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Partnering Intelligence


Free Spirit Publishing is partnering with the Preventive Medicine and Public Health Division of Partnering Continuum, Inc. to offer resources within the U.S. medical community. Free Spirit resources have been used by state departments of health, pediatricians and family psychologists, school and community social workers, mental health practitioners, and others in the healthcare community.

 Self-Care for Kids

Be the Boss of Your Body® Series

by Timothy Culbert, M.D., and Rebecca Kajander, C.P.N.P., M.P.H.

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.

Be the Boss of Your Pain

Kids learn ways to manage and relieve the pain of common headaches and stomachaches, as well as pain related to injuries and illness. Self-care skills include belly breathing, positive self-talk, aromatherapy, and acupressure.

Be the Boss of Your Stress

Kids learn to recognize the signs of stress, feel less stress, and deal with stress in healthy ways. They discover how relaxation, positive thinking, good choices, and self-care skills can help relieve stress.

Be the Boss of Your Sleep

Kids learn to control how their body sleeps—even when they’re having trouble sleeping. Self-care techniques help them fall asleep faster, stay asleep, and deal with fears and discomfort so they can feel well rested and energized every day.


Dr. Culbert was recently featured in Minnesota Medicine magazine article,
“Read This and Call Me in the Morning.”

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Germ Prevention

“This book should be in every pediatrician’s and family physician’s waiting room and at every childcare center, preschool, and early elementary school.”
—Joseph J. Sockalosky, M.D., Director of Medical Education, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Germs Are Not for Sharing helps children understand what germs are and why it’s so important to keep them from spreading. A special section for grown-ups and kids to read together goes into more detail.

Germs Are Not for Sharing is part of the award-winning Best Behavior™ series. Available in two versions:

a durable board book for ages baby–preschool

and a more in-depth paperback for ages 4–7.

State Departments of Health have selected to distribute the Germs Are Not for Sharing books in a variety of ways:

  • Tennessee distributed 14,500 books to state Head Start and health services coordinators, community health development managers, directors of school health, emergency preparedness staff, and maternal and child health program coordinators as a resource to spread the word about important personal hygiene to stop the spread of influenza, colds, and other diseases. 
  • Maine provided the Germs books to their public health nurses to use as gifts for children with positive TB skin tests during home visits.
  • Florida used the books as incentives to reinforce the message about not spreading germs and good personal hygiene for those who participated in their Food Safety Workshops.
  • Ohio distributed the Germs books during follow-up visits to childcare centers that participated in their handwashing training.

Managing a large initiative? Contact our Education Sales department for information on quantity discounts.

Learn more about our Best Behavior series.

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Grief, Loss, & Depression

Free Spirit isn’t afraid to tackle tough topics such as teen depression, grief and loss, and kids and anxiety. Free Spirit authors are experts in their fields and have worked extensively counseling children and adolescents.

 Resources include:

Looking for children and teen books on stress management, anger, self-esteem, or conflict resolution? View all of our Counseling & Support resources.

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