If spring’s taking its sweet time to arrive in your part of the country, these charming free printable spring coloring pages from children’s book illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg may help perk things up.  Because if the pastels haven’t arrived outside, hey, let the kids color them in themselves.

Take that, groundhog.

Related: Free A Wrinkle in Time coloring pages let kids make their own magic. 

If you don’t know her, Melanie Hope Greenberg is a Brooklyn-based children’s author and illustrator, and her work includes the awesome children’s book Mermaids on Parade. Meaning she’s someone we are definitely excited to get free coloring pages from!

(No clip art here, friends.)

I think younger kids would love the rainbow spring coloring page, the kite spring coloring page, and this gardening spring coloring page that seems like the perfect inspiration to start planting. While the Inkjet’s hot, print out a copy of this sweet butterfly fairy spring coloring page, too. Oh, and also the raining chicks and jellybeans spring coloring page is my personal favorite, in case you were wondering.

They make a perfect unplugged activity for kids who are languishing at the end of spring break or who need some non-screen entertainment for that road trip to Grandma’s. Or anyone who needs a little pick-me-up after a long, snowy winter.

Check out Melanie Hope Greenberg’s blog to see all the free printable free printable spring coloring pages and get those colored pencils ready.