This parent-designed journal delivers activities and topics aimed at encouraging children to think and get creative.
An illustrated journal meant to persuade kids to record their thoughts and feelings isn’t a new idea. But debut author Negovan gives the format a substantive lift with more than 170 pages of content devised to inspire children ages 5 to 10 to develop their innovative and critical thinking skills through imagination-stretching subjects to explore, facts to research, and hands-on activities. The book is structured for daily use: the cover sports colorful pictures and heavy card stock; a flexible binding keeps pages flat when opened; the smooth sheets and the simple but engaging black-and-white images by debut illustrator Kucher should stand up to pens and markers. The left side of each two-page spread offers something to do (recipes, mazes, memory games, math puzzles, crafts) or to visualize and draw (feelings, a family for a “monster kid,” a treasure map, “the weirdest food you’ve ever tried”). The right side provides a surprising fact (“Butterflies have taste buds on their feet”; a banana is a berry) and a topic to ponder and talk and write about. Some are one-word subjects (kindness, self-control, secrets, discoveries); others are fanciful suggestions (invent words, a new holiday, or a new planet; imagine what forks and spoons say about us “when we leave the kitchen”). An especially nice aspect is the dedicated space for kids to list things they are grateful for each day. The book begins with a note to parents explaining the work and the reasoning behind it, asking them to make the journal experience a regular time of shared fun and conversation.
An appealing journal that invites participation and quality parent-and-child time through playful and thought-provoking features.