Reading Logs / Book List for Homeschool (or any school, really!)

I took my boring old books lists (reading logs) and I kicked them up a notch… mamasbrush style! If you are new here, that means changing things up seasonally… sometimes even monthly (as is the case here)!

Printable Illustrated Book Log | mamasbrush

AKA book list, reading log, reading list, reading record, book record.  Great for evaluations or independant reading trackers.

If you’ve been around here long, you know that before I’m a blogger, designer, artist, or small business owner (check out my shops in the sidebar), I’m a mom… and a homeschool mom at that… to 6 kids. Any homeschool moms reading? Leave me a quick comment and tell me how many kiddos you have! 🙂

Printable Illustrated Book Log | mamasbrush

AKA book list, reading log, reading list, reading record, book record.  Great for evaluations or independant reading trackers.

Where was I? Ah yes, homeschooling! Always homeschooling! (I know for most of you, school just ended, but we homeschool all year, so we are getting ready to kick off a new school year at the beginning of July.) As such, I have a number of tools I’ve developed over the years. With my younger set, the ones learning to read and practicing to be more fluent, I started using book lists several years ago. I make a list of the books I want my littles to read through in order to practice what they know and to push them just a bit out of their comfort zone. When they finish a book, they put a sticker or a check mark or a smiley face in one of the boxes after the title. I encourage them to read the shorter books (not the chapter books) multiple times for fluency, so there are several columns for stickers. When they finish a list, I pick books from the next level up and start a new book list.

All this said, while fully functional, they aren’t especially cute. That is to say they weren’t especially cute. Well, one of the reasons it’s been a little quiet around here lately (other than all the gardening and asparagus… oh, the asparagus!) is that I’ve been overhauling my book lists. They are now, officially, cute. — At least I think they are cute! 🙂

Printable Illustrated Book Log | mamasbrush

AKA book list, reading log, reading list, reading record, book record.  Great for evaluations or independant reading trackers.

There is a different page for each month with unique artwork that fits the theme (northern hemisphere only, sorry if your seasons don’t match!), plus a few extras for holidays and good measure!

Printable Illustrated Book Log | mamasbrush

AKA book list, reading log, reading list, reading record, book record.  Great for evaluations or independant reading trackers.

I also created a chart for older kids/ adults who would rather have a place to put the date finished instead of stickers.

These charts are great for summer reading logs, assigned or free reading records for school or homework, or homeschool families. I love how it helps me record what the kids were reading for our portolios and evaluations at the end of the school year.

Some of my kids use them in their binders, others on a clipboard or taped to the wall. Keep them handy for best use!

I’ve finally got these digital downloads in my etsy shop. You can print them as many times as you want for as many kids as you have.

Pop over and take a look, then come back here and let me know which month’s design is your favorite!

Printable Illustrated Book Log | mamasbrush

AKA book list, reading log, reading list, reading record, book record.  Great for evaluations or independant reading trackers.

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April Egg Log – Bullet Journal Style Record Page

April Egg Log - Bullet Journal Style Egg Record/ Log for keeping track of your flock's egg production.

Remember these?

Last year I hand drew some bullet journal pages to keep track of my chicken eggs. Sadly, we’re poor on the follow through and rarely remember to fill them in. 🙂 But they were fun to make and some of you really liked them. I know that you are really good at keeping records about your flock, and I want you to have some cute record sheets to use!

Watercolor Chicken Artwork by mamasbrush

I created some cute chicken artwork just for the occasion. I’ve set myself a goal of creating these egg logs each month, but life does get busy in the spring/summer, so no promises. 🙂 If you don’t want to miss any, click to “follow” in the side bar! 🙂

Download your April Egg Log here.

You can print them full size and put them in your 3 ring chicken or farm binder or on a clipboard. You can also shrink them when you print and glue or tape them into your bullet journal. Let me know what you decide.

Update March 2022: New in my Etsy shop… I now have egg logs for all 12 months with seasonal artwork to bring some fun and whimsy to your daily tasks! Come on over to check them out!

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Art Journal vs. Bullet Journal

What is the difference between an art journal and a bullet journal? Which one is right for me?

These are great questions! And to be honest, a year ago, I don’t think I could have answered you. As it turns out, they can be as different or as similar as you want them to be. Anything with the word “journal” in it can be tweaked to fit you. There are no hard fast rules. Truly, if there were, who would be coming to make sure you are following them? Your journals, you make the rules!

But, still, what’s the difference?

Art Journal vs. Bullet Journal: What is the difference?

For me, the difference is found in the purpose.

