Journal Sparks

Journal Sparks

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Using words, drawing, collage, and observation-based list-making, award-winning author Emily K. Neuburger highlights the many paths into journaling. Her 60 interactive writing prompts and art how-tos help you to expand your imagination and stimulate your creativity. Every spread invites a new approach to filling a page, from making a visual map of a day-in-my-life to turning random splotches into quirky characters for a playful story. ? lt's the perfect companion to all those blank books and an ideal launch pad to explore creative self-expression and develop an imaginative voice -- for anyone ages 10 to 100!
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 191 x 241 x 17.78mm | 566.99g
  • North Adams, United States
  • English
  • full colour photographs, illustrations, 4 sticker sheets
  • 1612126529
  • 9781612126524
  • 14,481

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60 Irresistible Ways to Fill the Page

Pick up a journal, a notepad, or just the scrap of napkin on your table and write, sketch, scribble, map, and collage your way to creative self-expression.

- Illustrate a map of your day
- Capture snippets of conversation
- Imagine a potion pantry and invent remedies
- Trace objects from nature
- Style funny hairdos
- Converse with the cat
- List the things that make you you
- Turn thumbprints into quirky characters
- Tell fortunes
- Construct a teeny tiny journal
- Create collages with the included one-of-a-kind art papers, paper pop-outs, and stickers
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Review quote

"A visually adorable and joyful book full of inspiring and creative ideas for seeing, gathering, and experimenting. You will stay motivated to create for a long time!" -- Jennifer Orkin Lewis, artist and illustrator at

"A great roadmap for getting started with journaling. These thoughtful writing prompts and playful art activities will inspire and engage!" -- Susan Schwake, best-selling author of Art Lab for Kids series

"My family's favorite kind of any-age book. These friendly, fabulous, and imaginative prompts are great for journaling but they're also approachably small, stand-alone creative projects. You'll soon be busy charting your world of favorite things and places and words and dreams." -- Catherine Newman, author of Waiting for Birdy and Catastrophic Happiness

"I dare you to make it halfway through this book without running to grab your journal and a pencil! This trove of inspiring and practical ideas encourages us to push our creative boundaries and revel in the play between words and pictures." -- Alexandra Kennedy, executive director of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

"Transcendent! At a time when all of us -- children and adults -- are deluged with pixels and information, Emily Neuburger inspires us to use a journal to notice, feel, connect, and reflect." -- Sam Intrator, professor of education and child study at Smith College
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About Emily K. Neuburger

Emily K. Neuburger is a writer, artist, and freelance art and creative writing teacher. She is passionate about encouraging people to get pumped about creativity, especially when it comes to the intersection of words and art. She is the author of the award-winning book Show Me a Story (Dr. Toy Best Picks, Family Choice Award, National Parenting Products Award honors, USA Best Books, International Book Awards finalist) and writes regularly about creativity and unexpected treasures on her website,, as well as in print magazines and around the web. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and three children.
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145 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 46% (66)
4 34% (49)
3 17% (25)
2 3% (5)
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