Here follows a sampling of upcoming or recently released titles set to ride the adult coloring book wave. All pub dates are in 2016 unless otherwise specified.
The Experiment: Two entries in the Mindfulness Coloring Books series: Volume 3 (September 20) and The Mindfulness Coloring Engagement Calendar 2017 (June 26), plus a sequel to Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty by Alex Bellos and Edmund Harriss, Visions of the Universe: A Coloring Journey Through Math's Great Mysteries (November 29). 427,000 copies of the Mindfulness series are in print.
Candlewick Press: Fill-Me-In by Moose Allain (April 12) combines coloring, drawing and writing. Where's Waldo? The Coloring Book by Martin Handford (June 14) re-purposes classic Waldo scenes for coloring. The first two entries in the new series the Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes by Nosy Crow and Rebecca Jones, Nature and Flowers and Butterflies, came out March 10. The third, Christmas, comes out September 27. Each Cards and Envelopes book has stickers to seal customized cards and envelopes.
Dover Publications: In addition to its Creative Haven series (see above), Dover is releasing ESCAPES Collage Art Coloring Book by Marty Noble on April 20, with 55 illustrations inspired by "Art Nouveau posters, Japanese prints and vintage seed packets." On August 2, 2015, Dover launched National Coloring Book Day. This year's celebration, which coincides with the publisher's 75th anniversary, has events planned in 49 states (see a listing here).
New Page Books: Color Your Chakras: An Interactive Way to Understand the Energy Centers of the Body by Susan Shumsky (June 22).
Prospect Park Books: Color Pasadena by Ali Zigerell (October 11), inspired by a plane's-eye view of publisher Colleen Dunn Bates's hometown. It will be out in time for the Rose Parade.
little bee books: Street Art (August 30), Tattoo Art (August 30), Pop Art (May 31). From the Pictology series: Space Explorer by Pedro Correa (July 5) and Wild Wonders by Jake McDonald (July 5). And coming September 20: two Foil Art books by Laura Barrett, Christmas and Beauty and the Beast, which include rub-on metallic foil in addition to space for coloring.
Abrams Noterie: The publisher will continue its Vive Le Color! series throughout 2016,. The most recent titles are Flowers, Mandala, Africa and Arabia (all January 27). Upcoming are Peace and Meditation (both June 14), which include pencils, as well as Color Origami: Botanica and Color Origami: Fauna (both June 28) and Classic Coloring: Alice in Wonderland (March 1).
Chronicle Books: Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined by Steve McDonald, released last August, has sold more than 300,000 copies. A sequel, Fantastic Structures, came out March 15. A new series by Molly Hatch called Journey in Color began March 1 with two titles, French Baroque and Moroccan Motifs. Scandinavian Designs comes out September 27. Chronicle has two pop-culture tie-ins, Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book and Game of Thrones Coloring Book, as well as 642 Things to Color (August 30) and This Annoying Life: A Mindless Coloring Book for the Highly Stressed by Oslo Davis (October 4). Chronicle is the U.S. distributor for Laurence King, which gave the publisher a first-hand look at Basford's meteoric rise.
Page Street Publishing: Trinidadian artist Jade Gedeon takes colorers on a trip to her favorite places in Island Escape: My Caribbean Coloring Book (June 7) and Rainforest Escape: My Island Animal, Exotic Flower and Tropical Plant Color Book (July 5). Both books will have lay-flat binding and thick watercolor paper.
Post Hill Press: Coloring Zen for the Stressed Out Modernist by Jennifer Zimmermann (April 12) uses modern art and mid-century modern designs for relaxation. Men in Uniform Adult Coloring Book by M.G. Anthony (May 3) features buff firemen and soldiers for, um, relaxation. The Yoga Poses Adult Coloring Book by M.G. Anthony (June 14) shows 50 yoga poses. M.G. Anthony's Trump Coloring Book has been out since last December and is nearing 50,000 copies in print. Color n' Postcards: Karma by A.J. Alma (July 12), subtitled "Color Your World with Good Intentions," has 20 removable cards. From Post Hill imprint Her Universe Press: Fangirls: A Coloring Book for Girls Who Like Stuff by Katie Cook and Ashley Eckstein (June 7), for female fans of sci-fi and fantasy.
