Review: Doodle Diary by Dawn DeVries Sokol


Turn your doodles into a personal journal and into art to boot! In the tradition of Keri Smith (Wreck This Journal, This Is Not a Book), Dawn DeVries Sokol has created a fun, easy artist’s journal to get kids started with the basics. Doodle about your day; makes lists of your favorite things; write goals and daydream; try different mediums like pens, watercolors, and found art; add in family photos or ticket stubs; use Xerox transfers; and much, much more to create a casual, playful, and often thoughtful journal of your life.

From the time I was young I was always encouraged to write in a journal. I was raised hearing quotes such as this one:

“Every person should keep a journal and every person can keep a journal. It should be an enlightening one and should bring great blessings and happiness to the families.” ~ Spencer W. Kimball

I started my first journal when I was 8 years old and have sporadically kept a journal throughout my life. I look back on those early entries and laugh. Most of them consist of “Did the same thing as usual today.” Same thing as usual? 30 years later I have no idea what that was.

One of my personal favorite ways to keep a journal is to answer a prompt such as:

What is your favorite memory from childhood?
Who are your close friends?
Who was your favorite teacher in school? why?

I was thrilled when I received a copy of Doodle Diary to review. It’s an adorable little book with colorful pages full of “prompts” for journaling.

What makes me happy?
My favorite place to be…
My embarassing moments:
What’s in my backpack:
My heroes:
My future self:
I think the
perfect day would be:

This book is perfect for my 10 year old daughter. She is not currently keeping a journal but is really into art so I know she’ll love this book and I think she will actually use it. I’m putting it away as a stocking stuffer for Christmas.

Content: Clean

Rating: 5 Stars

Source: From Publisher for Review