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I realised recently when I looked at my stack of coloring books  around my office, that is completely over run with coloring books – that I have started “collecting” coloring books.     A collector is someone “who collects things of a specified type, professionally or as a hobby“.     Usually,  someone is classed as a collector if they have at least 5 items in their collection.      I think we can safely say that I satisfy that requirement.

When I filmed my coloring book collection in November 2016 it took over two hours …and a lot more has been added since then!

People often associate collecting as an expensive hobby like collecting stamps, antiques,  original paintings and gold coins.   That certainly does not need to be the case!

People collect all sorts of things in life.    There used to be a tv show in Australia called “The Collectors”  where they viewed people’s collections each week.   One week they showed a man that collected belly button lint!    A small collection, filling just three jars of lint from his belly button.    He  had been accumulating it and saving that lint for 20 years!

In Germany,  Petra Engels collects erasers and has over 19000 from 112 countries.

My hubby “collects” his driver licences.    In Australia, you can renew your licence each year and each time get a new photo identity (id) issued.    He does this each year, rather than pay for a number of years like I do.   He likes to see  the change each  year (he looks the same in all of them).    He has a lovely stash of driver’s licences, like a deck of cards.

Unlike most readers,  I don’t actually feel the need to color in my books.  Sometimes, I do.   More often than not, I’m more than happy just to look at the pictures (sounds a bit weird).     There are some books that I would prefer to keep in pristine condition – because they are so pretty I can’t bare to touch them.  Maybe if I had a spare …I would color it.

Collecting Coloring Books

You can form a collection of coloring books in many different ways. You might like to collect coloring books from a favorite artist or a particular style of art. You might like to collect coloring books that are all mandalas or all based on pop culture.

You might like to collect coloring books from a particular country like Sweden for instance.

There’s a colorist that I know of, that likes to collect all of Johanna Basford’s coloring books from every country. So she has the English coloring book, French edition, Russian …etc. All the same book but printed in different countries.

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Collecting Coloring Books from Around the World

I realized about a year ago that what I really liked was collecting coloring books from different countries.    I like to see the change in artistic style.   I notice that some European and Swedish artists like to use a lot of pointillism in their work for instance.  I like to see how books are made in different countries and how the culture of the country may shape the the artistic work.

So I decided to collect coloring books from different countries.   Here is the current list which will be  updated from time to time as I work my way around the globe.

If you know of a book that seems like something I fancy, from a country I have not represented in my collection, let me know in the comments below.

Of course,  there are some countries that are over represented with artists like the US, UK, Japan, Korea and Sweden.       As I have so many books I am just going to list a top 5  from those areas.    They may well be my favorites today …but I’m so moody that another book may replace it tomorrow.

The other thing that I should mention is that I count the artist nationality or residency in a country, rather than the place of publishing or printing.

CountryColoring Book
A
Afghanistansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Albaniasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Algeriasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Andorrasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Angolasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Antigua and Barbudasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Argentinasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Armeniasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
AustraliaWhere the Wildflowers Grow

Garden of Earthly Delights

Percy & the Colouring Adventure

Journey Through La La Land

Alice in Wonderland
Austriasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Azerbaijansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
B
Bahamassmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Bahrainsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Bangladeshsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Barbadossmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Belarussmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Belgiumsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Belizesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Beninsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Bhutansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Boliviasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Bosnia and Herzegovinasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Botswanasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Brazilsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Bruneismiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Bulgariasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Burkina Fasosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Burundismiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
C
Cabo Verdesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Cambodiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Cameroonsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
CanadaFairies in Dreamland
Colour My Sketchbook
Central African Republic (CAR)smiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Chadsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Chilesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
ChinaAli the Fox
ColombiaFuerza Natural
Jungla Cosmica
Comorossmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Congosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Costa Ricasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Cote d'Ivoiresmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
CroatiaZemlja Snova
Cubasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Cyprussmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Czech RepublicCarovne Lahodnosti
Vymalovánky - Cesta k sobě

Vymalovánky II Cesta životem Coloring Book
D
DenmarkFantastifull Flora  
Djiboutismiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Dominicasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Dominican Republicsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
E
Ecuadorsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
EgyptCarousel Dreams
El Salvadorsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Equatorial Guineasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Eritreasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Estoniasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Ethiopiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
F
Fijismiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
FinlandMin Mandala 
FranceDisney Coloring Book
G
Gabonsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Gambiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Georgiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
GermanyMein Fruhlingsspaziergang
Mein Sommerspaziergang
Mein Winterspaziergang
Mein Herbstspaziergang
Ghanasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Greecesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Grenadasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Guatemalasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Guineasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Guinea-Bissausmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Guyanasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
H
Haitismiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Hondurassmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
HungaryDream Woods
Book of Mandalas 

