Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead book cover

Happy Earth Day! Our free color-your-own Earth bookmark is designed to help children celebrate our planet, and to encourage kids to read at the same time. The free printable consists of two copies of the bookmark, so your child can make one and gift one in celebration of Earth Day.

Just print it out and make your own adorable DIY bookmarks. Then check out our recommendations, below, for great Earth Day picture books to use them in!

For other ways to celebrate our environment, check out our posts on easy, free Earth Day activities for preschoolers and Earth Day story time activities. Then read about how being in nature could make kids smarter for inspiration and a reminder about why it’s so crucial to preserve natural spaces for future generations.


  • Printer
  • Cardstock paper
  • Coloring materials
  • Scissors
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $1-5

Then print it on a piece of cardstock paper, or if you don’t have cardstock, just print it on normal paper and then paste it onto thin cardboard that you’ll be able to cut easily (such as an empty cereal box). Then help your child cut out their DIY bookmarks and color them in! Or gift your bookmarks to someone else to color in themselves.

Book Pairing

Once you’re done making your bookmarks, be sure to share a good book so your child can put them to use! We recommend pairing this DIY Earth Day bookmark activity with books that talk about nature and Mother Earth to help kids learn to appreciate our planet and the importance of caring for it. 

Tip: For added environmental impact, look for these books at your local library or used bookstore, and explain to your child the power of reusing and recycling materials.

My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan is a lovely picture book that discusses the wonderful things our planet does for us. The book has amazing kid-friendly illustrations and interactive die-cut pages that encourage exploration.

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall, a two-time Caldecott winner, is an engaging story book that conveys a valuable message about the need to take care of our planet and of each other.

Another good book for young kids is The Earth Book by Todd Parr, which includes easy and smart ideas of how we can help each other to help the Earth. It also shares handy tips for kids to do their part for the environment and “go green” everyday.

Want to make more bookmarks? Try our other easy make-your-own-bookmark tutorials: You’ll learn to make a cute DIY cat bookmark, DIY fruit-slice corner bookmark, DIY chunky tassel bookmark, DIY elastic bookmark, and DIY cut-out-shape bookmark. Or get access to all of our printable bookmarks when you sign up for our free VIP (Very Intentional Parent) Vault of resources.

MayaSmart.com is your one-stop-shop for raising a reader, from evidence-based advice (like answers to parents’ top questions about teaching kids their ABCs) to fun activities that support key literacy learning and recommendations of great reads. Browse around the site for more tips and tutorials, or message Maya with your questions or activity requests!

We’d love to see how your Earth Day bookmarks turned out! Feel free to connect with us on social media and share some pictures.