Sunday, July 5, 2015

Free bookmarks for classrooms and other places where readers hang out

2019 UPDATE TO THIS POST FROM 2015I've been giving out free bookmarks on my web site for years (as discussed in this blog post), and I usually sent out a few mailings a month.  A few months ago, my offer somehow got picked up by an online aggregator and posted to multiple freebie web sites.  This resulted in hundreds and hundreds of bookmark requests in a very short period of time.  While I was delighted by the interest in books and reading, it did require a lot of my time to tend to all the requests.  After two months of responding to the requests, which I think (hope) I'm now caught up on, I've decided to end the free bookmarks offer for the time being.  Thank you for your understanding.  Check my web site periodically for updates.  --Debbie

In our area, the school year ended less than a month ago, so I'm definitely not in back-to-school mode yet. But I know some schools get rolling in early August, so I wanted to mention to those of you who are teachers that I have some bookmarks I'd be happy to send your way for your students for back-to-school.

I have two bookmark designs especially for classrooms.  One features Mr. Fish and quotes the reassuring theme of The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School (illustrated by Dan Hanna):

You are smart.
You can get it.
You belong.
Don't forget it!

The other design features the cover of Picture Day Perfection (illustrated by Dan Santat) and gives a bit of reading encouragement:

Books help us picture life's possibilities, so read lots of them!

Those two bookmarks, with their emphasis on learning and reading, work well in the classroom, especially on the milestones of First Day and of Picture Day.

In addition, I have some holiday-themed bookmarks, to go along with the forthcoming The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish.  The message on that bookmark echoes the book's conclusion:

Peace, joy, and love -- what a very merry gift!

The bookmarks are sized 2" x 6". The back of each bookmark has a list of my other books.

If you're interested in some bookmarks for your classroom, I'd love to send some your way.

Those of you who are booksellers or librarians, I'm happy to send bookmarks for a story time or a display.

And I'm always happy to send bookmarks to anyone who would like some for their own use or to share with friends.

If you'd like some bookmarks, please email me (deborah [at] deborahdiesen [dot] com). Let me know which style(s) you'd like, how many, your mailing address, and when you will need them by.  [NOTE :  I will be traveling quite a bit during November 2015. Because of this, my response time to emails in November and early December will be delayed.  My apologies!  But I’ll reply as soon as I can.  Thank you for your patience.]

I generally sign the bookmarks before sending, but if you'd prefer I leave the signing spot blank so you can write your own message there, let me know that and I'll skip the signing.

I'll take this post down once I run out of bookmarks, but until then, I've got plenty.

Thank you for sharing the joy of books and reading -- and the fun of bookmarks!


Carrie Dawley said...

Hi, Debbie!

I love your book, Picture Day Perfection. I read it to my students on our Fall picture day. They think it's the funniest thing! I appreciate the voice that you've expressed in your writing. It is a great mentor text during our writer's workshop to show the students how to include their own voice in the writing.

A friend also introduced me to the Pout Pout Fish books last year. I was completely oblivious to the fact that those were written by the same author as Picture Day Perfection! Silly me. I really don't pay attention. Haha!

Anyway. Great work on the books! The writing is fantastic, and I enjoy reading them aloud to my students.

Make Time for Glitter!

Anonymous said...

I am reading all the Show Me Readers in the Library and I would love to have bookmakers to go with Picture Day Perfection.

Thank you,
Lindsley Meyer

Debbie Diesen said...

Lindsley, your comment got snagged in my comment filter for some reason, so I'm just recently seeing it. If you're still interested in bookmarks, let me know. Sorry for the delay!!

Carleigh said...

Hi Debbie, I'm a huge fan of your books, and I would love to have some bookmarks to share with my school library! If you still have bookmarks to share, I would appreciate as many as you are willing to send. We have over 800 kids in our elementary school, including 7 kindergarten classes, and they love bookmarks. Please let me know what info you need!

Thank you for your generosity and your lovely books,

Debbie Diesen said...

Carleigh, if you could email me your school address, I'll get some bookmarks in the mail to you. Thanks!!

Unknown said...

