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Amelia's Notebook

(Amelia's Notebooks #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,405 ratings  ·  174 reviews
When Amelias mom gives her a journal for her birthday, she finally has a place to share her truest feelings at last!

Nine-year-old Amelias mother gives her a blank notebook to write down her thoughts and tells her it will make her feel better. Why would a dumb notebook make me feel better, Amelia thinks. The only thing that will make Amelia feel better is going back to old
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Berkeley Poder no,its just like dork diaries its a girl writing down her feelings…moreno,its just like dork diaries its a girl writing down her feelings (less)

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Beckie Coldiron
" Amelia's Notebook" was definitely one of my absolute favorite books in fourth grade! Marissa Moss does an excellent job creating a book that reads just like your reading out of someone's journal. Besides the fun text she incorporates, she also includes hilarious pictures which help make the book even better. I will definitely implement this in my classroom library because it definitely encouraged me to use creativity in my writing, and I'm sure it'll encourage other children. I also would love ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
As a longtime fan of Disney Channel productions, this seemed right up my alley. It was a bit short and light on plot, but the illustrations were amusing, as well as the fun the protagonist had with the inside front and back covers of the notebook. Those who prefer more mature literature won't enjoy this, but, for kids at heart like me, this was fun.
Stephanie Rodriguez
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
***Spoiler Alert*** Have you ever had to move to a new school and move from your best friend? The genre of my book is historical fiction. I think it was a good book I think it was a funny overall I enjoyed the book. Also, Amelia has a big imagination and to me thats what makes the story intersting.

The setting of my story is school and I know this because Amelia talks about her teachers and students. Amelia moves to a new school and she has no friends. She really misses her best friend Nadia
Trina Marie
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read a few of these when I was little, and today I discovered a whole bunch of them at my local library so I'm rereading <3 <3 love love Amelia. LOVEEE American Girl books.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is the first book in the Amelia's Notebooks series by Marissa Moss. At the end of the school year in June, our oldest discovered one of the books in the series, Oh Boy, Amelia!, at a book giveaway at her school. She loved that book and I was surprised to see that there's a whole series of these journals and they're available at our local library. So we started at the beginning of the series with this book.

The narrative is a journal-like tale written by a middle-grade girl who is moving to
Holly Hardwick
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
I've never been much of a fan of graphic novels because I think the plot suffers in an effort to make illustrations the focus, and Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss is no exception. The novel is a choppy narrative of Amelia missing her friend and how much her sister annoys her. There is a slapped together resolution at the end where Amelia talks about becoming friends with Leah, which feels very rushed. I did not enjoy this story very much at all.
The aspect of this book that I did appreciate
Alyssa Roberts
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
After moving to a new town, nine year old Amelia gets a new journal as a gift from her mother. In her new journal, Amelia writes everything that happens to her and how she's feeling. She also uses the journal for doodling and a scrapbook. She even writes about her older sister Cleo, who "picks her nose with her little finger". The pages are colorful and mimic the format of the old black and white notebook that everyone has used at some point. The children friendly drawings and lots of ...more
Kaitlyn Stanfield
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Amelia's Notebook is written in a little girl's perspective of moving to a new house, a new city, and a new state. She is writing in a Notebook that her mother gave her to write down all of her thoughts to make her feel better about moving away from her home. In the Notebook, she draws pictures, talks about her sister Cleo, and her best friend Nadia. The Notebook has a purpose, it encourages students to imagine and to be creative with writing.
I think this book is more for the 3rd-5th grade
Sandy Sopko
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredibly special to our family. When Madeline and Michael were very young, we read this book. It was the inspiration for a family tradition that continues, twenty years later. I bought Madeline a composition book and she recorded our family vacations. Later Michael contributed, especially with drawings and cartoons. The notebook filled; a second one was started. We began gluing or taping in brochures, tickets, etc. The tradition of the vacation log reading began next -- before ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Both back when I was a kid and now, I really admire the creativity and originality of this book. It's a 9-year-old's view of the world through a composition notebook, and it's pretty dead-on, from what I can remember. I loved it when I was a kid because I was really jealous that Amelia could draw things that actually looked like what they were representing, and that the editorial team for the book kept the page structure of real comp notebooks, with the measurements table and class list. Really, ...more
Jessica Furtado
Amelias Notebooks was one of my favorite series when I was about 8 years old. I can vividly remember beginning to add more doodles and side notes in my own journals after being inspired by the Amelia books. Its been fun revisiting this series as an adult, and I would love to see what my 7-11 year old nieces think of Amelia. ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A childhood favorite. I carried this with me wherever I went for at least a couple of years. I will always love this book series. Re-reading as an adult, it's more clear that these stories and illustrations foster creativity, imagination & uniqueness. LOVE
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
MY CHILDHOOD! I used to be obsessed with these books - I read every single one of them.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wish I had read these when I was younger, so great!
Rayann Remick
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Ever since I was a little girl, I was a nerd for Archie's Comics. Unfortunately as I got older, the expectations for the books read in class got higher, and Archie was kicked to the curve. But then, I discovered graphic novels! Graphic novels have always been appealing to me, naturally because of their fantasizing pictures, and easy to read stories. You can imagine how excited I was when I saw what our genre of the week was in my literature class. I found Amelia's Notebook on Amazon and ...more
Lexi Radlove
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Amelia's notebook Is about a young girl and the story shares how she feels about leaving her old house and bedroom- because of her family moving, stories of her and her best friend, how she fights with her older sister cleo. When she is packing up her toys and clothes as she says goodbye to the shadows on the walls she envisions them as creatures. Later in her story she sees clouds and here also She sees the shapes as animals and this shows you continuously, how creative she is. She struggles ...more
Marlee Adams
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Summary: Nadia is the main character in the book, who has to face the hardship of moving away from her home and best friend. She spent many weeks upset, but then she realizes she is able to make new friends at her new home, while remaining in friendships with her old friends.

