Mindful Reading - A Log for Kids


If I had a time machine and could go back to little me and tell her one thing, it would be…


Not what you might guess.


Probably I should tell me something about being more confident or ignoring the bitches or not caring about boys. But truth be told, I figured those things out and I wouldn’t change the journey.


What I would I would tell little me is this…


Keep a record of all the books you read. Every one of them.


You’re right - I’m the biggest nerd of EVER.

I only really starting keeping a log of my books two years ago. Excel spreadsheet. Name, genre-ish, title, type, date, and a one sentence reflection. Nothing fancy. Not a bullet journal entry. Not Goodreads. But it’s one of those little things that makes me happy.

I was inspired to start this from my boys. At varying times their teachers have had them keep reading logs that include brief reflections. When you think about, teachers are encouraging them to be more mindful about their reading. And people - it make sense! Check out this awesome infographic from https://blissfulkids.com

If our hippocampus is the “librarian,” and we aren’t being mindful when we’re reading, we’re not storing our book knowledge well!


Can you imagine having a log that catalogued years and years and years of books? A written record of your reflections on every text? Some of you probably already do this. KUDOS!


I’m going to present this idea to the boys. Not this week - no more things this week! But soon. Here’s how I’m going to do it.


  1. Go to the Time Machine errrr...Amazon and buy a kick ass journal. One that might inspire boys to hang onto it and keep it nice. I’m a sucker for this one.

  2. Write a little note in front about WHY. Sappy note from Mom makes it less likely to get chunked.

  3. Model it. And model it for a book we read together. Harry Potter maybe?

My boys are big...so how could Dev & the L Man do this?

  1. Try these journals…

  2. Mom can write the Title.

  3. Munchkin boy can draw a picture.

Maybe we create a long time habit. Maybe in 10 or 20 years, they can Time Machine back to those reading logs. Or maybe I just annoy my kids. Either way, #worthit


How could you take this idea for a spin? We would LOVE to hear from you!

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