Hello Debbie, I am a parent volunteer along with two other parents that run our children's school library we would love to get some free bookmarks sent to our school it will be highly appreciated!!

Elizabeth Sanchez
Torrance Elementary school
2125 Lincoln Ave
Torrance CA, 90501

Julie DeFino said...

Our students LOVE your books! We have a small elementary school with 250 students, would love some of your bookmarks!

Thank you so much!

Julie DeFino
Cordley LMA

Cordley Elementary
1837 Vermont Street
Lawrence, KS 66044

cathyriehl said...

I was wondering if you still have free bookmarks? My kiddos at school really enjoy having new bookmarks! thanks!

Debbie Diesen said...

Cathy, I do! Email me (deborah[at]deborahdiesen[dot]com) with your address and number of students, and I can get those mailed to you. Thanks!

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FallonFarokhi said...

Hello! We love your books, even at the middle school level! We would love to have some of your bookmarks to give to our readers (we have 1000 students), if possible:
Fallon Farokhi, Library Media Specialist
Junction City Middle School
700 Wildcat Lane
Junction City, KS 66441

Thank you!!

Lisa Pavilionis said...

Hello, We love your books at the Clara Barton Elementary School and would really appreciate bookmarks for our 400 students in grades 2 - 4 if they’re still available. Thank you!

Lisa Pavilionis, Clara Barton PTO
Clara Barton Elementary School
25 Depot Road
Oxford, MA 01540

Debbie Diesen said...

Lisa, I'll get those sent your way!

Carly Andersen said...

Hi! I am starting a brand new library at the new charter school where I work in Northwest Arkansas. We could really use some bookmarks!

Carly Andersen
121 West Poplar Street
Rogers, AR 72758

Judy said...

I'd love some for our school library.

Brackett Elementary School
Judy Schumacher, Librarian
66 Eastern Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476

Many thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Our school loves your books and would love bookmarks! We have 400 students.

Florine J Abel Elementary
7100 Madonna Pl
Sarasota, Fl 34243

Melissa Scott

Debbie Diesen said...

Judy and Melissa, bookmarks are headed your way!

Unknown said...

Our school library would love some bookmarks to share. Your books are fantastic reads!
We have hundreds of students.
Katy Perry
78 Altamont Rd
Voorheesville, NY 12186
Schenectady SCD STEAM Coach

rhmasseyii said...

hello. I would LOVE some of your bookmarks! We have about 600 kids. I realize that is a large number, but would greatly appreciate whatever you could send me.
Lisa Massey
133 Massey Lane
Palatka, Florida 32177

Thank you!

Unknown said...

Hello! I would love some bookmarks to share with our over 1300 student population!

Anne Frank Elementary School
Library Media Center
2000 Bowler Street
Philadelphia, PA 19115

Unknown said...

I would also love to get about 400 bookmarks if possible for our school library if you still have some available. Our sped kids would love any books if you have those available also. 1703 greenwood cut off rd Weatherford Tx 76088 Thanks so much

Unknown said...

The students LOVED the book marks last year. Would it be possible to get some for this school year. They keep asking for them.
Thank you so much.
Judy Wolfe
Good Hope Elementary
24050 Theda St
Perris, CA 92570

Rachel Bennett said...

I would love to share these book marks with my students. Would it be possible to get some for my school.
Thank you,
Rachel Bennett
Boca Raton Elementary
103 SW 1st Ave.
Boca Raton , FL 33432

Anonymous said...

Would love ANY bookmarks that you care to share. The kiddos love Pout Pout Fish! We have 800 kids in our school and they are always asking me for my Post-it Notes as bookmarks. Whatever you can send our way is appreciated!

Mrs. Kowalski
Gary D Wright Elementary, 1500 Ketchum Rd., Hampshire IL 60140

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Donna Nichols said...

I received mine today! Thank you so much! I'm sure the kids will love them.

Iris Schiller said...

I love your books. I recently took a job as an elementary librarian specialist in a big public school district in Mid Michigan. I wouldblove any free bookmarks that you may have.
Mrs. Schiller, library, Forest View School
3119 Stoneleigh
Lansing, MI 48910

Anonymous said...

Any left

Matthew Loo
301 Alame Loop
Belen, NM 87002