At times my 1st graders just want to have free time to color. When is that?! Snack Time! So I've created some cute coloring pages that coordinate with a story that I would be reading out loud to them at the same time. You didn't think I'd just let them color did you?
Books w/ coloring pages include: Big Red Lollipop, The Lion Inside, Humpty Dumpty, One Cool Friend, The Treehouse That Jack Built, any story about helping others or lending a hand, Moose, Pete the Cat, a Pigeon book by Mo Willems, and The Monster of the Woods.
Sidenote: obviously you've noticed the benefits and prestige now of taking the time to color..rather giving yourself the time to just color. For now society notices, but it will be another 5 or so years before schools will be allowed to.