Journaling is not just for adults. In fact, journaling is a great way for kids to express themselves and feed their creativity. In an increasingly digital age, journals are great ways to get kids off screens and doing analog activities. Here are 25 of the best kids journals to inspire self-expression and get your kids to write.
These kids journals have universal appeal. With helpful prompts, kids can write and draw to their heart’s content.
A journal for kids ages 6-12, the One Question A Day Kids Journal has thoughtful questions for every day of the year to get kids to open up about themselves. Questions like “If you could have a superpower, what would it be?” And “What’s one thing your parents don’t know about you?” are just a few of the questions kids will find in the book. Kids will get to answer the same questions, each day, for three years and see how not only their handwriting changes but their answers, too.
Wee Society is an award-winning creative studio known for its kid-friendly, eye-popping designs. With writing prompts and activities that spark a child’s imagination, Me: A Compendium is a fun place to write about off-the-wall questions like what the name of their band would be and what they’d like to bring to outer space. Kids will have fun completing every page of this journal.
Who doesn’t love an awesome kid? As the main character of their own awesome story, in the Diary of An Awesome Kid Journal, kids can write and doodle their way through this fun diary. Kids can create fun chapters about their life’s adventures within this diary with a do-it-yourself table of content for bookmarking highlights.
Make journaling a family affair with these kids journals. Whether it’s mom & me, or the entire family together, these journals are a fun way to involve all members of the family.
If you know a mom looking to connect with their son, maybe a journal is one way to go about it. The Between Mom & Me Journal is an engaging way for moms and sons to deepen their relationship, swap stories, compare perspectives, and record memories along the way. Kids journals like this are a special way to form new bonds.
The Love, Mom and Me Daughter Keepsake Journal is thoughtful and safe space for mothers and daughters to connect with one another. Mothers and daughters share a special bond and this journal offers a special place to document it.
A shared back-and-forth journal for kids and their parents, Grateful Together is a kids journal that strengthens bonds between children and their caregivers. This guided journal is a great way to take a moment to appreciate big things and little things and teach children the importance of gratitude in everyday life.
Character building is an important lesson for kids. The power of developing leadership skills, positive thinking, and mindfulness, are just a few of the character building concepts that are gleaned from these kids journals.
To be a leader you need confidence, self-awareness, grit, and gratitude! The I Am A Leader Journal is designed specifically for kids on leadership traits and topics to help them grow. Kids will be guided through daily reflection, mindfulness, and gratitude exercises to give them the confidence to become leaders at school, on the dance floor, or on the playing field.
In this life, it goes without saying how important it is to believe in oneself and face challenges with confidence. The Big Life Journal endeavors to cultivate a growth mindset to give little kids the social and emotional maturity needed to stand tall and with their chins held high. The Big Life Journal comes with a podcast for a multi-sensory learning experience.
As an adult, how good does it feel to be told “You Got This?” Pretty good, right? Kids like to hear it, too! This daily journal promotes happiness, gratitude, self-confidence, and mental health wellbeing. The You Got This Journal gives kids the chance to write about the “Amazing Things That Happened Today” or make “Good Things Checklists” to promote happiness.
Part workbook and part journal, with this book kids will learn that anger is a normal emotion that everyone feels at one point or another. Filled with 50 playful exercises to help kids handle their powerful emotions, kids journals like the Anger Management Workbook for Kids teaches kids how to stay calm and make better choices when they are angry.
Journals for Girls
There are a ton of kids journals specifically for girls. Whether teaching empowerment and building self-esteem or a simple place to record thoughts and feelings, these journals have special touches just for girls.
A #1 best seller on Amazon, the Hey Girl! Journal is all about self-discovery and women’s empowerment. Girls will unlock their potential through positive affirmations, gratitude exercises, thought-provoking exercises.
With a fun and vibrant unicorn theme, this journal has illustrated pages that alternate with ruled and blank pages. With premium-quality paper and a colorful matte jacket, the Unicorn Journal and Sketchbook is just the right size to stow in a purse or small backpack and take-along anywhere you go.
