the journals they write in! And like us, every child will have his or her own preferences.
The Best Journals For Kids
Just remember . . .
— encourage writing stamina and fluency, not spelling
— journals aren’t meant to be revised or edited unless your child knows in advance
— journals can be seed ideas for more writing which will be drafted, revised, edited, and published
Guided / Prompt Journals
Although it’s now out-of-print, this guided journal from Compendium made journaling easy to do for my oldest daughter. Why? Because she didn’t have to think of what to write.
That is the beauty of guided journals with prompts.
However, this also can be unappealing to others (like me!) who want to think of their own topics.
Since JJ is six, art is the best way into writing. She’s been using the art journal from Compendium.
Other popular guided journals you might like include:
Me: A Compendium by Wee Society (great for beginning writers)
The Big Life Journal (a guided journal for children ages 7+ to encourage a growth mindset)
Q & A a Day for Kids: Three Year Journal by Betsy Franco
I like composition notebooks for two main reasons: they’re inexpensive and the pages don’t rip out. (So young writers won’t lose their writing.)
Notebooks from Michael’s Dollar Bin
I got these color-in spiral-bound notebooks from Michaels for gifts to students in my writing classes. Aren’t they cute?
Mompreneur, Jill Schoenberg, created a 30 day guided journal book to build self-esteem and meant to be shared with a friend called Journal Buddies. We haven’t had a chance to try out our Journal Buddies journals yet but my friend, Terry at The Reading Tub liked it.
AJ and I started using Just Between Us: The No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms from Chronicle and Meredith and Sofie Jacobs during our breakfast dates before school. I loved how it helped us to focus our conversation and share something special.
More Journals I Like
Wreck This Journal (not a ton of writing to be found here but very creative)
Travel Journal by Peter Pauper Press
What about your kids? What journals do they like?