Perfect Pairing: Coloring Books & Audiobooks

audiobooks and coloring books pairings

Coloring is one of the most relaxing activities you can do, and when you pair it with an audiobook, it can be a truly immersive experience. Coloring is also a great way to keep your hands occupied while you listen to an audiobook so you’re not tempted to dim your attention as you mindlessly scroll through your social media app of choice. And, on top of all that, it’s a chance to indulge your other obsessions! Whether you love Disney, cats, or wine, there’s a coloring book for you — as well as an audiobook to pair it with. Here are some suggestions.


Johanna Basford is a superstar of the adult-coloring-book world, and her 2013 book Secret Garden is a classic. As for The Secret Garden  by Frances Hodgson Burnett— one of my own earliest audiobooks, which I had on cassette and can still hear in my head–it’s a classic, too. Re-reading in general can be a calming activity, and children’s classics are an excellent source of material for that — perhaps especially when narrated in a British accent, as this one is. 

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The Secret Garden cover

The Secret Garden

By Johanna Basford


The Secret Garden

By Frances Hodgson Burnett

Good Grief

Another classic from your childhood that might bring back happy memories is the gang from Peanuts. There’s an entire coloring book dedicated to them— and you can pair it with the audiobook Schulz and Peanuts to help you better understand the creator of them, Charles M. Schulz.

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Posh Adult Coloring Book: Peanuts for Inspiration & Relaxation cover

Posh Adult Coloring Book: Peanuts for Inspiration & Relaxation

By Charles M. Schulz


Schulz and Peanuts

By David Michaelis

’90s Nostalgia

If the ’90s are a happy source of nostalgia for you, why not travel back there? Nickelodeon has made the perfect coloring book to remind us of all our favorite ’90s shows. You can pair it with another ’90s classic, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.

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The Splat: Coloring the '90s cover

The Splat: Coloring the ’90s

By Random House


Bridget Jones’s Diary

By Helen Fielding

Wise Owls

We’re probably all in need of some calming wisdom right now. Owls are great providers of that,  as we know–for example–from Owl in Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne. Everyone’s favorite yellow bear is also a great purveyor of wisdom himself, and I can’t think of a lovelier way to spend a couple of hours than with some colored pencils, this owl-themed coloring book, and this audiobook (narrated by a whole host of excellent voice actors, including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench).

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Creative Haven Owls Coloring Book cover

Creative Haven Owls Coloring Book

By Marjorie Sarnat



By A.A. Milne


If you’ve been coloring for a while and would still like a challenge, this cats-based coloring book will provide that. And while you color, you can listen to Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles and Julie Wark, an endearing story about a lonely professor in Barcelona who, one New Year’s Day, finds a cat has entered his apartment –setting in motion a change in his life. 

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Cats Coloring Book cover

Cats Coloring Book

By Amanda Davenport


Love in Lowercase

By Francesc Miralles and Julie Wark


Need a little extra help to feel relaxed? Pour yourself a glass of your favorite Merlot and sit down with a coloring book and some wine-related thoughts from Jay McInerney in The Juice, guaranteed by top chef Eric Ripert to make you smile

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Wine Life cover

Wine Life

By Papeterie Bleu


The Juice

By Jay McInerney

Pep Talk

If you need encouragement to get up and do things just as much as you need stress management, you’ll find inspiration in this coloring book for boss babes. Pair it with I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai for further inspiration.

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Boss Babes cover

Boss Babes

By Michelle Volansky


I Am Malala

By Malala Yousafzai

The Happiest Place on Earth

If Disney always makes you smile, pull out your colored pencils and spend some time with your favorite characters. And while you’re at it, learn about the women who’ve shaped them via The Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt.

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Disney Dreams Collection: Thomas Kinkade Studios Coloring Book cover

Disney Dreams Collection: Thomas Kinkade Studios Coloring Book

By Thomas Kinkade


The Queens of Animation

By Nathalia Holt

Romance Feels

If you’re in the mood for love, there’s a coloring book for that too! And if you’re not the mood…Talia Hibbert can help you get there with The Brown Sisters audiobooks. Pro tip: maybe put some earphones in if there’s anyone else around to spare some blushes!

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Power of Love Coloring Book cover

Power of Love Coloring Book

By Thaneeya McArdle


Get a Life, Chloe Brown

By Talia Hibbert

Fun in the Sun

Are you joining’s Summer Listening Challenge? We have some fun, audiobook-themed, FREE coloring pages available for download. You can also take our Summer Listening Quiz to find your next audiobook.

Summer Listening Challenge

Join’s Summer Listening Challenge! Choose your next audiobook and start listening.

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