Notable notebooks for writing and drawing

Lined and blank pages for all your writing needs.

Whether you keep a daily journal to help ground your mind, are looking for a specialty leather book for your handwritten keepsakes, or need a sturdy option for taking notes in class, a good notebook is an integral part of our learning and record keeping. Notebooks can stand the test of time, and will be there for you when WiFi isn’t.

We took a look at some notebooks that provide durability and functionality, such as rounded edges, elastic closure bands, leather straps and water resistant covers. Here are our favorite notebooks for all your handy work.

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A sleek design is a hallmark of Moleskine, and makes this a great notebook for well beyond the classroom. Available in both hardcover and softcover, both make for sturdy protection of interior notes. Elastic closure and rounded corners protect pages as well. Although Moleskine offers a variety of sizes and weights, the 5-by-8.25-inch size leaves room for notes while offering easy portability. Overall, it’s a great option for professionals and journalers.

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Far from your typical notebook, this leather-bound choice contains 240 pages of handmade cotton paper. The antique off-white/cream paper and leather cover and strap are reminiscent of a relic from antiquity. This is truly a unique notebook to write, draw, or collect your thoughts. The paper is suitable for calligraphy pens, brush and ball pens, acrylic colors, watercolor, and more. A true original.

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Offered in a variety of water-resistant colors, the Five Star college-ruled, 100-sheet notebooks are just right for single-subject note taking. Double-sided, 8.5-by-11-inch pages have three holes and are perforated—which is handy if you need to remove and put into a 3 hole binder. Each notebook is bound with a spiral lock coil binding that helps prevent the coils from catching on other things in your backpack.

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It’s hard to even imagine school without a classic Mead Composition Book. This ruled notebook contains 100 sheets with wide ruled lines, and features the classic marble pattern design on its thick cover. Smooth binding and rounded corners keep this notebook sturdy after heavy use. The inside covers feature quick reference multiplication tables, conversion tables, and grammar rules (they also contain a blank class schedule). Great choice if you don’t need to remove pages.

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Featuring heavyweight drawing paper suitable for pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and markers, the Travelogue notebook is a great choice for artists. Available in 6 different sizes depending upon your project needs, they also come in a few different binder colors to suit your personal preferences. Rounded corners help keep the book from wear and tear and the elastic closure keeps pages protected. The smaller notebook options would make great travel art journals.