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Amelia's Notebook

(Amelia's Notebooks #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,521 ratings  ·  180 reviews
When Amelia’s mom gives her a journal for her birthday, she finally has a place to share her truest feelings at last!

Nine-year-old Amelia’s 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 ol
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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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. ...more
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 b
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. ...more
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 wer
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
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 leve
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 set ...more
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 handwritte ...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
Amelia’s 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. It’s been fun revisiting this series as an adult, and I would love to see what my 7-11 year old nieces think of Amelia.
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 instantl ...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 se ...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: Amelia’s 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 Amelia’s 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 I’m 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 doesn’t feel too dated (the long-distance phone rules won’t make sense to kids now, but that’s one of the few moments that felt odd) and the many marginal illustrations are clever and fun. I’m definitely going to try to hand-well this to kids after the winter ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved these books when I was younger so I decided to go back and read them all over again from the very beginning and read the ones I didn’t get to read at the end of the series. They are all amazing and I want to thank Marissa Moss so much for the hours of entertainment back when I was younger and now in coronavirus!
Luckily, by looking up the whole Amelia series, I found out about her other little series with Daphne and Max along with the historical journals. I am currently reading them now
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 sho
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-tangible
I can't believe there are 29 books in this series! I think I only got up to the 4th book as I think I was reading them as they were coming out (??). I loved how fun these books (or should I say notebooks?) were to read. Opening them up it felt like you were reading someone's journal. Lined paper, handwritten font, illustrations, objects that were taped to the pages (drawn to look like such with tape and shadows), all came together to really create the feel of a real journal. And Amelia was such ...more
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! ...more
J.A. A Giaquinto
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." ...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 :) ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Amelia’s 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 someone’s diary. All of the drawings and little notes included in the stories really made the books so fun to read!
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!
Melissa Deck
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg, These were my favorite books as a kid! I’m so happy I found this title browsing goodreads (because I couldn’t remember the name of the series for the life of me). I remember as a kid trying to replicate/take ideas from Amelia’s journals to use in my own journals. Def recommend!!
The Amelia's Notebooks series was one of my all time favorite book series when I was a kid. I still have all of them stashed away in my childhood bedroom. I still love how they take the format of a composition notebook, it really does make it feel like you're reading through someone's journal! ...more
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amelia and her (many) notebooks were such an important part of my childhood. Reading it again as an adult, I felt like I -- and she -- had hardly aged a day. Absolutely delightful art, stories, and formatting. It truly reads like a young girl's journal (but one with better art than mine ever had!). ...more
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Marissa Moss has written more than seventy books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the Amelia's Notebook series, her books are popular with teachers and children alike. Her picture book Barbed Wire Baseball won the California Book Award gold medal. Moss is also the founder of Creston Books, an independent children's publishing house. ...more

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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