What’s better than storytime? Storytime with furfriends! These free printable colour-and-count children’s reading challenge bookmarks have a paw print design that can be coloured in as books are read. It’s a fun way to encourage young readers and celebrate their achievements.
Reading with Furfriends
This freebie was created as extra special treat for the amazing people and pets who volunteer their time to children’s reading programs. In addition to the usual personal use, as noted below, reading charity groups, public library programs, teachers, and other similar non-personal but not-for-profit users are welcome to use these special printable. 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. Traffic is what keeps our website free. Please help to support our blog and keep our content available by preserving our visitor traffic. We really appreciate it! You’re all pawesome! Woofs!
Free Printable Dog Paw Print Bookmarks
These printables are free for personal / non-commercial use as a gift from us to you. Charities, teachers, and reading programs are also welcome to use these bookmarks. It’s not required, but it’s always appreciated when people follow us on social media, if you’re not already following the fun. We welcome social media shares and linking with love, but please link to this post, not the download direct. Thanks!
Note: 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. Woofs!
Using the Free Printable Paw Print Bookmarks
The free printable bookmarks come in two different styles. One version with text (including both spellings for colour) 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! Printing on plain heavy paper or cardstock is an easy way to make simple bookmarks. You (and your young reader) can also get creative and use the printables as part of a bookmark craft. Gluing prints to sturdy paper or recycled greeting card works great. I made a simple example bookmark with scrapbook paper and bakers’ twine. Black and white for us, of course! Hehehe.
If you’re using our bookmarks with your own family or in a reading program, feel free to 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!
Doggone Great Books
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 love the Hairy MacLairy series by Lynley Dodd (affiliate link). The dogs and I are often greeted by excited little exclamations of “It’s Bottomly Potts!” during walks. We’ve gifted these cute illustrated books to many family and friends over the years. My young niece recently demanded that I put Bottomly Potts on her Facetime call. Love it!