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Free Spirit Publishing celebrating 30 years

Free Spirit News

October Is National Bullying Prevention Month

Create a bullying prevention display in your classroom or library featuring Free Spirit books. We have bullying prevention and conflict resolution resources for kids, tweens, teens, and adults. For more great titles on bullying, check out the book club recommendations from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Author Spotlight

Ron Shumsky, Psy.D., and Susan M. Islascox, M.A.

This month’s spotlight is on Ron Shumsky, Psy.D., and Susan M. Islascox, M.A., authors with Rob Bell, M.Ed., of The Survival Guide for School Success. The premise of their book is simple, from struggling students to academic all-stars, everyone can do better in school. By developing executive functions, described as “mental apps,” we all can improve focus and organization, which research proves are more valuable to school performance than intelligence or talent. Read on to learn about how they came up with such a creative approach to academic achievement.

Reviews & Accolades

Being Me with OCD

NBC News featured OCD advocates Lena Dunham, Maria Bamford, and Free Spirit’s own Alison Dotson (author of Being Me with OCD) in an eye-opening piece on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Click to read.

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Featured Product

Armond Goes to a Party

Armond doesn’t want to go to Felicia’s birthday party. Parties are noisy, disorganized, and smelly—all things that are hard for a kid with Asperger’s. Worst of all is socializing with other kids. But with the support of Felicia and her mom, good friends who know how to help him, Armond not only gets through the party, but he also has fun! Learn more.



Advisory Board Members Wanted

Free Spirit seeks early childhood educators and grades preK–12 teachers, administrators, librarians, counselors, and social workers to join its advisory board. In order to make our books and other products even more beneficial for children and teens, the advisory board will provide valuable feedback on things like content, text, and art and help us identify what educators need to support the kids they serve.

Free Spirit also seeks young people, grades 6 and up, to join its teen advisory council. In order to keep our books and other products current and relevant, the advisory council provides valuable feedback on such things as the design, art, and content of our resources for young people.



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