Friday, 21 July 2017
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Free Colour-and-Count Reading Challenge Paw Bookmarks

Bookmarks with colouring-in paw prints on a table with children's dog books and coloured pencils

This freebie is an extra special treat created for the amazing people and pets who volunteer their time to children's reading programs. The bookmarks have a paw print design that can be coloured in as books are read as a fun way to encourage young readers and celebrate their reading achievements. Simply click the links below to open the full-sized files and download from Dropbox to your computer for printing.

As with all of our freebies, these are free for your personal / non-commercial use as a little gift from us to you.  It's absolutely not required, but it would be awesome and greatly appreciated if you joined us on social media, if you're not already following the fun.  We also welcome social media shares and linking with love, but please link to this post, not the download direct. Thanks!

Reading charity groups, public library programs, teachers, and other similar non-personal but not-for-profit users are also very welcome to use these special freebies. If you're sharing access to the digital files with your staff, members, or volunteers, please email/share the link to this blog post, not the file or direct download link. Please help to support our blog and keep our content free by preserving our visitor traffic. We really appreciate it! You're all pawesome! Woofs!

DIY pawprint bookmarks


Note: Click through the text links above to access the full sized high res image file(s) of your choice. These freebies have been shared via Dropbox as high resolution jpegs (A4 300ppi). You do not need to have a Dropbox membership/login to access the file. As images files, you can easily resize, crop, and/or print multiples of the items that you want in the program of your preference.  Only print what you want to use, and please remember to recycle any extra bits or offcuts. 

Paw print bookmarks dog books and a Dalmatian dog

The free printable bookmarks come in two different styles: one set with with text and one with only the paw prints to give you more options for use as well as open up use to our non-English audience. We've shared these as image files instead of PDFs to give you lots of flexibility on which designs you'd like to use and in what sizes.  The paw prints can be coloured in on completion of a book or for longer stories you can colour them incrementally along the way using parts of the paw at a time.  Anything goes!   You can use them straight up (single side or double) printed on plain heavy paper or cardstock to create easy bookmarks, or you (and your young reader) can get creative and use the printables as part of a bookmark craft. I made a simple example bookmark with scrapbook paper and string (black and white for us, cause that's how my spotty dogs like to roll!):

Step-by-step making a homemade bookmark

If you're using our bookmarks with your own children or with your reading programs, feel free to leave us a comment, say hi on our social media (or tag us into your social media shares). We love hearing from our readers and it's always great to see what you do with our content if you're sharing photos too! 

Bookmarks with colouring-in paw prints with children's dog books and a Dalmatian dog
Bookmarks with colouring-in paw prints on a table with craft supplies and coloured pencils

What are your favourite dog/pet related books and stories?  You might have noticed that Oli and Humphrey are reading Hairy MacLairy...with the pages open to pictures of Bottomly Potts all covered in spots, of course!  I absolutely love the Hairy MacLairy series by Lynley Dodd (check it out at The Book Depository (affiliate link).  The dogs and I are often greeted by excited little exclamations of "It's Bottomly Potts!" during walkies. We've gifted these cute illustrated books for small children to many family and friends over the years.  My young niece recently demanded that I put Bottomly Potts on her Facetime call. Love it!


  1. These are a great idea! Is it possible to add a set with color as the spelling as well if it's not too much effort?

    1. Doh! I didn't even think about that and it's no problem at all to add the extras. I've added another file to the available downloads and updated the post with links for both spellings. Thanks for asking! :)


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