Best Literacy Journals that Pair with Any Book

Updated: Aug 12

One of the best things one can do as an educator is to provide students with “voice and choice”. The recommended journals below are categorized by grade level, and each allows students to pick ANY book of their choice. Here’s the best part, students must complete creative activities post-reading, make predictions, and be an investigator as they read. At Tabletop Educators, we believe the old summarize and writing down the pages read aren’t enough.


For one, it’s not fun. And two, there’s no analyzing happening of the text. These journals allow students of different ages and grade levels to explore the texts on a deeper level. They will take away more from the text than simply being able to say what happened in the book. Skip ahead to your grade level and check out the sample download pages.


Grades 2-3


“My First Reading Adventure” gives age and grade-level appropriate creative writing prompts and drawing activities your students will love. This journal helps foster a love of reading and writing in all kids. Book 1 is perfect for kids ages 6-9, who have a basic understanding of reading and writing, and are ready to jump into their first chapter books! My Tabletop Journals can be paired with ANY book, which allows your students to read what they enjoy while learning critical thinking and creative writing skills. Download the freebie pages below, and if you love these, get the whole journal using promo code EDU10.

My First Reading Adventure

Grades 4-5


“My Reading Expedition” is the perfect journal to get your students excited about reading and writing. This journal is made for grades 4-5. This journal comes with comprehension questions that can be used with ANY book, and with writing prompts to help ignite their imagination and love of writing. These journals help students learn how to think about what they have read, ultimately increasing their comprehension and reading skills, and are also a great way to help your students learn to love reading. These fun, interesting, and interactive prompts make reading and writing an adventure! Download the freebie pages below, and if you love these, get the whole journal using promo code EDU10.


My Reading Expedition


Grades 6-7


“My Reading Mission” helps foster a love of reading and writing in all students. This journal is perfect for kids grades 6 and 7. Whether your students are book lovers or learning how to love reading, this is the book for your classroom. “My Reading Mission” can be paired with ANY book, which allows your students to read what they enjoy while learning critical thinking and creative writing skills. Our mid-level prompts and creative drawing pages make reading an adventure students enjoy while preparing them for those years in middle school English class! Download the freebie pages below, and if you love these, get the whole journal using promo code EDU10.

My Reading Mission

Grade 8-9


“My Reading Journey” is designed for students in grades 8-9 and can be used in AIG classes for grades 6-7. Students can pair this journal with any book of their choosing. It allows them to put their own thoughts and reflections on the page with suggested writing and drawing prompts along the way. Avid readers will enjoy putting their creative minds at work while struggling readers will find a love of reading for the first time with our easy-to-use reading prompts! Download the freebie pages below, and if you love these, get the whole journal using promo code EDU10.

My Reading Journey

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