My sweet 8-year-old, Allie, is just discovering a love of reading. She has never really enjoyed books before now, but the switch has flipped, and she loves to have me read to her whenever we can sit down together.
Allie's favorite book right now is the ICB Bible, followed closely by Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and Karma Wilson's wonderful and plentiful bear books. We read them frequently, and I'm hoping that she will figure out some of the words in Green Eggs and Ham as her reading improves.
Allie also loves the computer, and she saw me making bookmarks not long ago for my Reading Challenge. I don't know what sparked her interest, but she asked if she could make some, and I happily showed her how. I love it when my girls get into the things I'm into, and I encourage any computer usage that does not involve YouTube or Minecraft or worse, both YouTube and Minecraft at the same time.
But anyway, she got into the bookmark making and now I have a new set of free printable coloring bookmarks to share with you. I threw in the original three for those readers who didn't save them the first time, but it's easy enough to print just the new ones if you prefer.
You can print the bookmarks and use them as is, or you can print and color them. Allie printed a whole bunch of them and gave one to each of her church friends.
We print our bookmarks on 32 lb paper. It's not as thick or heavy as cardstock, but it has a nice bulk to it which makes the bookmark hold up better than traditional 20 lb printer paper. After printing, we color with these colored pencils (I have the48 pack but wish I had the 72) or these markers, fold in half, and use double-sided tape to secure the long edge. When it's doubled over like that, the 32 lb paper is flexible but not at all flimsy and doesn't unnecessarily stretch the book's spine.
On a different but related note, I bought a used book for grad school in January (sight unseen, from a used bookstore on Amazon), and the last owner had dog-eared about ⅓ of the pages. It drives me crazy and I am compelled to unfold them as I read. Who does that?
Monsters, that's who.
We need bookmarks instead of that madness. If I knew who that reader was, I'd send him some bookmarks just for good measure.
In the mail.
And I might include a note asking him to stop desecrating his books.
No actually, I'm not kidding at all. I'm a little uptight about my books.
My neuroses aside, here's the link to get the bookmarks. The file contains all 9 bookmarks pictured on this page, and it's absolutely free. Easy peasy.
Also included in this pack are the original bookmarks from the Feels Like Home Reading Challenge, as pictured below.
If you're a reader or want to become a reader, check that out. It contains lots of tips for squeezing more reading into your already busy day as well as lists of resources and space to list out the books you're reading and want to read.
The file contains all 9 bookmarks pictured here, and it's absolutely free.
For book recommendations, check out the Reading & Writing Index.