By Christine Boucher
Design by Suzanne Good Hazard
Express Yourself! is a wonderful way for children to journal. The intro explains that you can start on any page, make it your own and even encourages your child to cross out things that don’t relate to them and replace those items with things that do. Your child is also encouraged to ask an adult or a good friend to explain things they do not understand. The list of things besides your child’s imagination and thoughts that they will need are most likely in your child’s room right now. They include something to write with (crayons, makers, etc.), stickers, photos and/or pictures from magazines, ticket stubs, awards and any other things that will inspire or remind them of memories.
The chapters are fun and interesting. Starting with “Joyful Jots” – one positive word answers to words like playgrounds, fall, art class and homework. Each chapter is color coded and has at least one inspirational quote. A few of my favorites are: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein and “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”-Willie Nelson.
I highly recommend this book for children old enough to read and write. It is a springboard for discussion with his or her parents when sharing thoughts and asking questions that may arise.
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman