Scribble Diary

by Jennifer Donovan

My eight-year-old son had talked a lot about wanting to keep a diary. I thought that was a great idea, so I gave him a notebook as he requested, but he didn’t use it a whole lot. I’m still hoping to tap into that desire, because as I writer I know how therapeutic and inspiring and cathartic writing can be.

With two creative and artistic kids, I definitely thought that The Scribble Diary: My Brain Right Now by Lisa Currie could help them entertain themselves as they examine their days. This is a book that is a twist on a traditional diary — designed for all ages to be able to use.

Each two-page spread has a place to record events and feelings in a creative way, either writing or scribbling. Honestly, when I first looked at it, I wasn’t sure how it would really work in a practical way.

But my son LOVED it. He has used it consistently for the last week, even doing more than one entry during a day when he was feeling inspired. I even picked it up and left my own entry for him to discover.

So whether you want to encourage your child or teen to record their lives, or give them a creative activity for the summer or a long road trip, or create a fun family book, The Scribble Diary: My Brain Right Now is a unique way to do that.

We have TWO copies to give away today. Just leave a comment, and we’ll announce the winner in our 5 Minutes for Books column right here on June 4.

The winner of I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag is #46 Lori D.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Jawan May 21, 2012 at 12:13 am

Our oldest son would benefit from being able to write down his thoughts in such a creative way! Thanks!


2 Rachel Robertson (Azrael) May 21, 2012 at 12:16 am

My cousin is really going through some tough times right now and I think this book would be so helpful to him!


3 Beth cole May 21, 2012 at 12:50 am

This would be perfect for my daughter!


4 DeDe Smith May 21, 2012 at 4:33 am

My daughter who is 7 just started wanting to write in a journal so this would be SO SO perfect for her!


5 Janet Carey May 21, 2012 at 6:38 am

Great for my daughter who tries to keep a diary but never gets very far. She’d find success with this!


6 Jen E May 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

This sounds like a lot of fun, I think my son and I would both enjoy this.
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7 Garrett May 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

Good practice for child learning.


8 Van May 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

A little girls dream is owning a dairy.


9 Margaret May 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

This sounds great! Please enter me!



10 Julie May 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Love it! So would my daughters.


11 Anna May 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

This would be great to activate the kids during the summer.


12 Sherrie May 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

My 8-year old son is also creative and artistic. He loves to draw and I know this would be an absolutely awesome book for him!


13 gidgetnfroggi May 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

this looks awesome!!! fingers crossed although I’m not very lucky on giveaways. :)
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14 Jessica T. May 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

This would be great for my son to use this summer while on his school break.


15 liz May 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Diary keeping seems to be a lost art. How inventive.


16 Joy
May 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

This looks like a lot of fun – i have a daughter who would love it!


17 Jenn May 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

This looks like an awesome book, I know several kids who would like it!


18 Petula May 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I love this idea. It’s like the Wreck this Journal and other journals (can’t remember the author’s name), which are really inspiring as well. My son would love this… my daughter probably would as well… :-)
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19 Jessica T May 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm

My son would love this!


20 Dianna May 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

That looks really cool. My daughter would love that.
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21 Patricia Crowley May 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

This looks so fun! Thanks so much for the chance to win!


22 Missional Mama May 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Looks really fun. I think all my kids would enjoy a copy!



23 riTa May 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Oh! I know just the grandsons who’d enjoy and benefit.
I may have to get one for myself!
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24 Patricia May 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I would love to give this to my young cousin. He really needs something like this to process all the stuff that’s going on in his immediate family. Also I think it would help to nurture his artistic side. (Something I try to do with him and his younger brother.)


25 Kristin May 21, 2012 at 11:24 pm

This diary would be great for my daughter, who has been dealing with health issues lately.
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26 Tammy Gordon May 22, 2012 at 4:50 am

Cool books! Would love for my daughter to try one!


27 Janet May 22, 2012 at 7:29 am

Great idea for summer writing. Perfect for my 8 year old. Thanks for the great idea if I don’t win!


28 Mary Preston May 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

What a brilliant idea!! I love this.


29 Beth C May 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

This would be wonderful for my granddaughter. Good to be creative.


30 MotherReader May 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I love the format… interesting and engaging prompts. Seems like it would be a good fit for my daughter too, not much of a writer/reader, but someone with a lot on her mind.
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31 AEKZ2 May 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

This would be fun for my son.


32 Kathy Stevenson May 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

My oldest daughter would love this!!!


33 Claire
May 23, 2012 at 1:32 am

Looks fun! Thanks.


34 Jen V. May 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

I think my daughter would love this! I love that it prompts them on what to write.
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35 Brandy May 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

My sister is in rehab right now. This would be great to write down her personal thoughts when she comes home!


36 melissa n May 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

i think my niece would really enjoy this :)


37 Lauren May 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

oh sounds like a fun book. count me in!


38 Liz May 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm

My daughter would absolutely adore this!


39 Chacoy May 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm

My son would love this!
Thank you for the opportunity;)


40 Lauren Knott May 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

My nephew would love this! My son is a little young for it.


41 Kathy S May 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Clever idea. Thanks for the giveaway.


42 Les Johnson May 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!

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44 jennifer o. May 26, 2012 at 7:20 am

My nine yr old would LOVE this!!!
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45 Melissa P. May 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

My son would love this book. He uses so much paper to write that I should take stock in it. This books would be a blessing. LOL


46 Staci A May 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

This looks like a great way to keep our son writing this summer!


47 Sue H. May 27, 2012 at 2:22 am

My daughter journals everyday. She started at about age 13. She’s now 26. I’d love to win this for my 2 neices ages 4 and 8. Thanks for the giveaway!


48 Janice May 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

My grand daughter would love this. it would give her a unique way to express herself


49 Sandra U. May 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I have a pre-teen who would love this.


50 K Anne May 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm

My almost 8 year old son would love to have this book. It would make a great birthday present!


51 Chavonne H May 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Looks like a lot of fun, thanks so much for the giveaway! Appreciate it!!


52 Amy May 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Count me in! My girls would loveeeeeeeeee this!


53 Travis May 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Oh my princess would love something like this!


54 Teresa Thompson June 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

What a good concept to help others.


55 Jen B June 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Great way to keep my son writing over the summer! Thanks for the chance!


56 Jamie June 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Perfect for my 9 year old!!!


57 Barb June 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

Perfect to encourage my kiddos to *write* as well as read.


58 LT June 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

My daughter would really enjoy this! Thanks for the chance to win it!


59 kathie June 5, 2012 at 7:39 am

Oh, I am going to have to go buy this. What a great idea!


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