C&T Publishing: Blooming Sanctuary Coloring Book and Opulent Bazaar Coloring Book (February 7), both from the 3 Books in 1 series, feature three different illustration styles in each book. On April 7 C&T will publish The Art of Laurel Burch Coloring Book, using sketches from Burch's sketchpad thanks to a partnership with Laurel's daughter Aarin. It will also publish Tiny Friends Coloring Book (August 7) and a postcard version of the Laurel Burch book.
TarcherPerigee: In addition to WAVE (see above), it will publish The Stoner's Coloring Book: A Coloring Book for High-Minded Adults in July. Before becoming part of TarcherPerigee, Perigee released Outside the Lines: An Artists' Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations in 2013, with work by 100 contemporary and street artists. A sequel, Outside the Lines, Too, came out last September. Also from TarcherPerigee last year: Color Me Crazy: Insanely Detailed Creations to Challenge Your Skills and Blow Your Mind by Peter Deligdisch (July 7, 2015) and Color Me Cluttered: A Coloring Book to Transform Everyday Chaos into Art by Durell Godfrey (December 8, 2015).
Indiana University Press: The first in its new Color Your Campus series comes out this summer, featuring the campus of Indiana University. Talks are underway with four other universities to render their campuses colorable. Indiana University Press is the first university press to enter the adult coloring book market.
DK: Animals of the World Coloring Book (September 6), based on images from the bestselling Wildlife of the World (October 6, 2015), is DK's first foray into coloring books.
Freight Books: Colouring Scotland by Laura Henderson (October 1), with Scottish landmarks and landscapes.
Lonely Planet: Ultimate Travel Coloring Book: The 100 Best Places on the Planet... to Color (March 16), based on the top results from last year's Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See.
Harlequin: Nature's Glory by Christina Rose (February), featuring wilderness tableaux; What Lifts You by street art/social media artist Kelsey Montague (March); and Exotic Kingdom by Marty Woods (July).
Little, Brown: Two titles from wedding expert Maggie Lord--Color Me Married: The Stress-Free Way to the Big Day (April 5) and Welcome to Baby Land: Coloring for the Calm Mom (September 13). It will also publish American Road Trip: Color Your Way from Coast to Coast by Brian Sharkey Vaught and Michelle Sharkey Vaught (September 27), based on the couple's real road trip, and the Dot-to-Dot connect-the-dots series (see above).
Treehouse Publishing Group, an imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group: Painting for Peace: A Coloring Book (May 24) by Carol Swartout Klein, who grew up in Ferguson, Mo., a book designed for adults and children to color together and a companion piece to the children's picture book Painting for Peace in Ferguson.
Sterling Publishing: Millie Marotta continues her bestselling series of nature-themed coloring books (5 million copies sold worldwide) with Wild Savannah: A Coloring Book Adventure (April 5), after Tropical World (2015) and Animal Kingdom (2014). A fourth is coming from Sterling imprint Lark in October. Lulu Mayo has two titles coming from Sterling: A Million Dogs (May 24) and A Million Cats (April 5). Two new entries in the Art of Mindfulness series come in August: Refreshed and Inspired Coloring and Joyful and Radiant Coloring. For those seeking the exact opposite of mindfulness, The Passive-Aggressive Coloring Book: (For People Who Just Don't Get the Whole Calm Thing) by Charlotte Farmer is out April 5. Sterling is also branching into the other-than-coloring crafts for adults with Colortronic: A Kaleidoscopic Coloring Challenge (August 2), a paint-by-numbers book, and Scratch Night-View Cityscapes and Scratch Night-View Landscape (both October), two scratch-art books.
Timber Press: Color the Pacific Northwest by Zoe Keller (June 1) and Sensational Succulents: An Adult Coloring Book of Amazing Shapes and Magical Patterns by Debra Lee Baldwin and Laura Serra (June 1).
