Coloring Books the Whole Family Will Want to Scribble In

If you’ve found yourself intently filling in a coloring book—with nary a child in sight—you’re not alone. Adult coloring books continue to rise in popularity, touted for promoting relaxation and mindfulness. Somewhere between The Stress Less Mandala Coloring Book and Cookin’ Up Some Color, Yo (yep, “Breaking Bad” has its own edition) the coloring books of yore (i.e. for kids) have all but disappeared. Below is a round-up for all ages, which go far beyond the underwhelming offerings at the dollar store, while also dialing down the quirkiness of, say, a bathrobe-clad Bill Murray to color in (Thrill Murray). Plus, this new crop covers everything from stylemakers through history to the world’s most fascinating places, so you and your little ones might learn a thing or two.

Kidbox-Birdtopia-coloring-bookBirdtopia 
Families of a feather color together. And Birdtopia allows you to do just that. With over 70 pages of beautifully drawn winged wonders—from peacocks to grey owls—and as many equally gorgeous plants and flowers, this artful book is one for nature lovers of all ages. Color in the flora and fauna as they are in real life (there’s a key for identifying different species), or let your imagination take flight…

To the Moon
Tallest coloring book in the world? Yes, please. Your kids will impress their friends with this less-than-conventional coloring creation, which folds out fifteen feet. (A fun weekend or birthday party project.) Artist Sarah Yoon includes many fun creatures between Earth and the moon to keep young explorers engaged. She is also the illustrator behind To the Ocean Deep, if climbing down into the sea is more your style.

David Bowie Starman Coloring Book
Get your crayons and color outside the lines in homage to this visionary rule-breaker.
Not just a novelty item, the book is packed with quotes and inspirations from the Starman himself (“I’ve always wanted to be superhuman”), as well as from friends like Iggy Pop. Answer some trivia in between reimagining Bowie’s most dazzling looks. No one does follow-your-dreams quite like him…

Kidbox-Vogue-coloring-bookVogue Colors A-Z
Featuring early illustrated Vogue covers, one for each letter of the alphabet, this high-fashion coloring book takes a stylish look back at the Jazz Age—complete with ladies sitting atop crescent moons and sporting feathers and pearls. Sartorialists both young and old may be particularly interested in the history included here, with influences ranging from Art Deco to Cubism to color in—not to mention outfit inspiration for days.

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel Coloring Book
Part coloring book, part visual bucket list, Lonely Planet takes coloring enthusiasts on a trip around the world. There’s no one better than this spirited travel guide publisher to compile 100 destinations for your little jet-setter to learn about and get creative with. Each new place is ranked for revealing the earth’s most fascinating travel spots and offers a chance to make everywhere from the Grand Canyon to the Taj Mahal your own.