Bullet Journals
The purpose of my bullet journal is organization, record keeping, and memories. I write what I’m reading in the Bible, what I am thankful for and the things and people I am praying for. I make a list of the seeds I’m planting and how many eggs the kids bring in each day from the chicken yard. Using a bullet journal helps me not to have loose papers all over the house.

Art Journals
The purpose of my art journal is to practice my painting and to make a memory. I follow prompts that help push me out of my comfort zone some days and other days I paint something special from that day. For me, there are no rules in my art journal and it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s just for me.

When they cross over
Sometimes bullet journals and art journals cross over, and that’s okay too. Remember, your journals are whatever you want them to be. Some people only put words in their Bullet Journals, others make them fancy with stickers and washi tape, while others cover them with original drawings or even tape paintings inside. I love seeing form and function married into a beautiful Bullet Journal, but that isn’t for everyone.

In the end, I do a little bit of both. When life is crazy, I do less decorating in my bullet journal and leave my art journal behind altogether. When I’m feeling creative but don’t have an outlet for it, I bring one or the other out and go crazy. 🙂

Bullet journal for kids: Homeschool Assignments Pages

One more idea
We homeschool and I’ve started organizing my older children’s schoolwork bullet journal style. Until recently, I just made columns and filled them in, but in the last week or so, I’ve been trying to make them a little more fun. This week I asked my daughter what she wanted her theme to be and she picked cupcakes. She thinks it’s fun and I got to merge my form and function. 🙂 (Note: I used kid’s markers for these pages and for some of my others. I just tape together two pages so the bleed through doesn’t show.)

Do you have a bullet and or art journal? How do you use them?

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April Egg Production Tracker for the Bullet Journal

***Updated 4/2/19: I have begun making printables for your homestead.  Find a growing library of them here.

April Egg Production Tracker

I’ve been busy here with non art related things.  First off, we had baby chicks in the house.  Then there is the outside work when weather was good.  And in my “free” time, I’ve been working on my now six year old’s quilt (it was a birthday gift for her 4th birthday.)  Ahem.

So, I was excited to have a couple things in the art world take priority this week.  Two are cards I worked on for ladies at church (hopefully I’ll be able to share them soon.)

This is the other.  April was starting and I needed somewhere to log our chicken egg production.  So I thoroughly enjoyed a couple hours of quiet yesterday afternoon, after I got the kitchen clean, finishing up this page in my farm journal. 🙂

April Egg Production Tracker

I’m not thrilled with the colors.  I still say that kid’s markers work fine for this, but the color choices don’t always end up being exactly what I wanted.  Oh well.  It’s a bullet journal.  I’m choosing to let go of perfection and just enjoy the process. 🙂

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More Bullet Journal Pages for the Farm

***Updated June 2022: I have new garden harvest/journal pages available!  Check out my post about them here, or hop over to my shop to find them!

Bullet Journal Title Page for my Farm Journal

I considered waiting until I have a complete finished collection of bullet journal pages to share all at once, but I realize that it may never happen.  So… here are a few more.  This is the cover page in my farm journal.  I’m new to illustrating with markers, so I was afraid of tackling the radishes with them.  Especially accomplishing the gradient, but I’m super happy with how it turned out. It’s crisp, clean, plenty of negative space, and yet some of that deliberate messy.  It just makes me happy!

And yes, those are my kids markers.  It doesn’t have to be fancy to be fun!

Brooder Log for Baby Chicks
My 10 year old assured me that water is NOT blue.  When I stepped back to look at it, I decided she’s right.  Oh well.

This page sits beside my Egg Tracker.  It’s basically a brooder log.  We purchased some chicks from Tractor Supply a week and a half ago to replenish our laying flock (some of our chickens are almost 4 years… that’s ancient for laying hens as far as productivity goes) and as soon as we can diy an incubator, we’ll be incubating some meat chickens.  Hopefully we’ll do several batches this spring/summer.  With all those babies and all the different start dates and ages and details, I wanted a way to organize it all.  That said, we’ve never really done this before, so I don’t know what organizational method will be best, so I decided to start with a log.  This one may just be for March, or it may spill over and I’ll just make new pages when I need them.

Garden Layout Page in my Farm Bullet Journal

And this is the back half of my garden plan.  It shows about 50 feet across by 25ish feet back.  Hopefully I’ll have the front half and our property layout done for you soon so you can visualize everything a bit better.  I left the plants in pencil, even though I really want to draw in each individual plant for a nice pretty garden illustration, but so many things could change and I have things so tightly packed together in permiculture/companion planting style, that I decided not to.  One of my future pages will include a plant list with dates to know and remember, so you’ll see my plans more then.