Plume: The sequel to Animorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge by Kerby Rosanes, Imagimorphia, is out June 21. Animorphia has 500,000 copies in print in the U.S., and its author has a large social media following (1.4 million Facebook and 179,000 Instagram followers).
Insight Editions: DC Comics Coloring Book (July 26), DC Comics: Wonder Woman Coloring Book (October 18), Supernatural: The Official Coloring Book (September 20), Assassin's Creed: The Official Coloring Book (October 25), and Dinosaurs: A Coloring Book by William Stout (October 4).
Red Wheel/Weiser: From its Conari Press imprint: The Soul Discovery Coloring Book: Noodle, Doodle, and Scribble Your Way to an Extraordinary Life by Janet Conner and Christine Pensa (March 1), which is as much guided journal as coloring book, and The Witches' Almanac Coloring Book (April 1).
Cedar Fort Publishing & Media: Reverie: A Coloring Retreat by Mysha Denson (March 8), a Mormon coloring book.
Graffeg: Three titles from this independent Welsh publishing company by Welsh author Helen Elliott, all out June 30: Beach Life, Village Life and Dog's Life.
The History Press: Distributed in the U.S. by Trafalgar Square, it will release a series of 20 45-page coloring books based on British locations between March and May and an Irish one in July. It's also publishing The Hot Air Balloons Colouring Book in July.
Microcosm Publishing: The Beard Coloring Book by Meggyn Pomerleau (November 15) and The Post-Structuralist Vulva Coloring Book by Elly Blue and Meggyn Pomerleau (November 15). The latter's cover is a pink image of George Washington as shown on the one dollar bill with his face covered by a vagina.
Gallery Books: Fantastic Cityscapes: A Mister Mourao Coloring Book (July 5), and get the red pencils ready for Zombies!: A Creepy Coloring Book for the Coming Global Apocalypse by Juscelino Neco (June 21).
St. Martin's Griffin: Two irreverent titles by Hannah Caner: Chill the F*ck Out: A Swear Word Coloring Book (April 12) and Mommy Drinks Because You Cry: A Sarcastic Coloring Book (April 26). Three additions to the Zendoodle series: Zendoodle Journaling (September 27), Zendoodle: Uplifting Inspirations (May 17) and Zendoodle Coloring: Cozy Cats (March 22). Animals: A Mindful Coloring Book by Georgie Woolridge (September 6), Waterlife: A Mindful Coloring Book (March 8), also by Woolridge, Romantic Country: A Fantasy Coloring Book by Eriy (March 1), Dream by Kim Sun Hyun (September 6), and Pandora (September 6), also by by Kim Sun Hyun.
Sixth & Spring Books: Color Odyssey: A Creative Coloring Journey by tattoo artist Chris Garver (February 17), Botanical Wonderland: A Blissful Coloring Retreat by Rachel Reinert (April 5), Make Something Beautiful: Coloring in the Maximalist Style by Bari J. (October 4), Harmony of Nature: Unwind. Create. Color. by Mihoko Kurihara (October 20, 2015, originally published in Japan), Monogram Coloring: Color and Create an Exotic Alphabet by Marica Zottino (September 6), and two Devotional Coloring books: Visual Scriptures (October 6) and O Holy Night (September 22).
Ulysses Press: Calming Dot-to-Dot (see above) and Coloring Bird Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation by Wendy Piersall (August 9).
Schiffer Publishing: A three-book Painterly Days series, all released on March 28 and printed on watercolor paper: Flowers, Woodland and Pattern.
Atria: The Coloring Book for Goths: The World's Most Depressing Book by Tom Devonald (May 3), billed as an "off-color coloring book."
Penguin Books Australia: Colour Your Australia by Grace West (September 28) covers the continent from "Uluru to the Daintree."
Plexus Publishing: David Bowie: Starman: A Coloring Book (April 19), distributed by PGW, follows the late musician's 50-year fashion evolution over 30 illustrations.
