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Notebook Addict of the Week: Ella

This week’s addict comes from a family who must have a house full of notebooks! Ella was previously featured along with her sister when she was only 5 years old. Her dad Shane has also been featured as an addict. Ella has not outgrown her love of notebooks. Here is her colorful collection so far:

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“My name is Ella. I am 11 years old. I am in 6th grade right now. I like to write down important things or events in my journals. I get it from my dad. Also, I like to write down meaningful verses from the bible. I have been writing in journals for about 6-7 years. I have two favorite journals in this picture. My favorite one is the Wizard of Oz one, and the second favorite is the Wonder Woman journal. “

Ella, thank you so much for sharing your love of notebooks with us! I hope you continue to keep writing in your journals for many years to come!

Student Writers and their Notebooks

I always love seeing kids with notebooks:


“Standing in line to go back to class Thursday, Oct. 20, Ekole Azah jotted a few more lines of a ghostly encounter in her notebook. Her Halloween tale was one of many stories written by students at Bethany School as they joined in the National Day of Writing with a “flash mob” of writers on the school playground.

“I liked writing — it just felt so good,” Kayleigh Savage said after the project. “I told people I was a writer.”

Students in Devon Jurcso’s third-grade class have been honing their writing skills all year, penning short stories daily during class. Jurcso attended a four-week long Great Valley Writing Project course over the summer and took their ideas into her classroom, where she works to instill a passion for writing in her students.

The class gathers thoughts and ideas in small pocket notebooks, and at the end of each writing session, girls and boys take turns in an author’s chair to share their creations.”

Read more at Tracy Press – Students let the ink out.

A Fourth Grader Who Writes Novels in Notebooks

I love this kid! Such a cute story, and I bet she will be filling many more notebooks in the years to come!

“One budding author at Aldrich Intermediate School has written so many novels, she has to lug them around in a Dora the Explorer suitcase. Fourth grader Amari Morton not only fills spiral notebooks faster than her parents can buy them, but skipped a grade and is reading at the sixth grade level….

“You know how kids ask for toys? Well Amari asked for notebooks,” added father Sean.”

Read more at: Fourth grader a novelist in the making – Beloit Daily News: News

Notebook Addict of the Week: A Four Year Old!

Jes from Australia writes to say that her 4 year old son is a budding notebook addict!

“About 18 months ago he asked for a notebook from my own (extensive collection, who said addiction doesn’t run in families? ). Since then he has filled a few. I love watching him create and record himself in his notebook’s.  He often says he is writing his diary. He now has the same number of journals as the number of years he has been alive.”




He’s off to a good start– let’s hope he keeps up his notebooking habit in the years to come!

Thanks for sharing this story, Jes!

Cynthia Rowley’s Packing List Includes Notebooks

From the New York Times website, designer Cynthia Rowley talks about favorite things to bring along on her travels, including journals for her kids to record their adventures, at around the :57 mark:

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Via Can’t Go Without: Cynthia Rowley.

A Five-Year Old Notebook Fan!

This is one of my favorite reader-submitted photos ever– meet Tholakele, a 5-year old from South Africa.  On a trip to Paris, left the toy department at Le Bon Marché empty handed and instead picked out a notebook and pen and ink set for herself, which she tried out the minute she and her mother got to the café!


I love her look of concentration– and that’s a nice little Eiffel Tower she’s drawing in gorgeous purple ink!

The notebook is made by L´après-midi and is called Mini Note: Eiffel.
The children´s calligraphy pen is made by Marc Vidal, France.

Tholakele’s mom, Annicka, admits that a notebook obsession runs in the family– she writes and draws daily in notebooks herself.

A big thank you to Annicka for sharing the photos!

Spying Journal

I think I have turned my 8-year-old niece into a notebook fan! A couple of years ago, we started playing “spy” a lot when I’d visit. For me, of course, half the fun of playing spy has always been that it’s an excuse to carry a notebook and write things down! So that was always very much part of the game, and my niece continues to write spy notes in store-bought notebooks or even handmade ones like this:

She seems to quite like writing down her observations and experiences in general, not just when she’s spying. We’ll see how this habit develops and changes as she gets older!

Notebook Addicts of the Week: Julia and Ella

Sometimes notebook addiction runs in the family: Shane, a former addict himself, has two daughters with the addiction in their blood!

I’m afraid/proud to say that my girls, Julia (8), and Ella (6) are blossoming junior notebook addicts. As I’m looking for journals at Target or TJ Maxx, they always ask if they can get one, too. How can I resist? So, here’s their combined collection.

Here’s some homemade ones. They took some of their old pants and cut the pockets out of them and decorated their notebooks.


Gotta love the superhero journals. I love me a superhero journal!

And the ultimate in girly notebooks, Hello Kitty.

Intergenerational notebook addiction, I love it! I always have a soft spot for kids who love notebooks, and especially kids who get creative and decorate or make their own notebooks. Thanks to Shane and his girls for sharing this fun, colorful collection!

Kids Who Love Notebooks

I always love coming across stories about kids using notebooks:

My son commented that he needed more notebooks. I asked him why. Didn’t he have several notebooks that weren’t full? Yes, he said, but one was for thoughts on his school work, and the second was about the environment, and the third one was for our trips. He just started a new topic in the last one he owned, and he wanted to have a blank one in reserve, for the next topic that was bound to surface.

I went over and looked over his shoulder. Beautiful rows of assured, second-grade English-style cursive lined the pages. He was writing about Antarctica. Geography, science, penguins. Whatever interested him.

Bravo! Sounds like the start of a life-long habit…

Read more at SwissMystery: Notebooks.

Notebooks for Kids

I just had a visit from my young niece and nephew. We were celebrating birthdays, and one of the presents I gave my niece was a diary with a little padlock, which also came with an invisible ink pen, viewable only with its built-in special light. She loved it and I caught my nephew giving it some jealous looks.
At another point in their visit, I thought they might like to write down or draw some of the things they’d seen. I remembered how much I liked small notebooks at their age, so I thought I might give them a couple of the extras from my stash. Maybe they were just distracted by other things, but they had absolutely ZERO interest in being given a notebook. I also thought about giving them each one of my Uniball MF3 multi-pens but I decided not to. While a multi-pen has a bit more of a gee-whiz factor than a notebook, I still wasn’t sure they’d appreciate it.
This got me thinking about what kinds of things kids think are cool. Things that are made for kids, like that locking diary, are usually colorful and cartoony, and have extra features like noises or lights or magical changing colors to make them interesting. Sometimes, I guess this is exactly what kids want. But other kids want things that are REAL– you know how you can give babies a toy phone, but they’ll still prefer to play with your real cell phone? It can apply to older kids too– sometimes they don’t want the imitation kid version of a thing, they want the actual adult thing it’s based on. My niece and nephew are only 6 and 5 years old, so they might not appreciate that distinction yet. But I’ve given real adult notebooks to older kids in my family who seemed to like them, so maybe there’s still hope!
Are notebook lovers born or made? Did you like notebooks as a kid? Are there any fun notebook styles that kids particularly like? Let’s hear about them in the comments!