How to Make a Reading Journal

Whether you’re making a reading journal for yourself, as a gift or you want to sell money journals, this video gives you the tips and suggestions you need. Plus, using tools like Canva makes it super easy to create a journal for personal or commercial use…and fast. You can even use our templates to make it even easier.

What is a Reading Journal and Why Would You Want to Keep One?

A reading journal is a personal notebook where avid readers can record their thoughts, reflections, and reviews of books they've read.

People like to keep reading journals to deepen their understanding of literature, share their insights with others, and preserve a record of their reading journey, enhancing their overall enjoyment of books.

Some pages you might include in a reading journal might include:
  • Favorite Book List
  • Reading Challenge
  • Plot Exploration
  • Theme Exploration

Some writing prompts that might be in a reading journal include:
  • What is the main plot of the book?
  • Discuss a character's development in the story.
  • Share a memorable quote or passage.
  • Explore the book's themes and messages.
  • Compare the book to your expectations.

If you want to learn more about making journal prompts, read or watch our journal prompt creation tutorial. Then, let's move onto making your journal.

How to Create a Reading Journal Using Canva

The video at the top of this page shows you how to edit your reading journal cover, by customizing fonts, understanding layers, adding text and images.

It also demonstrates creating a "Daily Reading Goals" page for your journal and includes other journal customization tips.

To make it easier to get started, creating our own reading journal for commercial or personal use, we have the templates to get you started.

Let us help make fast work of creating and publishing your reading journal to help you and/or your customers keep track and dig deeper into the books they read.

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