Free Printable Color-by-Number Bookmarks for Kids

Published: July 12, 2022 · Updated: February 2, 2024 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

Are your kids reading chapter books? Foster their love of reading with these free printable color-by-number bookmarks! Not only will this printable provide a fun coloring activity for your little ones, but it will also help them practice their number recognition skills.

I have always been an avid reader, and now that my older kids are big enough for chapter books, I couldn’t be more thrilled.

There is something so magical about rediscovering the classics with someone who has never heard them before… and since we don’t have time to read an entire chapter book every evening, it gives our kids something to look forward to all day long!

With chapter books comes the need for bookmarks. And since my kids loved the hand-drawn coloring bookmarks I created for them, I figured I’d create some more!

Related: 8 Cute FREE Printable Bookmarks to Color (for Kids & Adults!)

Like this freebie? Check out this hand-drawn set!

Foster your child’s love of reading with these gorgeous hand-drawn coloring bookmarks. This large bundle includes:

  • Spring-themed bookmarks (set of 6)
  • Summer-themed bookmarks (set of 6)
  • Fall-themed bookmarks (set of 6)
  • Winter-themed bookmarks (set of 6)

Great for teachers, homeschoolers, parents, or even for adults who use coloring as a way to unwind!

Use the coupon code HANDDRAWN to get 15% off the regular price!

Download Your Free Color-In Bookmarks

You can download the printable coloring bookmark PDF by clicking the download link below (no sign-up required):

Mockup of black and white colour-by-number bookmarks with key.


(Please note that these bookmarks are for personal or school use only and cannot be redistributed. You can read our full printables terms of use here.)

Each bookmark measures 2” x 6”, which is a standard size for bookmarks. The color-by-number key appears at the top of the page and will not be visible once the bookmarks have been colored in and cut down to size.

How to Use & Preserve the Bookmarks

1. Print Bookmarks on Cardstock

Once you have downloaded the file, open it on your phone or computer and print it on Letter-sized paper or cardstock.

Mockup of black and white colour-by-number bookmarks.

If you would like the bookmarks to last and you’re planning on laminating them, choose whichever option works best for you. Cardstock is thicker, but the plastic from the laminating sheet will protect the bookmarks well, so regular printer paper should hold up just fine.

If you aren’t planning on laminating them, I recommend using cardstock.

Regular printer paper is very flimsy and probably won’t last very long once you start using the bookmarks. Cardstock is thicker and more durable, and will allow you to get some use out of your bookmarks.

It will also hold up better if you choose to use markers to color in the bookmarks.

That being said, if you’re just using this printable as a fun activity and you don’t care how long the bookmarks last, feel free to simply use regular printer paper!

2. Color Bookmarks

Give the printed bookmarks to your child and let them have fun coloring in each section with markers, crayons or pencils!

Mockup of black and white colour-by-number bookmarks with key.

There is a key at the top of the coloring page that indicates which color each number represents.

However, if your child is not old enough to read the names of the colors, feel free to circle each word using the appropriate color. My kids are all too young to read, so that is always what I do when they are using color-by-number sheets!

3. Laminate Bookmarks (Optional)

This step is optional, but here are two reasons why you may want to do it:

  1. It will protect your DIY bookmarks and make them last much longer
  2. It will protect your books because the pages won’t come directly into contact with marker ink, pencil lead or whatever else you used to color in the bookmarks

I personally LOVE our thermal laminator and use it for everything. It was really inexpensive and it is so great for protecting children’s artwork or making reusable educational printables!

To laminate the bookmarks, simply place four of them in a laminating pouch and laminate them according to your machine’s instructions. Make sure you leave enough room in between each bookmark to give yourself a good margin for cutting.

I used a paper trimmer to cut off the excess plastic because I love how easy it is and how clean the cuts are. But if you don’t have one at home, you can simply use scissors.

Mockup of coloured-in colour-by-number bookmarks.

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