playing to its strengths, Rough Guides sourced images from its
200-plus travel guide destinations—examples include the
Great Wall of China and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand
Mosque—to produce its first coloring book, September’s
Color the World.
Out of the Binding
As some coloring book publishers are experimenting thematically, others are delving into formats beyond the simple coloring
page. The projects in Color Me Masks by Aimee Zumis (Barron’s,
Aug.), for example, press out of the book so colorists can masquerade as butterflies, fairies, animals, and more; elastic headbands are included.
Other formats include posters and stationery. In September,
craft publisher C&T is releasing Off the Beaten Path Coloring
Postcard Book by Samarra Khaja and The Art of Laurel Burch
Coloring Postcard Book by Laurel Burch, each with 20 postcards
to color. October brings C&T’s Awesome Town Coloring Poster
Book by Melissa Averinos and Bohemian Adventures Coloring Poster
Book by Valori Wells; each features eight removable pages that
fold out to 19” x 30” and are meant to
be used for group projects.
Color-Your-Own Greeting Cards by
Caitlin Keegan, due from Storey in
August, includes 20 color-and-fold
greeting cards with envelopes.
Running Press enters the poster
realm in May 2017 with two Posters to
Color titles aimed at kids: Rainforest
and Safari, ages 6–9. Of course, “aimed
at kids” is subjective, especially when
it comes to coloring books.
In October, Scholastic is releasing Harry Potter Magical Places
& Characters Postcard Coloring Book (ages 8 and up, at least officially); Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Poster Coloring
Book follows in Jan. 2017.
Candlewick, another children’s publisher whose crafty titles
have adult appeal, will publish two iterations of The Coloring
Book of Cards and Envelopes by Rebecca Jones: Christmas (Oct.),
and A Year of Celebrations (Jan. 2017), both with its Nosy Crow
In looking ahead to 2017 coloring trends, we’ve noticed
something else that’s new. Where once “mindfulness” and
“relaxation” were the reigning buzzwords used to describe
coloring’s appeal, now editors are likely to mention social
media. People want to “share virtually” what they’ve created,
says Forever’s Pierpont, echoing the remarks of several editors
in the craft arena, including those at Atria, Grand Central,
Ulysses, and Workman. If they’re right, 2017 may well prove
to be the year of the Instagrammed craft project. ■
Lela Nargi is the author of several books about knitting, as well as articles
for Twist Collective, Interweave Knits, and Knitscene.