1) Rosie Flo's Coloring Book by Roz Streeten- There are 12 books in the Rosie Flo series, each one features beautifully drawn pages, often of clothing, that allow kids to finish and color the design in their own way. The books are designed by Roz Streeten who started the line after hours of drawing dresses for her own daughters!
2) Doodles: A Really Giant Coloring and Doodling Book By Taro Gami- Doodles is actually just one of several kids coloring books by Taro Gami. Each book is filled with simple black line drawings that encourage kids to use their imaginations to finish the rest of the page.
3) I Absolutely Must Do Coloring Now or Painting or Drawing By Lauren Child- If you love Charlie and Lola, and we love Charlie and Lola at our house, then this is a perfect book for you. Each page features Charlie and Lola off on an adventure but leaves plenty of space for the reader to add their own imaginative drawings and paintings.
4) The Coloring Book By Herve Tullet- Tullet, is a French author/illustrator of a series of very creative books for kids. Every book including Press Here (another one of our favorites) encourages the kids to interact with the book in a creative thought provoking way. The Coloring Book, is all drawn in Black and White and encourages the child to use color in different ways to finish the pages.
5) The Anti-Coloring Book By Susan Striker and Edward Kimmel- At this point there are many, many books in the Anti-coloring book series. Striker has been making them since the late 1970's. While these books are geared to children a little older, like 6-12, even little ones could enjoy these books with a little help. Each page asks the reader to do something different like design a wrapper for their own gum, or pack for a trip to the moon.
6) Let's Make Some Great Art By Marion Deuchars- We just recently got this book and I love it! It is like a time travel through all kinds of art periods, styles and mediums. Each page is filled with activities that could be completed by a kid, an adult or a kid and adult together!
7) Make Your Own Coloring Book- For The Bee's 2nd birthday we had a coloring themed party and I made a Bee inspired coloring book as the favor. I spent a few nights drawing interesting patterns on paper and then tracing over the designs with black sharpie. I then photocopied the pages and assembled them with some crayons for everyone at the party. Now that the Bee is getting a little older I have been thinking about having her design her own!