Diaries — er, I mean, journals — and kids

When I visited my 11-year-old niece during last week’s holiday, I learned that she had recently purchased and donated a copy of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid to her previous 5th grade classroom.  My niece’s former teacher had written her a nice thank you note saying that the students were lining up to get their chance to read the book.

To me, this was real-life proof that Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a popular series!

When I realized that we had recently created an original Book Reading of Jeff Kinney introducing the book and reading from it, I thought, “The kids are going to love this!”

Jeff Kinney’s introduction to the book really underscores the interplay between drawing and writing, reminding me of how Jack Gantos teaches journaling.

Also, the short excerpt that Jeff Kinney shares reminds me of those so-important-at-that-age differences between diaries and journals.

Finally, given that his drawings are nearly stick figures, I think Jeff Kinney’s Author Name Pronunciation is particularly appropriate.

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