Journals for kids we love

I have very fond memories of writing a secret journal when I was younger. And I have been encouraging my girl to write journals when we travel. That seemed to work well. But, until a few weeks ago, we had yet to make the leap to more traditional journals. After getting her the last one on this list, she got hooked and keeps asking for more.




Below you will find a few of our favourite journals. Most of these have prompts written in English. I always encourage my multilinguals to write in whatever language they want, regardless of what is on the page already. But for the little multilinguals, I have added a French journal (maybe more for girls) at the bottom of the list. Go check them out.

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Big Life journal:

This journal is marketed as a growth mindset journal for kids. Different versions of the journals cater for different age groups from 4 years old until the teenage years. We love the look of it and the content too. The website also contains lots of lovely free posters and notes pages to print out at home. Big Life Journal  can be ordered there and there are US- and EU- based shops.



Happy Self Journal:

Another journal for the 6-12 crowd. Its aim is to create happiness, develop positive habits and nurture enquiring minds. Based in the UK, this one is perfect for those wanting to write less. It encourages doodles too. I like the simple design and fun little illustrations. The Happy Self Journal can be purchased here.





I am a Rebel Girl: a Journal to Start Revolutions:

We got this journal when it came out but I feel like Miss 9 is just about now ready to start using it. She found it funny but was not really interested in using it just yet. So I would say, it is better suited to tweens and teens. But it is an amazing journal and quite different from anything else out there encouraging girls of all ages to jot down their hopes for the future or love notes to favorite body parts. You can get the I am a Rebel Girl journal here.


3-Minute Gratitude Journal:

Again this is a journal that is easy to use as it does not require much writing. It is suitable for younger children and is quick and simple to use. A page a day with a few other prompts and fun pages in-between. You can take a look at the 3-Minute Gratitude Journal here.



Back and forth journal:

I have been searching for one of those for a while now to share with my girl. I would much prefer a non-gendered one (why does everything have to be gendered these days? But hey that is a fight for another day). Maybe I will make my own. But this is a fun way of journaling and opening communication with your kids (and not just for mothers to daughters). Here are a few journals of that type I like.

Image from Between Mom and Me journal

Share Your Smile: Raina's Guide to Telling Your Own Story:

Miss 9 has this one on her wishlist. She loves the books from Raina Telgemeier and is eagerly awaiting this one. This is a little more than a journal Raina explains how she wrote her own story and gives lots of tips for kids to do the same from drawing tips to places to stick photos to writing tips. Take a look here for more here if you have a budding writer.




Journal d'une peste à écrire toi-même:

Now, please take this one with a big pinch of salt. It is 100% not politically correct. It is humor. So make sure your kid has reached that stage when they can tell it is not okay to behave like this.
This is also an added on to a very famous French book series. I used to love reading the books and Miss 9 loves them too. The accompanying journal is a fun one with very short writing prompts and lots of doodling spaces. You can find the Journal d'une peste here.



If you are looking for travel journals for kids, head over here, where I have collated over 30 different ideas for journals to purchase or make yourself. 



Have you got a favourite journal? I would love to hear your recommendations.

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