high school learners (be in class or home schooled). This page is full of educational resources for all ages.

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Anatomy Coloring Sheet
Anatomy Coloring Sheet

Coloring to Learn Anatomy?


A great way to learn Anatomy and Physiology is through Coloring books. During the coloring process, the muscles, bones, nerves, and other structures as well as other information are colored, and the information is thought about, and the brain can gather the info for storage in different ways - kinesthetic (learning by doing and moving) The Optical (Vision) Cortical (thinking), Repetition, and it forces the brain to take in the information on BOTH sides of the brain. Your brain has an artistic side and an analytical side. If you are coloring the information, both sides of brain are used, and hence the info goes in stronger.

These coloring books and coloring pages are helpful for both kids (such as home schooled kids, or kids in traditional school that are learning about anatomy and physiology type areas, as well as College Students that are learning the specific details that will soon form the basis of their careers.

I am an occupational therapist. I, myself, used these type of books as part of my learning, and I felt that they helped significantly. Others at the college used them as well, and some of them used them as a "getaway" from the traditional books.

If you are a student learning these topics, I strongly suggest that you get one of these books to help you hard wire the info, in a fun way.

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THE Anatomy Coloring Book

This is by far the most common and popular coloring book for college students. It is the one that I had and the one that my college professors recommended. I learned a lot from coloring this book.

The Anatomy Coloring Book
The Anatomy Coloring Book

This book is widely accepted as "THE anatomy coloring book". It has come out with newer additions with new printings. The authors are well respected in the therapy and medical fields. This book would be of benefit to medical students, and Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy Students. I had this book and learned a lot while using it. (It made learning boring stuff fun!)


Coloring Atlas - aprox $20.00

Price usually matters significantly to college students. Students learning anatomy can benefit from a coloring book drastically. These are the higher end priced, and still they are about 20 bucks. These books, as the more expensive ones, are still much less expensive than the TEXT book and the ATLAS.


Are you wondering - What do I get for a graduation present for someone going to college for:







Netter's Anatomy Coloring Book - Known for his anatomical drawings

Netter is has a way of making anatomy understandable. His pictures are clear and easy to follow. His atlas is the one we use in our therapy clinic when showing things to our patients. --- For less than 12.00, this is a steal!

Netter's art is so well respected - you can purchase any page from his atlas as a blown up size poster for your clinic.

You can also see many of the images from the netter coloring book here.

The site does not really give it justice - His stuff is very intricate though, and some people prefer a simpler pic to color. This website does, though, give you a peek into the art of Netter's Anatomy.

Netter's Anatomy Coloring Book: with Student Consult Access (Netter Basic Science)
Netter's Anatomy Coloring Book: with Student Consult Access (Netter Basic Science)

Netter is knows for his AWESOME drawings. His atlas is ideal and easiest to use. I did not actually have his coloring books, but I think that it would be worth buying. I would have purchased this one (had I known what I know now about Netter) as his atlas is superior to many others.


I can go more than $10 but Keep it under $15 please - Buy Midrange Priced

Many people like to go middle of the range for price - these are still pretty inexpensive - Under $15

Use both sides of Your Brain when you learn anatomy!

The brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and the full neurological system is very intricate and difficult to master.

The skeleton, including skull and 216 bones, all have many parts with separate names and features to learn.

The blood vessels and circulatory system are complicated in design.

The many vital internal organs such as heart, lungs, liver etc. are unique and have a lot of distinguishing components and functions to understand.

These are all ares that require a lot of time, effort and energy to learn.

It is recommended to put this info into memory as strongly as possible. That means in as many different ways as possible - so don't just read the info in a Text, or look at a picture in an atlas - DO ! - Coloring this information will use the "creative" part of your brain to learn as well!

For more information on the differences of how you use each side of your brain - click on the picture - it will take you to a great website on that topic.

For learning - try your best to put the info in to BOTH sides of your brain to get the best recall on the test, and later in career!

What Do I Use To Color In These Anatomy Coloring Books? Crayons? - No, Colored Pencils!

Take it from me - you will NOT want to use regular crayons - the color does not stay in place well with those. Get yourself a NICE set of colored pencils. You will be happy you did. Have a great time coloring!

Bundle Your Anatomy

Sometimes you can get deals when you buy books in groups. Just be sure to look to see that you want everything in the group before buying the bundle.

