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Book Series

With Free Spirit’s series, you get even more of the books you want and love. From our best-selling board books for toddlers and preschoolers to series on social-emotional skills and character education, these books offer up-to-date information and practical, kid-friendly advice for kids, tweens, and teens—as well as for their parents and teachers.

All of our series are growing—often in response to customer requests for new titles. Is there a topic you want to see covered? Is there a topic you want to see covered? Contact us here or send an email to help4kids@freespirit.com.


The Adding Assets Series for KidsBeing the Best Me! SeriesThe Best Behavior® Series  • The Best Behavior™ Bilingual Editions Be the Boss of Your Body® Series • Happy Healthy BabyTM SeriesThe How to Take Action! Series • Kids Are Important SeriesThe Laugh and Learn™ SeriesThe Learning to Get Along® SeriesThe Middle School Confidential Series • Our Emotions and Behavior Series • The ParentSmart/KidHappy™ SeriesSafe & Caring Schools® SeriesThe Teens & the Law Series • The Toddler Tools® Series • The Weird series • Zach Rules Series

 

 
  The Adding Assets Series for Kids
by Ann Redpath, Ed.D., Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick



Researchers at Search Institute have identified 40 good things all kids need in their lives. Called Developmental Assets, they include a loving family, a caring neighborhood, self-esteem, and a commitment to learning. Requested by parents and teachers, supported by data, the Adding Assets series empowers kids ages 8 to 12 to build their own assets. Each book includes meaningful, appealing, age-appropriate ideas kids can try at home, at school, in their neighborhood, in their faith community, and with their friends.

People Who Care About You
Helping Out and Staying Safe
Doing and Being Your Best
Smart Ways to Spend Your Time
Loving to Learn
Knowing and Doing What’s Right
Making Choices and Making Friends
Proud to Be You
A Leader’s Guide to the Adding Assets Series for Kids
Special Savings! Set of 8 Adding Assets Books
Special Savings! Set of 8 Adding Assets Books AND Leader's Guide

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  Being the Best Me! Series
by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., illustrated by Elizabeth Allen

 
From the author of the popular Learning to Get Along® books come the first four titles in this one-of-a-kind character-development series. Each of the 12 books planned for the Being the Best Me! series helps children learn, understand, and develop attitudes and character traits that strengthen self-confidence and a sense of purpose.

Children will relate to the engaging illustrations, real-life situations, and easy-to-understand examples. Each book focuses on specific attitudes or character traits—such as optimism, courage, resilience, imagination, personal power, decision-making, or work ethics. Also included are discussion questions, games, activities, and additional information adults can use to reinforce the concepts children are learning. Filled with diversity, these read-aloud books will be welcome in school, home, and childcare settings.

Be Positive! hardcover paperback
Feel Confident! hardcover paperback
Have Courage! hardcover paperback
Bounce Back! hardcover paperback

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  The Best Behavior® Series

Simple words and delightful full-color illustrations guide children to choose peaceful, positive behavior. Selected titles are available in two versions: a durable board book for ages baby to preschool, and a longer, more in-depth paperback for ages 4 to 7. Kids, parents, and teachers love these award-winning books. All include helpful tips and ideas for parents and caregivers.

Diapers Are Not Forever Board Book
Feet Are Not for Kicking Board Book
Germs Are Not for Sharing Board Book and Paperback
Hands Are Not for Hitting Board Book and Paperback
Pacifiers Are Not Forever Board Book
Tails Are Not for Pulling Board Book and Paperback
Teeth Are Not for Biting Board Book
Words Are Not for Hurting Board Book and Paperback
Special Savings! Set of 8 Best Behavior board books
Special Savings! Set of 4 Best Behavior paperbacks


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  Be the Boss of Your Body Series
by Timothy Culbert, M.D., and Rebecca Kajander, C.P.N.P., M.P.H.



Everyone needs to see a doctor sometimes. But we all can do a lot to take care of our own health and wellness—and that includes kids. Written by a pediatrician and a nurse practitioner, these upbeat, empowering books help children ages 8 and up discover the body’s natural healing abilities. Kids explore how their body, mind, and spirit work together, learn simple self-care skills, and form better lifestyle habits—for now and a healthier future.

Be the Boss of Your Pain
Be the Boss of Your Sleep
Be the Boss of Your Stress 
Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You

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  Happy Healthy Baby Series
by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis

 

What can baby do today? Move . . . and reach, play, eat, cuddle, and rest. Appealing photographs and whimsical illustrations capture the moments and moods of baby’s day.The text uses rhythm and rhyme to hold baby’s attention. Giggle, wiggle, head to toe. Tap and clap and rock and roll! Busy babies grow healthy and strong as they move about, discovering the many things they can do!

As the books are shared with them, babies absorb concepts of love, safety, and confidence. At times lively, at times gentle, these sturdy-format baby board books reflect what every parent wants: a happy, healthy baby. Includes tips for parents and care providers. A perfect gift for baby showers, newborns, and birthdays.