Island of Colors
I
IcelandIcelandic Coloring Book
Indiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
IndonesiaOnce Upon a Time
Iransmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Iraqsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
IrelandInklings
IsraelYonat Katzir Coloring Book
ItalyRomantic Italy Coloring Book
Fabiana Attansio
J
Jamaicasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
JapanFantasy Season
Rhapsody in the Forest
Menuet de bonheur
Kimagure Travelling Cat Diary
Colors Make You Happy
Jordansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
K
Kazakhstansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Kiribatismiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Kosovosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Kuwaitsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Kyrgyzstansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
L
Laossmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Latviasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Lebanonsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Lesothosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Liberiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Libyasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Liechtensteinsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Lithuaniasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Luxembourgsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
M
Macedonia (FYROM)smiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Madagascarsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Malawismiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Malaysiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Maldivessmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Malismiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Maltasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Marshall Islandssmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Mauritaniasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Mauritiussmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Mexicosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Micronesiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Moldovasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Monacosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Mongoliasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Montenegrosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Moroccosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Mozambiquesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Myanmar (Burma)smiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
N
Namibiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Naurusmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Nepalsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Netherlands100 Creaties
100 Nieuwe Creaties
Dikke Dames
Franciens Cat Postcards
Franciens Kattenkleurboek
New ZealandAll Good - New Zealand

Friends of Nature
Nicaraguasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Nigersmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Nigeriasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
NorwayEn Sjelden Fugl Coloring Book
O
Omansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
P
Pakistansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Palausmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Palestinesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Panamasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Papua New Guineasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Paraguaysmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Perusmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Philippinessmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
PolandWyspy
Pestki
Koty Kolorowanka
Kraina Basni
Szczeniaki
Portugalsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Q
Qatarsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
R
Romaniasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Russiato be reviewed
Rwandasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
S
Saint Kitts and Nevissmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Saint Luciasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Saint Vincent and the Grenadinessmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Samoasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
San Marinosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Sao Tome and Principesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Saudi Arabiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Senegalsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Serbiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Seychellessmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Sierra Leonesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Singaporesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Slovakiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
SloveniaNina Stajner
Solomon Islandssmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Somaliasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
South Africasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
South KoreaThe Night Voyage
Rabbit Bennys Coloring Diary
Rabbit Girl
The Mysterious Library Coloring Book
Beautiful Day
South Sudansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
SpainFuerza Natural
Jungla Cosmica
Frame Fantasia
Hidden Nature
Sri Lankasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Sudansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Surinamesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Swazilandsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
SwedenSagor och Sagner
Magisk Gryning
Faglar and Fjarilar
Malarbok bland ugglor och Forgatmige
Skymningstimman
Switzerlandsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Syriasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
T
Taiwansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Tajikistansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Tanzaniasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Thailandsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Timor-Lestesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Togosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Tongasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Trinidad and Tobagosmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Tunisiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Turkeysmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Turkmenistansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Tuvalusmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
U
Ugandasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Ukrainesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
United Arab Emirates (UAE)smiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
United Kingdom (UK)Enchanted Forest Coloring Book
Magical Guinea Pig Coloring Book
Magical Journey Coloring Book
A Million Bears
Curious Creatures
United States of America (USA)Jasmine Beckett Griffith Halloween
Mermaid Burlesque
Enchanted Faces
Super Cute Animals
Beauty of Horror
Uruguaysmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Uzbekistansmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
V
Vanuatusmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Vatican City (Holy See)smiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Venezuelasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Vietnamsmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Y
Yemensmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Z
Zambiasmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 
Zimbabwesmiley cry - Collecting Coloring Books 

It is funny,  but when I look at my list now ….I feel that I have no coloring books at all 🙁    We all know that is not true.  I have hundreds and hundreds of coloring books – too many to count!   But looking at this list,  I feel a little bit empty 🙂

It could be that I have coloring books from artists in countries that  I have not acknowledged in the list. With so many coloring books I may not have noted their nationality when I wrote my article or may have since forgotten 🙁  Friendly and helpful reminders are welcomed.

I can’t wait to see this list completely filled in.  I have a feeling it’s going to take me a while 🙂

Happy coloring x

Lea

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coloringqueen

I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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  • Daria Song is a South-Korean artist. I didn’t see her coloring books in your list.

    • eek! I had so much trouble posting this article, kept losing some of the table that all of Korea was missing! I’ve gone back and fixed it up! Thanks so much for reminding me …I love Daria so much! Happy coloring x

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