What You Need To Know About National Coloring Book Day

Do you know that today is National Coloring Book Day? Yes, someone created a holiday just for coloring books. National Coloring Book Day is now celebrated annually on August 2.

I know that coloring books have always been popular with children, but I wasn’t aware that they were becoming popular with adults until my wife brought home a coloring book. Well, the truth is that she didn’t bring home just one coloring book, she brought home boxes of coloring books…and markers…and pencils… and stuff.

If you are reading this article, you probably have a stash of coloring books and stuff too.

I didn’t realize how big adult coloring had become until my wife got involved. The adult coloring market barely existed six months ago, and now most of the major book publishers are producing titles targeted to adults who color.

Adult coloring is now a huge trend and many are finding that it is not only fun, but also a great way to reduce stress. Adult coloring books are becoming an international trend. Amazon now lists 1,215 titles in the coloring for grown-ups section, and some coloring books published in the U.K. have sold millions of copies, the Guardian reports.

To celebrate National Coloring Book Day, I have collected some quotes from some well-known adult coloring book authors.

National Coloring Book Day Quotes

Creative Cats BookMarjorie Sarnat– Marjorie is the author of the #1 Best Seller, Creative Cats. Marjorie said, “As a coloring book artist I enjoy delighting the colorist with beautiful and detailed themes on each and every page. Each drawing displays a profusion of patterns and fanciful settings for the colorist to bring to life. I hope that the experience of coloring my artwork is relaxing, fun, and helps release everyday stress.”

Enchanted ForestJohanna Basford – Johanna is the author of two of the best-selling adult coloring books. Her books have sold over a million copies and Enchanted Forest is an Amazon Bestseller. Johanna says, “You don’t have to sit down with a blank sheet of paper or, you know, have that scary moment of thinking, ‘What can I draw?’ The outlines are already there for you, so it’s just something that you can do quietly for a couple of hours that, you know, is hand-held and analog and quiet.”

Animal KingdomMillie Marotta – Millie the author of the Animal Kingdom series. She says that, “Because of the intricate style of my drawings people find them quite interesting and perhaps a little more captivating than your traditional colouring book. This is why I would say they are so well suited to adults and have proved so popular in that area of the market.”

Here are four things that you can do to make National Coloring Day more fun for your friends and family:

  1. Locate a coloring party near you or participate online.
  2. Download the official National Coloring Book Day 2015 color page.
  3. Post on social media using #NationalColoringBookDay.
  4. Spend some quality time coloring with your friends, family, or by yourself.