I also included Hebrews 6:7, “For Land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated receives a blessing.”  I know it is referencing our hearts, but I love the relation to gardening and the reminder of how God uses the every day of His creation to talk to our hearts.

You’ll also notice that my sketches from one side to the other are different.  I did these up on graph paper weeks ago and apparently one of them is off.  I decided not to redo them though.  Who has time for that.  Release the perfectionism and move on.  I would not be doing a bullet journal at all if I was going to try to have a perfect one.  I wouldn’t get anything done actually.  Perfectionism is the enemy of accomplishment.  That’s what I say anyway.

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Bullet Journal Page: Egg Production Tracker

***Updated 3/2022:  I now have 12 monthly egg count forms in my Etsy store.  Click over to check them out!

***Updated 4/2/19: I have begun making printables for your homestead.  Find a growing library of them here.

Egg Production Record Page in my Farm Bullet Journal

I haven’t had a lot of time for extras lately, and definitely not for any finished projects!  Good weather means outside chores and work in the garden and pruning trees and vines.  Homeschooling and getting dinner on the table are about all I have energy for after that (if I get even that much done).

I have been working on my new bullet journal pages, though, in little moments, and although not many of them are finished either, I did finish our page for recording egg production and chicken related finances.  We are trying to be better about tracking numbers for later reference and to see if our measures for saving money are helping.  I just love that it can be pretty at the same time.  (Behind the scenes: I have been using my kid’s markers alongside my artist pens for bullet journaling.  Fancy markers – or pens for that matter – aren’t necessary to do this!)

Here it is a little closer:


The kids love to put the numbers in each morning and evening when we collect eggs.

I’m hoping to have my March pages and my new farm specific bullet journal for you to see soon.  Maybe even before the end of the month. 🙂  With two birthdays and a “twins” baby sprinkling over the next couple weeks, I’m not making any promises.  But at least you got this sneak peak. 🙂

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Pushing through some quirks


I’ve been known to be anti-trendy.  Which is to say that if it’s trendy, I prefer to stay away from it… even if I like it.

I’m not sure why I’m like that, but I am… sorry.

That’s why it was so weird a couple weeks ago when I, standing in front of the tape display at Office Max, told my husband I wanted a roll of washi tape.  I blame Shayda!  Apparently I really am last on this boat because my mom and my sister both have collections of the stuff.  Who knew?  But I loved how Shayda used washi tape in her bullet journal.


Yes, I know.  Bullet journals are all the rage right now too.  But I’ve resisted… until now.  Who has time for all that non-sense (sorry… not hating, I promise!)  I have secretly been stalking bullet journalers on youtube lately.  Have you ever seen a “plan with me” video?  Well, I’ve been watching some of my favorite youtube artists plan their bullet journals and part of me wants to jump in.  But….  I use my phone for my calendar stuff… and it’s working for me.  And I have all my homeschool planning in an excel sheet… and it’s working for me.  I don’t NEED a bullet journal.

But then…

Just think, if I do a little chicken doodle every month on my egg tracker page, I may figure out how to draw them. 🙂

What about all the things I don’t currently have a system for?  Like tracking my chickens?


A spot for recording what I’m thankful for?


My Bible reading highlights? (This doubles as a tracker for reading and meditating on God’s Word every day for me… in addition to whatever I’ve done with the kids.)

I don’t usually jump in to stuff like this in the middle.  I’m a “start January 1st or not at all” kinda girl.  But I’m working on that.  I didn’t have the dot grid journal I wanted either, so I decided to just jump in with what I have as a sort of practice (see, I’m pushing through those quirks).  I’m trying it out.  I’m using the rest of this only half used composition notebook.  It’s not perfect, but it’s working.  And I’ve told myself I’m only doing this on trial for now.  (That’s less pressure for perfection!)

Going forward I’m thinking about using two different bullet journals, one for the “farming” side of my life and one for everything else.  If I can get a book I like, I’d like to start the “farming” journal in March (I’d better get on this).  My “regular” journal would include my prayer journal pages, gratitude, reading highlights, habit trackers (including weight loss), and homeschooling pages.  I’d like to start this one in July when we start our new school year (its a compromise to not starting January 1st).

The best part… when I don’t have time to be illustrating and painting like I would like to, a bullet journal gives me a chance to do something creative in little bits of time and to experiment with less pressure.  And something to share here… even if they are still pretty beginner level. 🙂  Some of my pages may be fancy and others may be plain.  We’ll see what I have time for.


Do you have a bullet journal?