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Free Spirit’s award-winning books offer solid information and jargon-free advice for teens, kids, parents, and educators on a variety of timely topics from bullying and parenting to stress and school success. Click here to see a list of topics on which our authors can provide advice and insight. Browse our online catalog for books on all of these subjects and many more.
ADHD in HD by Jonathan Chesner
Your Life in Comics by Bill Zimmerman
Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., Philippe Cousteau, and EarthEcho International
Teen Cyberbullying Investigated by Judge Tom Jacobs
Middle School Confidential™ Series by Annie Fox, M.Ed.
Good-Bye Bully Machine by Debbie Fox and Allan L. Beane, Ph.D.
ADHD in HD
“Pick up a copy of this book. You’ll be slain by its radness.”—ADDitude
“ADHD in HD works at several levels—as a validation for those with ‘special brains,’ a suggestion guide for surviving and adapting, both in school and life, and a brief and non-threatening introduction to others who know, live, work with, or teach someone with ADHD. The book should be read by all educators and given to any adolescent diagnosed with this disorder.”—VOYA
Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn't Learn in College)
“Kriegel has written [an] invaluable guide to help other new teachers navigate their first year and beyond.”—ForeWord
Make a Splash!: A Kid's Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands
“The first time a child sees an ocean or a great river, magic happens. Make A Splash! reaches for the hearts of all young people who love wild water, and who want to do something to keep it pure and everlasting.”—Carl Hiaasen, author of Chomp
“Kids who read this book will find themselves captivated by the world of water and primed to do their part in protecting it.”—Eileen Spinelli, author of over 40 children’s books, including Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green
Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are
“Although it may not be educational in the grammar-and-algebra sense, this app’s focus on hot-button middle school issues like bullying, family conflict, and changing friendships makes it worth checking out.”—MSNBC
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)
“Verdick and Reeve’s guide manages to skillfully balance on the edge between information-heavy academic books and too-simplistic books for young children. They have produced an informative, practical guide for late elementary and middle school students that neither talks down to them nor floats above their heads.”—VOYA
“[U]seful and easily readable . . . with lots of practical advice, especially appropriate for grade-schoolers and their caregivers.”—Kirkus
The Weird series
“Heaphy’s pen-and-ink illustrations are dotted with highlights of color that spotlight the main characters. She is a master of facial expression and body language; Sam’s hoodie sweatshirt speaks volumes all on its own.”—Kirkus
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Mealtime and On-the-Go Time, written by Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen, are winners of Creative Child Magazine's 2012 Preferred Choice Award in the Toddler Board Books category.
How to Talk to an Autistic Kid is a winner of the ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Award in the Juvenile Nonfiction category.
The Gifted Teen Survival Guide is a winner of the 2011 Midwest Book Award in two categories: Young Adult Nonfiction and Education/Learning.
The Gifted Teen Survival Guide and How to Talk to an Autistic Kid are finalists in ForeWord magazine's 2012 Book of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced on June 23, 2012 at the American Library Association conference in Anaheim, California.
How to Talk to an Autistic Kid is recipient of the Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family.
Bedtime and Calm-Down Time, written by Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen, are both recipients of Creative Child Magazine's 2011 Preferred Choice Award in the Toddler Board Books category.
Free Spirit founder and president Judy Galbraith was honored with the prestigious 2011 California Association for the Gifted Ruth A. Martinson Award. This award is given for a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in the area of gifted and talented education.
Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You by Rebecca Kajander, C.P.N.P, M.P.H., and Timothy Culbert, M.D., won the Midwest Book Award in the Children’s Nonfiction category.
The Delaware Valley Reading Association (DVRA) has awarded their annual Celebrate Literacy Award to Judy Lalli, author of I Like Being Me. The award recognizes Judy’s efforts to promote literacy through her books and workshops, which DVRA president Theresa Deckebach called “engaging, effective, and memorable. [Judy’s] advocacy of early literacy development is paramount to our success with students.”
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