Science-based coloring books for adults and children alike

Create rainbow-hued dinoflagellates.

coloring book and pencils
Who knew protozoans look great in midnight blue?J. Kelly Brito via Unsplash

No matter what age you are, there’s something peaceful about filling in the lines of an illustration with your favorite colored pencils or pens. Escape from pings, buzzes, and obnoxious auto-play videos and find solace in the soft, pleasant sounds of writing implements on paper. Unwind with these fun activities that feed your brain and spark your imagination.

Netter’s Anatomy Coloring Book

Netter’s Anatomy Coloring Book
A textbook case for interactive learning.Amazon

This 392-page scholarly work is packed with comprehensive drawings and descriptions of human anatomy. Learn what veins, muscles, nerves, and more look like from multiple viewpoints, and color each numbered part to help retain a visual memory of their form and function. Test your newly acquired knowledge using the review questions at the end of each section.

Earth and Space Coloring Book

Earth and Space Coloring Book
Kick back with the cosmos.Amazon

You won’t lack color inspiration when filling in the illustrations of the cosmos in this book. Amazing photos from NASA’s archives including solar flares, nebulas, and planets are featured alongside your soon-to-be masterpiece. Develop a new sense of appreciation for the depth and variety of hues in the universe as you blend the perfect shades of blue to represent Earth as seen from space.

Life Under The Lens: A scientific coloring book

Life Under The Lens: A scientific coloring book
A microscopic canvas for your creativity.Amazon

Jennifer Delaney, the author and illustrator behind this clever book, wants you to have as much fun coloring as you do getting to know organisms from E. coli to ferns and their spores. Pique your curiosity about the patterns and shapes in nature that we can’t identify with the human eye. Then delight in bringing them to life however you like.

The Historical Heroines Coloring Book

The Historical Heroines Coloring Book
Thirty-one pioneering scientists you’ll want to know.Amazon

Coloring enthusiasts will enjoy the challenge of illuminating the vibrancy of these 18th and 19th-century women of STEM. Aspiring scientists of any age will appreciate the historical context and achievements of people like Ada Lovelace, Alice Ball, and Beatrix Potter that accompany each of the captivating illustrations.

Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book

Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book
Becalm yourself.Amazon

Life’s not a beach. It’s a sneaker wave. The next time your day is a whirlpool of frustrations, grab this wonderful book full of geometric patterns that turn even the tentacles of an octopus into soothing symmetry. There’s also a treasure hunt for a variety of pirate’s booty hidden within the intricate drawings. Arrr!