DOODLE JOURNEYS, A FILL-IN JOURNAL FOR EVERY DAY EXPLORERS, by Dawn DeVries Sokol, Amulet Books/Abrams Books, Hachette Book Group


Travel for kids often means sitting in a plane, train, or car with an iPad on their laps—head down, headphones on, watching a movie or playing a mind-numbing game. In Doodle Journeys, an interactive guidebook, Dawn creates prompts that inspire children to pick up their head and look outside the window. They are challenged to imagine where they are going, what they might see. They are also dared to envision worlds that don’t exist.

The book will offer suggestions of marking tools (showing a TSA-approved artist kit), ways to adhere photos, and tips for how to document with doodles. Young explorers will use prompts on pages overflowing with colorful, vibrant backgrounds to encourage them to note and document what’s around them. Throughout the book are travel-inspired doodles and quotes.

Out April 17th, 2018


“Dawn DeVries Sokol is the author and designer of 10 books on doodling and art journaling, including Art to Start Doodling (Abrams, 2017), Doodle Zen (Abrams, 2016), A World of Artist Journal Pages (Abrams, 2015), Year of the Doodle (Abrams, 2015), The Doodle Circle (Abrams, 2013), and Art Doodle Love (Abrams, 2013). She has also illustrated and written a series of board books (Pet Palooza™, Gibbs Smith) for children. Sokol teaches her methods and techniques through her blog ( and other online venues, such as Her artwork has been shown in galleries from Tempe, AZ, to Tokyo, Japan. She has been published in numerous mixed-media magazines and art books. In her Tempe studio—a mess of inks, paints, papers, and journals—she creates in hopes of inspiring others to find their creative voice.”


I received this journal in exchange for my honest review.

This is a great travel journal that you can fill-in and day-dream about places you wish you could visit.

This is an excellent tool to take along and fill in to keep later as a keepsake of your travels.  It has 159 pages full of fun things to do to keep you busy and having fun!  It’s a perfect carrying size too with bright and cheerful colors on its pages. There’s even a section for taking an “imaginary trip!”

This book starts with an “Introduction,” then a section on “How to Use This Book” follows that.  There’s a brief section on “The Travel Toolkit” and then the book is divided into three chapters: Chapter One: Doodle Drills; Chapter Two: Imaginary Trips; and, Chapter Three: Real Journeys.

This book would offer any child ages seven to fourteen something fun and enjoyable.

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