Best Children’s Coloring Books
Coloring books have evolved considerably in recent years, with hundreds upon hundreds of options to choose from featuring every character or landscape you can think of. The top 10 best children’s coloring books sifts through the bevy of seemingly-endless choices to provide you and your children with a wonderful selection.
Pick from coloring books inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter, or those featuring beloved Disney princesses. The 2017 best children’s coloring books also features an appearance by Mickey Mouse, some kitties and doggies, and a few maritime creatures. Combination coloring and activity books are also available to keep your youngling intrigued.
Coloring books let your children experiment with colors, enhance their artistic abilities, and learn more about shapes. Provide your children with activity books not only to keep them occupied, but to keep their brains active and stimulated. They are ideal for long car rides and any other time you do not want your child to get bored. You might find you want to “help” them color a few books!
What’s here: This fantastic compilation of the ten best coloring books for the spring and summer months of 2017 was created by real moms and educators who enjoyed these books themselves or taught them in class. Numerous types and themes of books are included in the list to keep your youngin’ stimulated.
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Post Updated: April 9th, 2017
1. Harry Potter Coloring Book #1 by Scholastic
2. Coloring Book For Minecraft Fans by Gameplay Publishing
3. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
4. Crayola Shopkins Color and Sticker Book
5. Melissa & Doug Jumbo Animals Coloring Pad
6. Disney Princess – Perfect Princesses by RH Disney
7. Wow (Angie’s Extreme Coloring Books Volume 1) by Angie Grace
8. Mickey Mouse Coloring Book Set by Disney
9. Underwater Ocean Coloring Book: Fish and Sea Life! by Lilt Kids Coloring Books
10. PAW Patrol Coloring and Activity Book Set by Nickelodeon
Top 10 Coloring Books for Kids:
Ages: 8 – 12
The Harry Potter Coloring Book #1 by Scholastic hits the top of the charts as first of the top 10 coloring books for kids 2017.
Color the wonderful, magical world of Harry Potter. This coloring book is great for all ages of Harry Potter fanatics, but artsy kids will especially love the attention to detail in every page of outlines. Everything that makes the Harry Potter series amazing is in this book. Includes full-color movie artwork.
Ages: 4 – 8
The Coloring Book For Minecraft Fans by Gameplay Publishing makes it to 2nd place of the best kids’ coloring books this year.
For Minecraft fans the world over, this coloring book boasts 60 ginormous pages of Minecraft scenes. Little artists will color their favorite territories, like The End, the Cave, or the desert temples. Of course, Steve and the creepers are represented.
Ages: 8 and up
Great for kids and adults – Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford makes it to 3rd of the best children’s coloring books for 2017.
While marketed for kids, this coloring book is a stress reliever for adults too. There are hidden pictures in the Secret Garden—ones you can only find through filling in the pages with vivid, bold color. The designs are intricate, so this coloring project requires patience and attention to detail.
Ages: 4 and up
Next on our list – Crayola Shopkins Color and Sticker Book.
I recently colored a bunch of these Shopkins pages for a little girl’s birthday party. It was a huge hit—and I have Crayola to thank for it.
This coloring book is packed with 32 thick pages, each one featuring a favorite Shopkins character.
Also includes 50 full-color Shopkins stickers.
Ages: 3 – 6
The Jumbo Animals Coloring Pad from Melissa & Doug makes it to 5th of the top coloring books this year.
Ginormous and perfect for artsy toddlers. This coloring pad features 50 jumbo-sized coloring pages, each one with a detailed tear-out picture of an animal, like dogs, birds, snakes, and butterflies. This coloring book encourages concentration with minute details to color.
Ages: 3 – 7
Hitting the 6th spot on the list – Disney Princess – Perfect Princesses by RH Disney.
There are a handful of Disney princesses, and each one is represented beautifully in this coloring book.
Ariel poses in her beautiful pink gown. Belle twirls in the yellow dress she wore to dance with the Beast. Jasmine plays coy with Aladdin, and Cinderella pirouettes until midnight.
Lovin’ this one!
So fun! Wow (Angie’s Extreme Coloring Books Volume 1) by Angie Grace also makes it to the lineup of the best kids’ coloring books for 2017.
It surprised me when people came up with “adult coloring books,” like it was a new concept. I have been coloring for decades. Ha! Should have patented that idea. Wink! But I digress. I love this coloring book because Wow! Best with fine-tipped markers, the designs are amazingly, beautifully intricate.
For those Mickey fans (such as myself) – Mickey Mouse Coloring Book Set by Disney manages a spot at #8 of the top children’s coloring books.
There are four Disney coloring books in this single collection. All of them feature Mickey Mouse and his friends, like Donald Duck, Goofy, and Minnie Mouse.
Even Pete makes an appearance or two. Not only are there coloring pages, but each book is packed with puzzles, mazes, and word games.
Simple and so much fun. This coloring book features underwater scenes in a cartoony, cute drawing style.
There are sharks with swimming goggles, fish with ginormous flippers, and dozens of other cool, decked-out, silly sea creatures. Great for crayon artists.
Ages: 2 and up
The final addition to 2017’s top ten kids’ coloring books is the PAW Patrol Coloring and Activity Book Set by Nickelodeon.
There are two PAW Patrol coloring books in this collection. Each one is 96 pages long, featuring mazes, puzzles, games, and coloring outlines. Of course, all of the PAW Patrol favorites are here, including Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Rubble, and Marshall.
Update note: This Top 10 Coloring Books for Kids 2017 page was modified to reflect current
information on April 9th, 2017.