The Comeback of Coloring Books (Including the Ones for Adults!)

You may be astonished to know that three of Amazon’s top 10 bestselling books in 2015 were adult coloring books for adults. If you don’t believe it, Google it. The three coloring books for adults that made the list are:

  • Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book
  • Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book
  • Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns

You might believe that selling thousands of adult coloring books looks like a new trend. You’d be wrong. Adult coloring books made The NYT 1962 Bestsellers List. Barbra Streisand was encouraged to sing a song about them.

The big difference is that adult coloring books in the 1960s had political ideas. Today, adult coloring books ensures stress relief and relaxation. The New Republic had an article headlined, “The Fundamental History Adult Coloring Books of the 60s.”

Crayola is also getting in on it the latest trend. There’s nothing like opening a new box Crayons. Recently, Crayola presented its first line of adult coloring books in its history of being around for over 112 years. Rightly called Color Escapes, Crayola’s line claims specified coloring pages designed for adults. These adult versions of the children’s classic are geared to be about themes like patterns and nature.

Coloring in these books lets you concentrate on the present instead of pondering about the worries of the world.

Coloring books have helped a lot of people, including a large number of adults from young to seniors, have more positivity in their lives. NPR asked their listeners if they liked to color, and thousands said yes. One listener said they were in the hospital for a few weeks. Thy used adult coloring books to be in a world without the fluorescent lights and sterile rooms.