Encourage your young writers to fill in the blanks, doodle in the margins, and make these six getting-to-know-yourself journals their own. Not only do they make fun writing exercises today, they’ll likely be treasured memories down the road.
- My Listography: My Amazing Life in Lists :: Even kids who swear they hate to write will get caught up in the fun of making lists of their favorite cartoon characters or what they’d do if they had the house to them- selves for a day.
- 642 Things to Write About :: Sometimes, you just need a little writerly inspiration, and this lively book— which encourages creative works such as an ode to an onion or rewriting the plot of the worst movie you’ve ever seen—delivers.
- Q&A a Day for Kids: Three Year Journal :: What’s cool about this dated journal is that kids can see how their answers to questions (like what’s your favorite book or tell the funniest joke you know) change over time.
- MemoRANDOM :: Ideal for teens, this book poses curious questions, like “what are your favorite insults” and “what are the most truthful songs about love” in an easy-to-pick-up-and-put-down format that’s pretty much pressure-free.
- Wreck this Journal :: Kids with perfectionist tendencies can learn to let lose with this journal, which encourages them to spill glue, paint with coffee, and throw things in the pursuit of creative fun.
- Just Between Us: a No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms :: Though it’s annoyingly focused on girls (a book like this would be great for boys, too), this journal’s do-it-together premise opens the door for meaningful conversation and connection.
This list was originally published in the spring 2014 issue of home/school/life.