Free Inspirational Printable Bookmarks to Color (for Kids & Adults)

These free printable bookmarks to color are perfect for kids and adults. They’ll get everyone excited to read and explore new books!

Why should we encourage reading?

Reading has enormous cognitive benefits, including strengthening your brain, aiding in sleep, increasing empathy, and reducing stress and depression (source).

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Plus, for kids, reading is important over breaks to keep their minds active and learning when not in school. (Perfect for summer!)

Grab the free printables below, then keep reading for the best tips to read more in your home!

I Love to Read Printable Bookmarks

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Pattern & Flower Coloring Bookmark Printable

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6 Ways to Inspire Reading (for Yourself & Kids)

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Most of us wish we could read more, but can’t seem to find the time or motivation. The bookmark coloring pages below are a great first step. These other tips will help too.

1. Create a Reading Corner

Do you have a spot in your living space where your family LOVES to read? Maybe it’s…

  • your favorite comfy chair with a cup of tea
  • Next to a beautiful window
  • Outside on a porch near flowers

If there aren’t any reading spaces in your home, it’s time to create an environment where it’s more natural (and fun!).

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Related: Interesting Reading Statistics

2. Find Books You Are Excited About

Too many people read books they don’t care about because they feel they should. The opposite is also true. A person will leave a book alone because they’re worried about what others will think.

Grab a book YOU want to read! Then, if you start reading and don’t like it, STOP. No one is standing behind you telling you it has to be finished.

Reading is fun. If it’s not, you need to pick a book that’s better suited to YOU.

The same goes for the kiddos! Book choice is important.

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See these book posts for amazing ideas with your coloring bookmarks:

See all our book lists for kids by age:

How do you make reading even more fun? Your kids will love listening to our awesome book read alouds.

Related: Best Books To Teach Kindness & Inspiring Books For Kids & Teens

3. Join a Challenge

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Many months ago, I joined a challenge to read one book a week. It was daunting, and I struggled to get that book in every week for the first full month. But given time, it got a lot easier, and I now REALLY enjoy reading as much as I do.

At my kids’ school, 1st grade challenges kids to read 400 books a year. Like all reading challenges, it’s not always easy for kids (& parents with them). But it has been astonishing to see the progress my kids made in that year of reading.

*Join our reading challenge to make reading fun all year long!

4. Carve Out the Time in Your Routine

Now, my book challenge was effective because (over time) it forced me to put a priority on reading.

Night worked best for me, but everyone is different. Just know, if you want to read more, you will need to create the time as well!

Check out this article for books and tips on how to start a reading habit you can stick with.

For help fitting reading into your routines, see:

5. Join a Book Club

Like a challenge, a book club can be accountability to follow through with reading. It’s FUN to discuss books with others! Plus, it’s much more motivating to read if you know someone else is expecting it from you.

A book club is also a great way to make new friends!

6. Track Your Reading in a Fun Way

Finally, find a motivating way to track your reading. This will inspire you to read a variety and meet your reading goals.

Find a reading journal that can help!

Kids can also use a reading journal or a free printable summer reading log to motivate them to stay on track while out of school. (See this list of summer books for kids too.)

For more inspiration, don’t miss these short reading quotes for kids >>

What’s Next With the Coloring Bookmarks

I hope you found these free printable bookmarks useful! And remember, to keep reading fun:

In no time, you’ll cherish getting wrapped up in beautiful stories or learning new skills at breakneck speed!

*Don’t forget to grab access to the Reading Fun Pack for bookmarks, games, and activities to get your child reading.

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Printable Bookmarks to Color That Will Motivate You to Read


  1. Jamie Peterson says:

    Thank you SO much for truly simple, FREE, easily printable bookmarks! I work with 1st and 2nd graders in a rural school who have lost their art classes due to COVID issues, so this is going to be a fun project that I am able to provide them!

    1. Jamie, I am so glad that these coloring bookmarks work well for you and the kids! Thank you so much for sharing, you made my day!

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