Evaluation: Amelias Notebook is a graphic novel, which journals the life of Amelia and the different things she experiences as she goes through this transition time.

Teaching Idea: I would use Amelias Notebook in a
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amelia's Notebook was the first book from my childhood that I recently reread. I used to love these books! This and the "California Diaries" are what got me into keeping a diary lol. I digress. The story was better than I remember. Amelia's character speaks a bit more "mature" than one expects from a 2nd grader but I love the details on the pages (including the mistakes). I also like how majority of the story is about Amelia's (slightly) complex emotions about moving and her bff. If I had a kid, ...more
Jody Timmins
I read this because it has been abandoned by students in my library, and Im trying to figure out whether to book talk it to the many kids who love Dork Dairies, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and all the other notebook novels. In general, the story doesnt feel too dated (the long-distance phone rules wont make sense to kids now, but thats one of the few moments that felt odd) and the many marginal illustrations are clever and fun. Im definitely going to try to hand-well this to kids after the winter ...more
Danielle Andino
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
Grade level(s): 2-5
Summary: Amelia's mother gives her a journal on her 9th birthday. Amelia shared her feelings and shares events in her life through script and pictures.
Review: I remember reading this book growing up and loving it. It made me want to have my own journal and write. I love that this is just one of an awesome series show children that it's okay to express feelings and you don't always have to write in a formatted way!
Uses: Independent reading, can also be used in a lesson to
Becca G
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this series a lot as an 8-10 year old and recently reread it to see how it holds up. While obviously for a younger audience, I still found Amelia charming and the format clever. Personally, I prefer this series over the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Definitely recommend to elementary readers, especial those who may be wary of reading.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Hasn't everyone succumbed to peeking into someone else's diary at one point or another? Feeding into the journaling aspirational planner craze, Moss's young heroine Amelia busily fills her first notebook with sketches, thoughts, ideas and funny little side doodles. A pleasure to peek here, and no guilt!
J.A. A Giaquinto
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
So I normally don't read children's books, but this one was one I remember loving as a kid, and it is interesting. The way it's chaotically written is like something I would have written when I was 9. I just wish it was a tab bit longer, but then again, it's a kid's book in the style of a "notebook."
Melissa Deck
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg, These were my favorite books as a kid! Im so happy I found this title browsing goodreads (because I couldnt remember the name of the series for the life of me). I remember as a kid trying to replicate/take ideas from Amelias journals to use in my own journals. Def recommend!! ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Amelias journal books were some of my favorites growing up. I loved that the format was so different than any other book I read and really felt like you were getting a peak at someones diary. All of the drawings and little notes included in the stories really made the books so fun to read! ...more
Beth Hodge
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved these books I'm elementary school. I think they may have sparked my love of journaling and sending postcards! I had a computer game based off these books where you could keep an electronic journal and decorate it like the books. It was awesome :)
Kalliope Bessler
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely in love with these books in second and third grade. They were fast, easy reads and the illustrations and style kept me interested the whole way through. I would probably still read them at age 20 if I could track some of them down!
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Oh man I LOVED this book as a kid.
I started keeping a journal on and off since I was 9. I always wished I could journal like Amelia.
Funny and well written.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Classic... Going to buy all of them!
Ashley Brown
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books in the 4th grade, I've held on to all of my Amelia's Notebooks so my daughter can enjoy them someday too!
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Who is Marissa Moss anyway?

Ive been making childrens books for a looooong time. I sent my first picture book to publishers when I was nine, but it wasnt very good and they didnt publish it. I didnt try again until I was a grown-up and then it took five years of sending out stories, getting them rejected, revising them and sending them back over and over until I got my first book. Now Ive published

Other books in the series

Amelia's Notebooks (1 - 10 of 29 books)
  • Amelia Writes Again (Amelia's Notebooks, #2)
  • Amelia Hits The Road (Amelia's Notebooks, #3)
  • Amelia Takes Command (Amelia's Notebooks, #4)
  • Amelia's Boredom Survival Guide (Amelia's Notebooks, #5)
  • Luv, Amelia Luv, Nadia (Amelia's Notebooks, #6)
  • The All-New Amelia (Amelia's Notebooks, #7)
  • Amelia Works It Out (Amelia's Notebooks, #8)
  • Amelia's Family Ties (Amelia's Notebooks, #9)
  • Madame Amelia Tells All (Amelia's Notebooks, #10)
  • Oh Boy, Amelia! (Amelia's Notebooks, #11)

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