Designed for kids grades K-2, the Draw and Write Journal is a perfect place for brilliant little minds to do their daily doodling and dream up all the super cool projects that their yearning to create. Who wouldn’t be inspired to write when surrounded by cute rainbows, donuts, and tiaras?
A perfect composition journal for early writers, each page has a top half for illustrating their entries and stories and a bottom half for writing. The lined sections even have a dash mid-line to help kids learning to write. Kids journals like this are simple and sweet for creative impulses and spontaneous writing.
Journals for Boys
Journaling is a great way for boys to express themselves. Notoriously less communicative than girls, journals allow boys the opportunity to express themselves whether that be in written form or drawn.
If you have a budding creative writer, this Draw & Write Journal gives them room to spread their wings. With space for a title, a box for pictures, and lines for writing, kids will have fun writing and illustrating stories in this dinosaur-themed journal.
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Special Interest Kids Journals
Whether you child is into art and sports or creative writing and exploring, these kids journals are a great for capturing their thoughts, feelings, and engaging in all around self-expression.
A little secret about this journal, it’s not just for kids! The all-ages Wreck It Journal is filled with off-the-wall prompts to paint, shred, transform, and unleash your creativity. If the journal gets wrecked along the way, so be it.
If your child has a little bit of wanderlust brewing inside them, then grab a copy of the Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids to stoke that ephemeral feeling a bit more. Kids will be able to record hopes for their trip, highlights, new discoveries, and more. This is a perfect way to keep kids engaged and entertained during family travels.
Learning tools disguised as insanely cute kids journals are brilliant. With a flair for silliness, the writing prompts in the Write On: My Story Journal exposes kids to techniques for creating poems, song lyrics, comics, speeches, and stories. All in the name of fun, this keepsake journal is one-of-a-kind, and an awesome supplement to creative writing sometimes taught in schools today.
This unique sports-themed journal will help sports players record all of the highlights of their season. Whether they use it to focus on priorities mentioned by their coach, improve and track their performance, or remember their contributions to the season, it is a unique keepsake for young athletes. The My Season Journal Series is also available for baseball, softball, football, hockey, and basketball.
If your child loves to explore, collect rocks and twigs, and bring mementos from nature walks home, then this journal is for you. For kids, documenting memories in kids journals is a great way to learn about themselves and the world around them. The Explorer’s Notebook is the perfect place to record all of their findings.
For kids looking to grow in their faith, the Read it! Pray it! Write it! Draw it! Journal offers Bible-related reading, praying, writing, drawing, and other activities that emphasize faith-based values. Good for kids ages 6 and up, this journal also offers recommendations for scripture passages to round out journal entries.
For beginning journaling, the Lakeshore Learning Draw & Write Journal is a place for 4-6-year-olds to write original stories, poems, or record the day’s events. This spiral-bound journal has 60 pages for kids to fill with their creative thoughts.
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Pop Culture-Inspired Kids Journals
There have been some pretty epic kids movies about diaries and journaling, and these pop culture-inspired kids journals are fun. Especially, if your kid is a fan of the movies that inspired them.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a New York Times bestseller and a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice for Favorite Book. With the Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book, kids become author, illustrator, and main character of their own journal. Every Wimpy Kid fan knows that this book will need to be kept somewhere safe. Because, when they’re rich and famous, kids journals like this will be worth a fortune.
If you’re new to the “Choose Kind Movement,” then the Choose Kind Journal is a good place to start. Filled with quotes from the New York Times bestselling book Wonder, kids will be inspired to find ways that they can actively be kind every day to the people in their lives and to themselves.
Any of these kids journals allows children to express their thoughts and creativity in a healthy and productive way. Whether the child in your life is drawn to writing, sketching, and unleashing their inner artist, try journaling with them, and perhaps they will find a lifelong interest.
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