Move
Cuddle
Reach
Eat
Play
Rest
Special Offer: Set of 6 Happy Healthy Baby Series books

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  Kids Are Important Series
by Julie Nelson, illustrated by Mary Gallagher

 
Our Kids Are Important series offers wise and practical help for kids going through troubled times—and for adults who are there to guide them. These gentle, affirming books are meant to be read aloud with kids sitting close by so everyone can see the full-color, true-to-life illustrations.

Kids Need to Be Safe
Families Change

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  The Laugh & Learn™ Series


Solid information, a kid-centric point of view, and a sense of humor combine to make each title in our Laugh & Learn series an essential tool for getting through life’s rough spots. Together they make a cool collection of self-help books that really help.

Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain
Bystander Power
Cliques, Phonies, & Other Baloney
Don't Behave Like You Live in a Cave
Dude, That’s Rude!
Get Organized Without Losing It

How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up
How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger
See You Later, Procrastinator! 
Siblings 
Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves!
True or False? Tests Stink!
Special Offer: The Complete Free Spirit Laugh and Learn™ Series

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  The Learning to Get Along® Series
by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed.


Social and emotional competence is key to success in school and in life. Young children need to learn how to deal with their emotions, make positive choices, solve problems, resolve conflicts, resist impulsive behavior, form relationships, work cooperatively, and more. Our Learning to Get Along series can be used in home and childcare settings, schools, and special education, including settings with children on the autism spectrum. Written for ages 4 to 8 and meant to be read aloud, each book focuses on a specific social skill and includes a special section for adults. All are positive, practical, and realistic—just what you’d expect from a Free Spirit series.

Accept and Value Each Person
Be Careful and Stay Safe 
Be Honest and Tell the Truth 
Be Polite and Kind 
Cool Down and Work Through Anger
Join In and Play
Know and Follow Rules
Listen and Learn
Reach Out and Give
Respect and Take Care of Things
Share and Take Turns
Talk and Work It Out
Try and Stick with It
Understand and Care
When I Feel Afraid
Special Offer: Set of 15 Learning to Get Along® Books
Learning to Get Along® Series Interactive Software

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  ParentSmart/KidHappy™ Series
by Stacey R. Kaye, MMR, illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba

  

Positive solutions to common parent-child struggles
Children will love the full-color pictures and tender stories, and parents and caregivers will learn the language of positive parenting. With honesty and gentle humor, each book shows parents how to handle daily transitions by giving encouragement, offering choices, and validating feelings. The result: you get through everyday challenges with less stress while building your child’s emotional intelligence.

Ready for Bed!
Ready for the Day!
Ready to Play!

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  Safe & Caring Schools® Series 
by Katia S. Petersen, Ph.D.

Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning

Hundreds of user-friendly lesson plans help teachers build attitudes of respect and caring, reduce problem behaviors, empower students to solve problems, and educate the whole child socially, emotionally, and academically. The lessons’ literature-based connections allow teachers to “build in” rather than “add on” social-emotional learning (SEL) as part of the daily curriculum. Each resource guide offers: Monthly themes focused on emotions, empathy, relationships, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, problem solving, decision making, teamwork, and self-esteem; literature-based lessons with curriculum integrations for using the lessons as part of language arts, social studies, science, math, art, and music; easy-to-implement lesson formats for all activities (Read, Discuss, Do, Relate); built-in assessments; reproducible activity handouts in the books and on CD-ROM.

Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning Grades PreK–K
Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning Grades 1–2
Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning Grades 3–5
Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning Grades 6–8

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by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

  

Clean-up time, bye-bye time, naptime . . . daily routines like these can be a challenge for any toddler, as well as for parents and caregivers. An award-winning author/illustrator team offers a fresh look at the times and transitions all toddlers face daily, giving young children the tools to handle routines with confidence and cooperation. The positive books in the Toddler Tools series can be shared before (or during) the desired “time,” or whenever toddlers need encouragement with routines.

Bedtime
Bye-Bye Time
Calm-Down Time 
Clean-Up Time 
Listening Time
Manners Time
 
Mealtime
Naptime
On-the-Go Time
Sharing Time
Special Offer: Set of 10 Toddler Tools® Board Books

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  Best Behavior™ Bilingual Editions
 



Now children and adults can enjoy these beloved books in English and Spanish. Each bilingual edition includes all of the children’s text along with a section for parents, teachers, and caregivers in both languages. Bilingual titles are available in two versions: a durable board book for ages baby–preschool, and a longer, more in-depth softcover for ages 4–7.