Andrews McMeel: The Posh Adult Coloring Books series continues with God Is Good (March 15), Hymnspirations for Joy & Praise (March 1), Happy Doodles for Fun & Relaxation (January 5), and Thomas Kinkade Designs for Inspiration and Relaxation (May 3). They will also publish Johanna Basford calenders starting with Johanna Basford 2017 Coloring Day-to-Day (July 12). McMeel has over 1.5 million coloring books in print already.
Countryman Press: A new series for casual coloring called Color Your Way, 10 Minutes a Day, with the first two titles out September 13 (Joy and Gratitude). Mandalas and More: A Meditative Drawing and Coloring Book for Mind, Body and Spirit by Cher Kaufmann (April 11) will teach how to make the mandalas themselves before coloring them in.
Farcountry Press: Yellowstone National Park Adult Coloring Book: A Magical Coloring Journey Through Yellowstone National Park by Dave Ember (March 15). Farcountry plans to expand into Glacier and Yosemite later this year.
Sourcebooks: Let's Color Together: A Shareable Coloring Book for Parents and Kids by Margaret Peot (see above) and Color Your Dreams: 100 Inspiring Words, Captivating Coloring Pages, and Uplifting Activities by Juliet Madison (April 5).
Kregel Publications: Two upcoming coloring books from this Christian publisher: Colour Your World: A Spiritual Colouring Book (March 26) and Postcards of Blessing: Colour, Pray, Send! (April 27), both by Dutch artist Marcel Flier.
Knopf: Vogue Colors A to Z: A Fashion Coloring Book (April 5), edited by Valerie Steiker, who is also the magazine's culture editor. The book features 26 archival covers from 1912 to 1932.
Cornell Lab Publishing Group: America's Favorite Birds: 40 Beautiful Birds to Color by Miyoko Chu and Brenda Lyons (September 13) and Birds of Paradise: A Coloring Expedition by Edwin Scholes and Andrew Leach (September 13), both printed on responsibly forested stock with 25% net proceeds to be donated to children's educational and community programs. Pages from the books will be sampled at national parks this year as part of the National Park Service Centennial.
Pomegranate: Intricate Ink: Animals in Detail Coloring Book by Tim Jeffs, Fractal Art by Doug Harrington, Art Forms in Nature by Ernst Haeckel and Mandalas by Paul Heussenstamm, all out since January 21.
PM Press: An LGBT take on coloring books with The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book (June 1, 2015), Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon Coloring Book (from 2010), both part of the Reach and Teach series, and Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls, to be reprinted in Spring 2017 (it was originally published in 2004).
Distributed in the U.S. by the University of Chicago Press: Flowers of Love: A Kew Colouring Book by Sue Mason (April 15), a mathematician-turned-artist's view of the Royal Botanic Gardens in London, and Albion's Glorious Ile by William Hole (Unicorn Press, April 15).
Barron's Educational Series: Continues its Color Yourself Calm series with Creativity, Happiness and Relaxation (all February); its Just Add Color series with Butterflies, Fashion, Design, Flowers & Nature and Mehndi (also February), its Copycat Coloring Books series, its Cool & Calm Coloring series, and two Dot-To-Dot books (see above). They have also recently published The Menagerie: Animal Portraits to Color, Beautiful Vintage: Creative Coloring for Grown-ups and Motif Magic: Amazing Designs from Around the World to Color (all February). They will publish Animals Night & Day Coloring Book: Amazing Animals to Bring to Life in March, Gulliver’s New Travels: Coloring in a New World and Color Quest: Extreme Coloring Challenges to Complete in April, Time to Dream: Color, Relax, and Develop Your Creativity in May, and The Aviary: Bird Portraits to Color in June.
Familius: The Color Me series has a million copies in print thanks to exclusive sales at Costco, and it recently acquired the rights to sell to trade and gift accounts. Color Me 3 comes out July 11.
