Diversity Reading Challenge

Here is the Perfect Accessory for Rad Women: My Rad Life, A Journal


An inspiring, empowering journal that encourages its owners to think, create, reflect, and explore their own radness. 

A companion to the New York Times bestseller Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, this cool guided journal draws from a number of the “rad” women featured in both books, while also including a diverse range of new women, all of whom come to life via inspirational quotes and paper cut portraits.Blank pages invite doodling, lined pages encourage writing, and a collection of thought-provoking prompts encourage users to get to know themselves better by recording their thoughts and ideas on paper.

I LOVE Journals, don’t you? And I also love the Rad Women books by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl. So it makes perfect sense that the powers that be would coming my two faves into one thing: a journal for and about Rad women.  What I love most about this journal is that the women who are quoted and illustrated within the pages are of every color and ethnicity and lifestyle imaginable.

I can already see myself scooping multiple copies of this journal at the holidays for every Rad woman in my life. I would love to see English or Language Arts teachers use the journal as tool during writing class. The possibilities of use for My Rad Life are so many.

Totally putting this on my Diversity Reading Challenge.


You’re Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who’s Uniquely Awesome by Kate Peterson

You’re Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who’s Uniquely Awesome


I’ve found my book, yall! If you’re like me and love journals but can’t ever find the right one for you, like no further. It’s a journal for us weirdos. Inside you’ll find writing prompts, lists, places to draw, challenges, and more. It’s like the journal knows exactly what you need to be your wonderful weirdo self.

I’ve just opened it so its kind of empty right now, but I plan on filling it in during the summer and tracking my weirdness all summer. I’ll update along the way so you can enjoy it and possibly get one for the weirdo in your life.

But please, we prefer to be called eccentric.


Start Where You Are journal by Meera Lee Patel

I love journals. I’ve been keeping journals since I was a kid. I can’t walk past a journal without admiring the paper, smelling the lovely fresh smell (shut UP I know you smell books too), and contemplating what secrets I’ll share with my journal. To be sure, probably most of my journals are probably coffee stained, but amidst tears, doodles, stickers, and girl scout song lyrics, there’s my life story.

Start Where You Are journal by Meera Lee Patel

I’ve tried just about every kind of journal there is, but my favorites tend be the ones with relevant inspirational quotes. C

Good advice from Mo Willems: If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.  Then, on the page opposite each quote Patel leaves room for reflection and scribbles and also provides writing prompts.

One of my favorite quotes is; Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. ~Oscar Wilde

Pop this journal in your tote bag and when you’re waiting at the bus stop or sitting in the car at school pick up time, use that time to scribble a few thoughts. Self reflection is the best kind of homework.

While you’re at it, grab some markers and make it fun.

Buy an extra pack for your kid, cuz you don’t want them taking yours.

Better buy some stickers too, cuz, you know, stickers are fun.

What’s your fave journal?



Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books Children

T is for Twerp #AtoZ Challenge



Yep that’s right. Twerp.  Intrigued aren’t you?




Bullying makes PammyPam one sad panda.  But did you ever stop to consider what goes on in the brain of the BULLY? Me neither.  Here’s some insight:

It’s not like I meant for him to get hurt. . . .

Julian Twerski isn’t a bully. He’s just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade–blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he’s still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can’t bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.


Makes you think, doesn’t it? To be sure, bullying is still wrong but this insight into the bully’s mind might help stop it before it starts.


In the fall I love to participate in Bullying Prevention activities.  What about you?