Musculoskeletal Anatomy Coloring Book 2e - Text and Flashcards 2e Package
Musculoskeletal Anatomy Coloring Book 2e - Text and Flashcards 2e Package

Note that this is a package - not just one book. It has a text book and flashcards as well as coloring book. Be sure that the TEXT is what you want before you buy this ... you may want ot get a different one if it is not the right text.


Sentimental but Useful Graduation Gift!

For a mom that might be wanting a sentimental present, representing the days of their childhood, coloring with Mom, or their love of coloring, and also how they are grown up ... and going to college - it may be the PERFECT present.

Anatomy Coloring Books For Under $10.00 - On A Budget? Don't want to put too much money out on a coloring book?

If your not sure you would love these, or learn from these - why not choose one of the lesser expensive ones to try it out. These are all under ten bucks!

McMurtrie's Human Anatomy Coloring Book
McMurtrie's Human Anatomy Coloring Book

Gets all 5 stars for review - but only a couple reviewers on Amazon. I did have a friend in college that had this one - and she loved it. I had a different one.

Mosby's Anatomy Coloring Book
Mosby's Anatomy Coloring Book

Mosby has a great Atlas - so this might be a good one to get if you go with the Mosby Atlas - This coloring book, though has lower reviews on Amazon ... (I did not have this coloring book, but I did have the Atlas)

Anatomy Coloring Workbook, Second Edition (Bk. 2)
Anatomy Coloring Workbook, Second Edition (Bk. 2)

Although less expensive, it has great reviews 4.5 stars from 16 reviews.

Human Anatomy Coloring Book
Human Anatomy Coloring Book

I have not had personal experience with this one - sorry

Has no reviews, but there are sellers selling for as little as 50 cents - so if budget is concern - this might help. Amazon main price is 35.00 (so that indicated decent book ...) but the secondary buyers start at 9.45 with free shipping. There are "used like new" for about 5 bucks.


Ever had a coloring book like this before ?

Have you ever colored to learn - Using both sides of your brain?

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Kaplan Anatomy Coloring book - 3rd Edition

The earlier additions are above.

Kaplan has been a name brand for these coloring books. They are well done and worth buying. You will get what your looking for from Kaplan.

Anatomy Coloring Book
Anatomy Coloring Book

Very similar book by same authors under the name "Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book" a couple listed above - both are cheaper. Not sure why this one is so much ... I really wouldn't go over 20 bucks for a coloring book - there are so many good ones in that price range that I do not think it is needed. But this one is their newest edition and they are well known for their coloring books. (I would probably get one of the ones above though, if going for Kaplan - price on this one just seems a bit high to me ... and really, the anatomy of the human body has not changed in the past few years).


Educators Recomend Coloring for Learning

There are benefits of using coloring in the learning process. It makes learning active and it activate other parts of your brain. Plus it's fun.

Learn Why Educationists Recommend Coloring Pages and Pictures for Children Education.

Perfect Graduation Present for Student Going to College for Therapy or Medical Field

Is your friend, Son/Daughter, Grandchild, Sibling Graduating with a Medical Field in mind as a major for college?

Are you wondering what to get for a graduation present for someone going to college for ....







The anatomy coloring books are not very expensive in general, and they make for a great graduation present. The graduate might chuckle a bit when they get a coloring book, but they will see in time, that it is a very useful learning tool.

For a mom that might be wanting a sentimental present, representing the days of their childhood, coloring with Mom, or their love of coloring, and also how they are grown up ... and going to college, it may be the PERFECT present.

Also, please note that the professor/college usually tells the students exactly what books to purchase. The coloring book, though, is usually optional, and they suggest you get one, but do not give assignments in it, so any one would be OK. Rest assured, the book will be the right one, as any will help and none are usually required.

Use This Diagram for Quiz

Use This Diagram for Quiz
Use This Diagram for Quiz


Once you have learned where everything is - why not learn how they work ?

These are more coloring books that discuss the physiology of the human anatomy. Several of them are made by same authors as the anatomy books above and compliment them well.

If buying only one, I would go with Anatomy as I found them more helpful, but if you love the coloring - why not do the physiology too ...

Free and printable coloring anatomy pages - Appropriate for Adult or College Student

If you just want to try a page or two before you buy a book, then try one of these printable coloring pages.

If you are interested in this though, I strongly suggest purchasing a book above. The quality of the coloring pages in those books are so much better than any printable pages. They range from as little as five bucks new (and 16 cents from some secondary sellers) to about 20 bucks.

I know free and printable sounds great, but for a college student learning anatomy the books are comprehensive, and they are exactly what you need. I suggest this link mainly so you get a few places to peek and see a little bit more of what to expect.

The Brain - Neuroanatomy

These books specifically are about the brain. Neurological System is very difficult to learn as it is very complex. I found drawing the structures to be helpful. The last book in this section is not a coloring book, but a DRAWING book. I found that more helpful. Coloring though was also good for brain structures.

A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book (2nd Edition)
A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book (2nd Edition)

This has more info in it than the other coloring books - so it matters if your looking for an info book or just a coloring book - most people have the TEXT book for the info and the coloring book is an adjunct ...

Neuroanatomy: Draw It to Know It
Neuroanatomy: Draw It to Know It

Drawing the structures help - you not only color them, but you can actually draw them - this was helpful for me to visualize where everything is - and drawing it put it deep in MY brain !


Neurological System - Free Printable Coloring Pages - Brain, Brain Stem and Spinal Cord

These images are not all quite as high level as the coloring books - but free and printable, and may be useful for younger learners. Beginners in higher levels may find these images useful for practice for labeling etc.

Any Coloring Books On Ebay Right Now?

This module will self populate with a few that are listed currently - click "bid now" and it will take you to Ebay (not put in bid) so you can view, or search for more ... you are not committing to buy with this click, just being transported to ebay ...

Kids - Not College - Look at prices - how can you not get one?

The prices do not always show on this page, but they do sometimes - the Blue one is usually aprox 2.00 the yellow one is about a buck, and the others are under 5.00 most of the time (prices do vary from time to time...)

Kids LOVE to color. and they can learn by doing it. This is a homeschooler's dream!

Most of the books featured above were aimed at the college level. They would be way to complicated for a child or middle school student. Even most high school students might find those overwhelming. (of course there are those honor students that are ahead of their peers...)

For the younger students, learning anatomy in a less advanced manor - these are my suggestions:

Start Exploring: Gray's Anatomy: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book (Start Exploring (Coloring Books))
Start Exploring: Gray's Anatomy: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book (Start Exploring (Coloring Books))

Clear Drawings and Simplified Text - this book is geared for the anatomy beginner - Great for home-schooled kids or in the classroom. States for 3rd grade and up - Great for middles school or high school in my opinion.

Human Anatomy Coloring Book (Dover Children's Science Books)
Human Anatomy Coloring Book (Dover Children's Science Books)

You know this book should be quality, made by Dover Children's Books - They make GREAT coloring books of all kinds.


Coloring Pages - Free and Printable - Simple General Anatomy for Kids

These are geared more for kids than college students - most images are grossly drawn and the general idea is conveyed, specific structures not necessarily labeled or identified.

Preschool Anatomy - Body Parts

If teaching preschoolers about Anatomy - you are likely looking for very simple coloring pages. Most everything on this page will not be of much use to you ... SORRY - but here re a couple of links that DO have preschool Body Parts. Good Luck - maybe your little one will grow up and enter medical field, and you will be searching this page up again in 15 years to find a nice graduation present!

I love to hear from visitors! Have any insight into these coloring books?

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    • NizzleNet LM profile image

      NizzleNet LM 

      4 years ago

      Being a visual learner, I think this lens gives great info and shows creative ways to educate everyone on a challenging subject. Thx!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, big fan of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Being in medical school i can totally relate to it

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      6 years ago from Boston

      I remember using books like this when I was in college studying physiology. They are so critical to learning the body. Great lens.

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      6 years ago

      Amazing lesn! I like it.

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      6 years ago from Doha Qatar

      This is amazing! I will show this anatomy coloring pages to my son.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      I used an anatomy coloring book to help learn anatomy. It was very helpful.

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      Miha Gasper 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      What a great idea! We use to think about coloring pages just as way of time passing but they can be extremely educational!

      Thanks for all resources:-)

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      Virginia Allum LM 

      6 years ago

      I used one of these during my nursing training and I agree with you -it's a great way to learn

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      6 years ago

      What a brilliant way to learn anatomy, thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Now this has to be one of the most educational coloring pages and books lenses I have seen. Excellent resource!


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