Friday, January 30, 2009

Journal Buddies Book Review

“The formula looks like this: Sharing your Journal + Creative Journaling + Kindness = Journal Buddies.”Journal Buddies by Jill Schoenberg

I wish I would have spent more time in my childhood journaling. Sure, I kept various diaries and journals, but I don’t think I ever completely filled one up entirely. Journaling requires a certain kind of discipline, and I struggled with writing down my thoughts as a child. Why waste good paper with my silly, boring, mediocre ramblings? (Like most young girls I also had a bit of a self-esteem problem, too.) Journal Buddies are a helpful and fun journaling option for children who, like me back then, just need a little inspiration.

Journal Buddies: A Girl's Journal for Sharing and Celebrating Magnificence by Jill Schoenberg helps build self-esteem in young girls and provides a way to get rid of the journaling “block.” It’s journaling done a different way! The journal is shared with one or more journal buddies. The buddies chosen can include friends, siblings, cousins, moms, grandparents and even dads! Journal Buddies promotes creative journaling - a combination of writing and scrapbooking through the use of stickers, photographs, and drawings that result in a personalized, unique journal. Best of all, it encourages kindheartedness and consideration of another’s feelings. Let’s face it – girls, especially tweens and teens, can be downright cruel to each other. A little kindness can really go a long way in boosting self-confidence.

The Journal Buddies book has room for 30 journal entries. A great introductory section provides helpful pointers and tips on how to use the book. It also includes a list of 89 creative journaling ideas. Basically, each journal entry has the following fill in spots:
1. Name of buddy friend and date
2. Lines to list each others qualities traits and talents
3. Blank pages with a special focus word for creative journaling. Some of the focus words options are beauty, giggle, possibilities, and gift.

I look forward to the time when my daughter is old enough to journal buddy with me. What a great, positive way to interact with your child! I also think that the journals would make a fun activity for girl scout troups and also might work well in certain classroom or educational settings. I’m kind of surprised they don’t offer a Christian version of the book for use with youth groups or the AWANA clubs. Once completed, the journal would most likely become a keepsake book to cherish forever, filled with great memories and shared moments. There is also a similar book for boys available titled Journal Buddies: A Boy's Journal for Discovering and Sharing Excellence. The books have won numerous awards including a 2008 Dove Foundation Family-Approved Seal and a 2008 Mom’s Choice Award.

It's a proven fact that journaling is a great way for kids to develop and improve their writing and language skills. Writing takes practice. The more you write, the better you get. Journaling also helps boost individuality, confidence and creativity. Journaling with a buddy gives an even bigger boost! The Journal Buddies books are available for purchase at the Journal Buddies Website or at

Thanks to Family Review Network and Journal Buddies for this review opportunity!