Germs Are Not for Sharing/Los gérmenes no son para compartir Paperback and Board Book
Hands Are Not for Hitting/Las manos no son para pegar Paperback and Board Book
Words Are Not for Hurting/Las palabras no son para lastimar Paperback and Board Book
Available June 2014: Diapers Are Not Forever/Los pañales no son para siempre Board Book

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  The How to Take Action! Series
by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. 



Free Spirit Publishing’s How to Take Action! series student workbooks can be used as stand-alone guides or in conjuction with The Complete Guide to Service Learning. Written by service learning expert, Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., they help students learn about serious issues facing the world today and how they can get involved. Kids read what others (including young people) have done and are doing to help, find out what their community needs, and develop a service project. Each guide includes facts, quotations, real-life examples, write-on pages, resources, a note to adults, and a whole lot of inspiration to get out there and make a difference!

A Kids’ Guide to Climate Change & Global Warming 
A Kids’ Guide to Helping Others Read & Succeed 
A Kids’ Guide to Hunger & Homelessness 
A Kids’ Guide to Protecting & Caring for Animals 

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  Middle School Confidential™ Series
by Annie Fox, M.Ed.

 


A contemporary, graphic-novel format that will draw in even reluctant readers

In middle school, everything can be complicated. The Middle School Confidential series follows six characters—Jack, Jen, Mateo, Abby, Chris, and Michelle—as they forge friendships, adjust to changing family dynamics, and navigate the social scene. Featuring a blend of fiction and practical advice, these books provide the answers tweens and teens need in a fun and engaging graphic-novel format. Illustrated character narratives are accompanied by quizzes, quotes from real kids, tips, tools, and resources.

Be Confident in Who You Are (Book 1)
Real Friends vs. the Other Kind (Book 2)
What’s Up with My Family? (Book 3) 

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  Our Emotions and Behavior Series
by Sue Graves and illustrated by Desideria Guicciardini

 

Small children have big feelings. The Our Emotions and Behavior series uses cheerful, brightly illustrated stories to help kids understand how their emotions and actions are related—and how they can learn to manage both. Follow along as Lucy, Sam, Nora, and other children discover ways to deal with anger, fears and worries, rules, sharing, and more. At the end of each book, a two-page series of pictures invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings.

But Why Can’t I? 
I’m Not Happy
Not Fair, Won’t Share
Who Feels Scared?
I Hate Everything!
But What If?
I Didn't Do It!
Take a Deep Breath
Special Offer: Set of 8 Our Emotions and Behavior series books

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  The Teens & the Law Series
by Judge Tom Jacobs

   

Judge Jacobs familiarizes young readers with our legal system, dispels myths and mysteries, and shows that the law is by and for the people—including teens. The books in the Teens & the Lawn series cover numerous important legal issues pertaining to young people, such as the rights of minors; the rights to privacy and freedom of expression; the rights of gay and lesbian students and students with disabilities; the rights of parents, schools, and workplaces; the voting and political system; abortion; living wills; traffic laws; curfews; probation; and juvenile versus adult court. Crimes discussed include forgery, obscene conduct, defamation, vandalism, gang related crimes, gambling, theft, underage drinking, drug and weapon possession, hacking, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, rape, hate crimes, arson, threats, and violence. Each book offers discussion points, tips and advice, detailed resources, emergency hotlines, and probing questions for further reflection.

They Broke the Law—You Be the Judge 
What Are My Rights?
Teen Cyberbullying Investigated

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  The Weird series
by Erin Frankel, illustrated by Paula Heaphy 

Weird! Dare!  Tough!

True-to-life stories of bullying told from all perspectives: the role of the target, the bystander, and the person doing the bullying

These three books tell the story of an ongoing case of bullying from three third graders’ perspectives. Luisa describes being targeted by bullying in Weird! Jayla shares her experience as a bystander to bullying in Dare! And in Tough!, Sam speaks from the point of view of someone initiating bullying. Kids will easily relate to Luisa, Jayla, and Sam, as each girl has her own unique experience, eventually learning how to face her challenges with the help of friends, peers, and caring adults. The books may be read separately or as a set; readers will enjoy tracking details that carry over from one book to another. Each book concludes with “activity club” pages for kids, as well as information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults reinforce the books’ messages and foster dialogue with children.

Weird!
Dare!
Tough!
Special Savings! Set of 3 Weird Series Books

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  Zach Rules Series
by William Mulcahy, illustrated by Darren McKee 

Zach ApologizesZach Gets Frustrated

 
Zach, his brothers Alex and Scott, and his parents are a typical family. The boys struggle with getting along, frustrations, social issues, and other everyday problems typical with kids ages 5 to 8. Each book in the Zach Rules series presents a single, simple storyline involving one such problem. As each story develops, Zach and readers learn straightforward tools for coping with their struggles. The tools are presented graphically to make them easier to understand and remember. Each book concludes with a short note to adults to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other grown-ups reinforce the books’ messages and practice the skills with their kids.

Zach Apologizes
Zach Gets Frustrated

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