I Love Mel, distributed in the U.S. by SCB Distributors: Coloring book sales jumped 60% last year, led by two titles in its Color Me Good series: Colour Me Swiftly (March 2015) and Colour Me Good Benedict Cumberbatch (June 2014).
HarperElixir: Continues the Coloring Books for the Soul series by Lydia Hess with Sacred Angels, Sacred Animals and Sacred Heavens (all August 16). They will also publish Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds, both by Monte Farber and Amy Zerner (September 20).
Pavilion Books Group: Won the Bookseller International Achievement Award at the British Independent Publishers Guild Awards 2016 for its work publishing Millie Marotta's coloring books (see above) in the U.K. Its Batsford imprint will publish London Buildings Colouring Book by Robin Farquhar and Hannah Dipper in the U.S. in September.
Beyond Words Publishing: A Course in Miracles Coloring Book: Colorful Wisdom for Spiritual Transformation by Andrea Smith comes out late June, based on A Course in Miracles: Foundation for Inner Peace.
Running Press: Will publish Coloring Kits throughout the year, including Harry Potter (April 5), The Calming Coloring Kit (June 28), Sugar Skulls (August 23), Harry Potter: Magical Creatures (September 27), and two Peanuts kits in September. Each kit contains 10 colored pencils and 50 illustrated cards.
Fox Chapel Publishing: Has 100 coloring book titles in print over 15 series, with 7 million copies sold since 2014, many in nontraditional retailers. "We have not yet found a market where there isn't a demand for these products," said director of sales Ray Wolf. "At least one national retailer that we know of is working on a five-year category plan." Fox Chapel claims to be the first publisher to add detachable perforated pages, and has won DO Magazine's Fair Trade Seal of Approval for business practices with authors and artists.
John Blake Publishing: Colouring and Drawing Posters and The Foodie's Colouring Book come to the U.S. in fall 2016.
Quarto: In addition to Color Me with Mom (see above), it will publish Color Me to Sleep (April 28) and will continue the Color by Number series. Also from Quarto imprint Race Point: Color Me Fearless (February 15) and Portable Color Me Happy (January 5).
Hachette: From the Faithwords imprint: Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book: With Illustrated Scripture and Quotes to Cheer Your Soul (April 5) and A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book (October 2), both by Robin Mead, and from last November, Heroines of the Old Testament Coloring Book by Betsy Karounos, part of the ongoing Color the Bible series.
Laurence King: To the Moon and To the Ocean Deep: the tallest/longest coloring books (see above), Birdtopia: Coloring Book by Daisy Fletcher (May 17), Floribunda: A Flower Coloring Book by Leila Duly (April 5), with a cover printed in pink foil to look like a "turn of the century perfume bottle," The Bicycle Coloring Book: Journey to the Edge of the World by Shan Jiang (April 5), which has a storyline and doubles as a flip book, Matthew Williamson: Fashion, Print and Coloring by fashion designer Matthew Williamson (September 6), Toolshed Coloring Book by Lee Phillips (October 25), which features tools the author discovered in his dying grandfather's shed, Jon Burgerman's Burgerworld: A Coloring Book (October 18), Creative Cat: Pattern, Doodle and Color with a Muse by David Sinden (August 2), #OOTD: Fashion Flat Lays to Color In by Laura Hickman (October 4), for young fashionistas--referencing the act of laying out outfits for the day, and Pierre the Maze Detective and The Great Coloring Adventure (August 9), based on the Pierre the Maze Detective maze book (also from Laurence King).
Watson-Guptill: Cats in Paris: A Magical Coloring Book by Won-Sun Jang (January 26), Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice’s Adventures by Amily Shen (April 5), Pop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful World by Camilla d'Errico (July 19), Marked in Ink: A Tattoo Coloring Book by Megan Massacre (August 2), The Night Voyage: A Magical Adventure and Coloring Book by Daria Song (September 13), the third in the Time series.
Peter Pauper Press: The Artist's Coloring Books series continues with Owl Town (February 15), Tranquil Trees (August 15) and Blooms, Birds, and Butterflies (November 9).