Someone on the Facebook page asked if there were any African coloring books for adults so I have been searching for the ones that have gotten the best reviews. You can explore more Black artists’ coloring books here.
Coloring Books Depicting Black People & Places
24 Shades of Business celebrates the beauty of melanin and black girl magic featuring CEOs and entrepreneurs.
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This 50-page coloring book includes natural hairstyles including Afros, braids, locks, short fades, curly twists, and more. The illustrations do have some thick black lines and are on the simpler side but there’s lots of detail to the different hairdos depicted. *Top Seller 2018*
Naturally Cute Too has 50 pages that celebrate the beauty of natural hair and the power of sisterhood amongst black women.
This is the first coloring book from Alisa Calder. It contains African women, animals and other scenes printed on one side of the paper.
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There are 31 pictures in the African Glamour that include beautiful head wraps and gowns decorated with patterns in traditional African designs. The background includes animals, plants, and ornaments. The pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal like all Creative Haven Coloring Books.
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Illustrated by Jamel Shabazz depicting his life in Brooklyn in the 60’s.
I recently received the book Soulful Colouring from the creator Sophia Jackson and it is a nice professionally published book that comes in either hardcover or paperback. Each page has an affirmation or mantra from SoJay along with an illustration that depicts the ideas of the quote.
In “Color My Fro”, 31 big-haired fairies, mermaids, warriors, models, cheerleaders, and fierce divas grace the pages of this coloring book celebrating the beauty of black women and natural hair. At each turn of the page, a new natural hair-inspired illustration greets you.
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This book includes information on Book T. Washington, Black U.S. Leaders
Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, The Underground Railroad, Martin Luther King, Jr., NAACP, Thurgood Marshall, Tuskegee Airman and the Emancipation Proclamation.
This Dover Coloring Book depicts the lives and achievements of notable Africans spring to life in this carefully researched and finely rendered coloring book. Spanning over 150 years of American history, the volume pays tribute to figures in civil rights, music, sports, politics, literature, government, and other areas.
The contributions of African women to education, civil rights, literature, the performing arts, athletics, and other areas are documented in this carefully rendered coloring book. Forty-five illustrations highlight the achievements of such notable women as Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, Hattie McDaniel, Toni Morrison, Ella Fitzgerald, Leontyne Price, and Shirley Chisholm. Captions. Written by Janet Baine Kopito & Cal Massey (Illustrator)
Illustrated by Crystal Swain-Bates you will meet Zoe & Star, two adventurous Black girls who just love to have fun! Follow them throughout over 45 fun-filled coloring and activity pages that inspire creativity, promote self-confidence, and celebrate diversity.
Activity pages include fill-in-the-blank exercises (for example, “You are beautiful just the way you are”), thought-provoking questions (“If you could fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?”), and fun pictures to complete (“Design Zoe and Star’s dresses for the ball!).
A native of Atlanta, GA, Crystal Swain-Bates is an author and the owner of Goldest Karat Publishing, a boutique publisher that aims to fill the diversity gap in traditional publishing by providing readers with high quality books featuring characters of African descent. Crystal’s children’s books include “Big Hair, Don’t Care”, “Naturally Me!”, “Supermommy”, “The Colorful Adventures of Zoe & Star”, “The Colorful Adventures of Cody & Jay”, and the natural hair inspired coloring book “Color My Fro“. Crystal holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University and is an avid world traveler. Click here to Order Zoe & Star
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Coloring Books depicting African animals and scenes
African Designs a Creative Haven book illustrated by Marty Noble
Thirty-one large, ready-to-color illustrations, all adapted from traditional African designs, reflect the continent’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. Carefully rendered from authentic artifacts are a Moorish textile pattern, an Ashanti carved door panel, an antelope-shaped wooden headdress from Mali, and more. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, African Designs and other Creative Haven® coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.
Traditional African Designs Coloring Book Illustrated by Gregory Mirow
African art, with its striking and imaginative themes, has had a tremendous influence on contemporary art and design. The motifs in this rich collection of traditional African designs reflect the vigor and spirit of this dynamic and expressive art form.
African Plains Coloring Book illustrated by Dianne Gaspas-Ettl
This coloring book documents the flora and fauna of the African plains with 41 realistic scenes (including four double-page spreads), meticulously researched and accurately rendered by artist Dianne Gaspas-Ettl, depict a variety of wild animals in their natural habitats.
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Wild Animals Coloring Book illustrated by John Green
This coloring book isn’t strictly African but many of the wild animals depicted are native to Africa. Detailed, accurate, ready-to-color illustrations depict 47 species from around the globe.
Vive Le Color! Africa Coloring Book by Abrams Noterie
Each illustration is accompanied by a brief caption describing the habits of the species; many depict the animals as they might appear in their natural habitat — lions drowsing in the heat of the African veldt, a leopard lying in ambush on a limb, a giant panda contentedly munching bamboo, a polar bear and her cub surveying their icy domain, and more. Several double-page spreads depict exciting scenes of predator-prey relationships: muskoxen warily eying a pack of wolves, a mountain lion stalking mountain goats, and others.
- 72 Top-bound detachable single-sided coloring pad is perfect for the right- and left-handed
- Single-sided with backboard
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In memory of Cecil, we in Hong Kong gathered a group of artists to create this exquisite coloring book about Africa’s precious animals. Every book you buy is a contribution to their welfare. 10% of every sale is donated to WildCRU, University of Oxford, in support of their continuous efforts towards animal protection.
This book is an ode to creatures like Cecil. It is filled with intricate sketches that soothe as you color them. Best of all, by buying a copy, you have made a difference! You can see more information on their Facebook page here.
Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me illustrated by Millie Marotta
Many of Millie Marotta’s images in “Animal Kingdom” are found on the continent of Africa and this book is one of the best selling of 2015. Enter her captivating animal kingdom, featuring everything from beautiful birds to fantastic fish, delicate dragonflies to elaborately decorated elephants. Give a rooster plumage, adorn a tortoise’s shell, create a backdrop for a ram, and more inspiring creative fun. The high-quality paper makes it perfect for color pencils.
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